First Fedora Design Bounty Ninja identified!

I am quite happy to report that we have identified our first Fedora Design Bounty Ninja: Jef van Schendel! Jef responded to our first Fedora Design Bi-Weekly Bounty just a couple of hours after it was posted, and he did an amazing job putting together a 6-page layout for the Fedora 13 feature profiles, carefully adhering to all of the Fedora branding guidelines and providing all of his source work! Congratulations, Jef, on a job well-done! By the way, Jef is a second-year industrial design student from the Netherlands, and this was his first contribution to open source. Also worth noting, Jef has since taken on two other design tickets as well as worked on some mockups for Design Hub, so he is whooping some serious behind (or skulking stealthily about with a Gimp katana or Inkscape nunchucks at the ready, as ninjas prefer to do)! Are you ready for your chance to become an open source design ninja too? Keep an eye out for the next Fedora Design Bounty!

Some Geeky comics

Well, the Red Hat Summit & JBoss World ended today. It was an extremely busy week and very busy couple of weeks leading up to it for me. I absolutely love going to and getting involved with this event though. You get to meet brilliant people from all over in one place, learn about the latest free & open source technology and see cool demos and take tutorials, and of course the parties are great…. 🙂 Photo by Red Hat, used under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial license. One thing that is really neat about the Red Hat Summit & JBoss World is that every morning there is a newspaper called the Red Hat Free Press that’s given out. It provides the day’s schedule, free/open source software related articles, and some other fun geeky content. This year I was very excited to be involved in creating some comics (using Fedora & Inkscape, of course 🙂 ), one for each day of the Summit. Here they are, and I’m providing them under a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 license (please attribute Red Hat.) The SVG source for these is available. The most challenging part of creating these was coming up with …

Fedora Design Bounty: F13 Feature Profiles

The Fedora Design Team Bi-weekly Bounty is a bi-weekly 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 13 Feature Profiles As you might have read about in Mel Chua’s blog post about Fedora 13 marketing deliverables last night, the Fedora marketing team is putting together a Fedora 13 press kit that will be provided to members of the press at the 2010 Red Hat Summit event in Boston, Massachusetts later this month. An important part of that press kit is the six-page Fedora 13 Feature Profiles document. The feature profiles are a series of excerpts of interviews Mel Chua, Paul Frields, Robyn Bergeron, Hannah Kowen, and Nelson Marques did with developers Stephen Gallagher, Dan Williams, Josef Bacik, Ben Skeggs, Tim Waugh, Richard Hughes, Mike McGrath, and David Malcolm to provide information and background about some of the new features in Fedora. Mel put together an initial draft of this document …

Post F13 Fedora Design Team Status and First Meeting

Nicu Buculei and Martin Sourada gave a presentation about the Fedora Design team at this year’s Libre Graphics Meeting last week. (Slides available.) One of the most important points they shared about our team is our commitment to an open and inclusive process. We want folks to use open formats and collaborate in an open way, using open source tools, sharing sources and working together rather than in competition. An ongoing goal for the team is to get greater community participation in creating artwork for Fedora. So how did the Fedora Design Team do for Fedora 13? How’s that hopey, changeyopen-y, freedom-y thing working out for us? How did things go for the Fedora Design Team in Fedora 13? We were able to have artwork checked in the Alpha, the earliest yet. We also had wide participation on the artwork, perhaps the widest yet. We worked together on a single concept for the wallpaper rather than battling each other, so we had a cooperative and collaborative process for F13. Many, many folks were involved in the ideation and rendering process for the wallpaper, including Luya Tshimbalanga, Charlie Brej, Mel Chua, Samuele Storari, Mola Pahnadayan, and Kyle Baker (new contributor!) Alexander …