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A K12 Educator’s Guide to Open Source Software

There’s a very cool project I am very lucky to have the opportunity to work on, this coming month. It’s pretty exciting to me, because it involves introducing elementary school children to free & open source software, particularly creative tools such as my dearly beloved Inkscape and Gimp. Here’s a bit of a teaser: I … Continue reading

Mockups in your hand & Authconfig test day tomorrow!

Mockups in your hand It’s surreal, but effective, to print out mockups and play around with them. These were used in the authconfig-gtk revamp. I used these to figure out if the sequence of policy kit dialogs would make sense. I walked around the office and bugged a couple folks, explaining the scenario (“You just … Continue reading

Design Hub Update

So progress is happening on Design Hub! Robby from Isotope 11 continues to work on the prototype, Colin Zwiebel has been working on setting up infrastructure, and I’ve been hacking on the CSS in any spare time I can scrounge up. (What’s Design Hub? It’s one of the ideas we talked about at the GNOME … Continue reading

Getting ready for Fedora 13 to rock it!

I just wanted to highlight this Fedora 13 countdown banner design Alexander Smirnov posted to the Fedora Design Team list recently. As we get closer to launch, the rocket will fire up more and more. The SVG source is available on his Fedora People page, and he has also provided a script to handle outputting … Continue reading

Inkscape & GIMP talk at LibrePlanet This Friday!

This Friday, from 2:00-3:30 PM at the Harvard Science Center in Cambridge Massachusetts, I’ll be giving a talk on how to use Inkscape and GIMP at LibrePlanet, the Free Software Foundation’s annual free software community conference. As you can see, it will be an epic battle. Wilbur will bravely take on the evilly-grinning mountain that … Continue reading

A rich web interface for mailing lists

Luke Macken and I had a little mini hackfest today on improving collaboration in Fedora. This is an idea we came up with this afternoon and I mocked up most of it on the bus ride home tonight. (A 2-hour bus ride home as the post-Boston-flood road conditions and traffic during rush hour were really … Continue reading

Fedora 13’s Artwork – Need Your Help for F13 Beta!

So now that Fedora 13 Alpha is out…. have you given it a try? What do you think about the wallpaper? We want to hear your feedback, because there isn’t actually that much time to update the wallpaper for beta, I think a little over a week. We haven’t gotten much feedback about it yet, … Continue reading

Another Design Hub mockup

I worked on another mockup for the mockup collaboration tool I blogged about a while back – Josh from Isotope11 coined the name ‘Design Hub’ and I like it, so that’s what I’m calling it now. 🙂 I put this together for Robby from Isotope11, who has been rocking out on implementing a prototype of … Continue reading

Charline’s Icon Usability Study

On Friday at the GNOME London UX Hackfest, Charline from Canonical gave us some details on an icon usability study she had run recently for the Launchpad icon set. Here’s my notes from the session: Methodology The study was done as a survey. The study was for Launchpad, so a link to the survey … Continue reading

The one where the designers ask for a pony

One of the topics Garrett made sure to bring up at the GNOME London UX Hackfest was how us designers could continue to collaborate after the hackfest was over. This has been a recurring issue, as us designers meet every year or so, at GUADEC, at UX hackfests, or at GNOME Boston Summits (or even … Continue reading