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So Ray and I were in Harvard Square this past Sunday on a gorgeous weekend in Cambridge, and ended up in the middle of Harvard Square Mayfair. A big annual event at MayFair is the Cambridge Rotary Club’s Chalk on the Walk competition. I lamented that yet again I had forgotten to sign up, but … Continue reading

Keeping it clean

Photo credit: Adan Garcia on Flickr. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License. Is the life you’re pursuing the life you want? by Erin Doland on is an interesting read if you replace ‘life’ with ‘software application’ or ‘operating system’…. especially here: What are you doing on autopilot? What … Continue reading

FLOSS HCI Workshop at CHI 2010 Atlanta

Introduction CHI is the ACM Human Factors in Computing Systems annual conference. Last year, CHI was in my ‘hometown’ of Boston, and I attended the one day that had a few sessions on FLOSS and HCI back then, including a panel session on Open Source UX organized by Scooter Morris and Bonnie John. I was … Continue reading

Contributing to free & open source software as a designer

Next Sunday there’s going to be a FLOSS HCI Workshop at CHI 2010 in Atlanta, GA. CHI is the annual conference on human-computer interaction’ [1] for ACM’s SIG CHI (Special Interest Group in Computer-Human Interaction.) Michael Terry from the University of Waterloo and Paula Bach from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have organized this … Continue reading

An icon

With the help of seasoned GNOME artists Lapo Calamandrei, Hylke Bons, and Jakub Steiner, I was able to create the following GNOME-y icons: I used the already-existing clock icon, stripped down it down to its bare face, and layered the fuel gauge type stuff on top. I don’t often get the chance to create icons … Continue reading

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

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