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Fedora Design Bounty: Fedora slide deck template

The Fedora Design Team Bi-weekly Bounty is a bi-weekly (well, at least monthly! 😉 ) blog post where we’ll outline a quick-and-easy design project that needs doing for the Fedora Community, outlining all the tools, files, and other resources you’ll need to complete the project. If you’re a designer and are interested in getting involved in the free and open source community, this is a good opportunity to get your feet wet!

Fedora project slide deck template

Fedora project members, from pretty much every part of our project (especially Ambassadors), give presentations all over the world: from FUDcons (Fedora Users’ and Developers’ Conference) all over the world, to FOSS.in in India, to the Linux Symposium in Canada, LinuxTag in Germany, to FISL in Brazil, to SCALE in Calfornia – and many, many more.

However, we don’t have a single, consistent yet flexible template to meet our presenters’ needs.

Your Mission

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to create a stunning-looking base Fedora presentation template that our worldwide community of users and contributors can use, whether or not they’re giving a presentation at their local Linux Users’ Group or at a well-known international conference.


I’ve put together a page on the Fedora wiki outlining the requirements of this project, providing the general guidelines, a base template you can open up and use to start designing with, and even some inspiration in the form of other slide presentations that look nice. You’ll be starting out with some basic template content to style, so you can focus solely on the look and feel and not worry about generating sample content on your own.

Helpful Files

Helpful Tools

  • OpenOffice.org – You may install it on Fedora using ‘yum install openoffice.org-writer’ or by searching for it in PackageKit. If you are not using Fedora, you can download it here. You’ll need OpenOffice.org to work with the ODT source file.
  • Inkscape – You may install it on Fedora using ‘yum install inkscape’ or by searching for it in PackageKit. If you are not using Fedora, you can download it here. Inkscape is going to be a useful tool for you to quickly mockup the look & feel for a slide before producing it in OpenOffice.org, and also a great tool for producing illustrations.

Helpful Resources

What’s in it for you?

Okay, okay, we get it. You’re a designer or OpenOffice.org whiz, and you’ve got things to do – why would you bother helping out with this? Let’s do a quick run-down of what’s in it for you:

  • If you don’t already have it, you’ll get membership into the Fedora Design Team, which includes Fedora voting privileges and hosting space for Fedora-related projects.
  • For your personal portfolio you’ll have a slide deck template that will be used all over the world
  • You’ll build skills in using Inkscape and OpenOffice.org – these are excellent free & open source tools that are worth learning because you can use them for just about any design project in the future and they are free forever. You’ll also build skills in addressing general layout challenges!
  • If you send me your snail mail address, I will send you a thank you card, a full-color copy of your design, and some Fedora swag in thanks for your help!
  • You’ll gain experience in contributing to a free/open source project.
  • Bragging rights as a free/open source project design ninja & more importantly a Fedora Design Team Bi-weekly Bounty designer!

You’re totally pumped, right? Awesome. So where to start?

Ninja by Hector Gomez from openclipart.org – Public Domain.

The Rules

  • You’ll need a Fedora account to submit your work. Don’t worry, it’s not hard to get, you can sign up for it here, quickly and painlessly: Create a Fedora account. Once you’ve created your account, log in to sign the contributor license agreement (this gives us permission to use your work!)
  • If you are interested in taking this bounty on please make a comment to this blog post below. The first person to claim it in the comments will have exactly 48 hours to give it a shot, at the end of which the bounty will be opened up for someone else (you can try to re-claim it if you want.) I will announce all status changes in the comments.
  • You must provide source files for your work. This is so we can make any necessary edits or provide translations for the document, create a reusable template out of your awesome deign, or just generally learn from how your design works. If you’re working with OpenOffice.org, this means we need the ODT file, and any SVGs or other graphics you may be incorporating into it.
  • You’ll need to abide by the Fedora brand guidelines – but please don’t let this stifle any awesome creative and innovative ideas you might have – just check in with your Fedora design team compatriots first. 🙂 More information and pointers to resources on our branding guidelines is available on the wiki page for this project.
  • When you’re ready to submit your work,submit it on the presentation template wiki page. If you need help email me (duffy at fedoraproject dot org) or pop into IRC!

Good luck!

About Máirín Duffy

Máirín is a principal interaction designer at Red Hat. She is passionate about software freedom and free & open source tools, particularly in the creative domain: her favorite application is Inkscape. You can read more from Máirín on her blog at blog.linuxgrrl.com.


21 thoughts on “Fedora Design Bounty: Fedora slide deck template

  1. I have to say the base template is something I’d actually aim for. Less is more. The dark background makes your images and diagrams — can I say *pop*? 😉

    Looking forward to improving Comfortaa.

    Posted by Jakub Steiner | July 9, 2010, 4:47 pm
  2. Small correction about Droid Sans: “yum install google-droid*”. Other than that, yay about Comfortaa to be relicensed.!

    Posted by Luya Tshimbalanga | July 9, 2010, 4:47 pm
  3. this is the template I always use: http://kanarip.fedorapeople.org/fedora_template.otp
    It is made by Kanarip (and not by me!), but I think it looks very pretty and professional.

    Posted by biertie | July 9, 2010, 5:14 pm
  4. wow that’s cool template biertie..

    Posted by sky | July 10, 2010, 7:15 am
  5. I don’t get it. Your post includes a complete template already! What are you asking them to do!

    Posted by Bob Bobson | July 10, 2010, 7:15 am
  6. I’ll try my hand at it, since no one else seems to want it. 😉 The base templates are good starting points, and its a great excuse to try a new font! I haven’t used Comfortaa yet, but I like it a lot.

    All the best,

    Posted by Emily | July 13, 2010, 2:10 pm
  7. I’m done! \o/

    I uploaded the template to the wiki. If anyone wants to take a look at the template file and the svg mockup file I used for all the extra graphics, you can get them here: http://www.fightingcrane.com/emily/fedora/

    If anyone has any comments or critiques (be gentle! ;)) just let me know. Thanks!


    Posted by Emily | July 15, 2010, 3:16 pm
    • Emily!!! This looks fantastic!!!!!! I don’t even have a single improvement to suggest, it looks perfect to me! 🙂 I’ll start a thread on the design-team list to share it all with them, but great job!!!! I’ll make a blog post announcing your ninja-ship soon 🙂 Can you log in at http://admin.fedoraproject.org/accounts and apply to the design team group, and I’ll approve your membership? Also, if you’d like a bag ‘o swag, send your snail mail address to duffy at redhat dot com (that’s my email addy!) 🙂

      Posted by mairin | July 15, 2010, 3:25 pm
      • Thanks Mairin! I’ll apply asap, and I’ll keep an eye on the list! Thanks!

        Posted by Emily | July 17, 2010, 8:44 am
  8. I’m glad someone who knows what they’re doing came along. Great work, Emily! I had a bit of a go myself and came up with this: http://img.obfuscatepenguin.net/fedora/slideshow-template/ but I just could not get the two master slides to use different backgrounds.

    Posted by Marc | July 16, 2010, 4:56 am
  9. Just one idea : puth your template on OpenOffice extensions.

    Posted by Catalin | July 16, 2010, 10:36 am
  10. Just one idea : put your template on OpenOffice extensions.

    Posted by Catalin | July 16, 2010, 10:40 am
  11. Hi all,

    Based on the feedback I got, I’ve worked up a new revision of the template. You can download it (and all the associated artwork files) here: http://www.fightingcrane.com/emily/fedora/

    Posted by Emily | July 17, 2010, 3:12 pm


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