A follow up on Fedora 28's background art

A quick post – I have a 4k higher-quality render of one of Fedora 28 background candidates mentioned in a recent post about the Fedora 28 background design process. Click on the image below to grab it if you would like to try / test it and hopefully give some feedback on it: One of the suggestions I’ve received from your feedback is to try to vary the height between the ‘f’ and the infinity symbol so they stand out. I’m hoping to find some time this week to figure out how exactly to do that (I’m a Blender newbie 😳), but if you want to try your hand, the Blender source file is available.

Fedora 28's Desktop Background Design

Fedora 28 (F28) is slated to release in May 2018. On the Fedora Design Team, we’ve been thinking about the default background wallpaper for F28 since November. Let’s walk through the Fedora 28 background process thus far as a sort of pre-mortem; we’d love your feedback on where we’ve ended up. November: Inspiration As of the past 3 releases, we choose a sequential letter of the alphabet and come up with a list of scientists / mathematicians / technologists to serve as an inspiration for the desktop background’s visual concept: Backgrounds from Fedora 25, 26, and 27. 25’s inspiration was Archimedes, and the visual concept was an organic Archimedes’ screw. F26’s inspiration was Alexander Graham Bell, and the visual concept was a sound wave of a voice saying “Fedora.” F27’s inspiration was underwater researcher Jacques Cousteau, and the inspiration was transparency in the form of jellyfish. Gnokii kicked off the process in November by starting the list of D scientists for F28 and holding a vote on the team: we chose Emily Duncan, an early technologist who invented several types of banking calculators. December: First concepts We had a meeting in IRC (which I seem to have forgotten to run …

A New Logo for Hyperkitty

I was working on Fedora Hubs and I needed a nice icon for Hyperkitty for some feed widget mockups I was working on. I really love the updated Pagure logo Ryan Lerch made for pagure.io: Pagure and Hyperkitty, you know, they are kind of cousins, so they should look like they are part of the same family, no? 🙂 So here’s what I came up with, what do you think? (SVG available here.)

A logo & icon for DevAssistant

This is a simple story about a logo design process for an open source project in case it might be informative or entertaining to you. 🙂 A little over a month ago, Tomas Radej contacted me to request a logo for DevAssistant. DevAssistant is a UI aimed at making developers’ lives easier by automating a lot of the menial tasks required to start up a software project – setting up the environment, starting services, installing dependencise, etc. His team was gearing up for a new release and really wanted a logo to help publicize the release. They came to me for help as colleagues familiar with some of the logo work I’ve done. When I first received Tomas’ request, I reviewed DevAsisstant’s website and had some questions: Are there any parent or sibling projects to this one that have logos we’d need this to match up with? Is an icon needed that coordinates with the logo as well? There is existing artwork on the website (shown above) – should the logo coordinate with that? Is that design something you’re committed to? Are there any competing projects / products (even on other platforms) that do something similar? (Just as a ‘competitive’ …

A logo & icon for DevAssistant

This is a simple story about a logo design process for an open source project in case it might be informative or entertaining to you. 🙂 A little over a month ago, Tomas Radej contacted me to request a logo for DevAssistant. DevAssistant is a UI aimed at making developers’ lives easier by automating a lot of the menial tasks required to start up a software project – setting up the environment, starting services, installing dependencise, etc. His team was gearing up for a new release and really wanted a logo to help publicize the release. They came to me for help as colleagues familiar with some of the logo work I’ve done. When I first received Tomas’ request, I reviewed DevAsisstant’s website and had some questions: Are there any parent or sibling projects to this one that have logos we’d need this to match up with? Is an icon needed that coordinates with the logo as well? There is existing artwork on the website (shown above) – should the logo coordinate with that? Is that design something you’re committed to? Are there any competing projects / products (even on other platforms) that do something similar? (Just as a ‘competitive’ …

Iterating on Fedora.NEXT Brand Concept #1

Last week I shared a concept for the Fedora.next logos with you, and I received quite a lot of feedback. Thank you for that. 🙂 The feedback I received mostly clustered along these lines in some form or another: The server logomark doesn’t read as a server to everyone – it’s too rounded. The workstation logomark looks too much like a flip phone to read as a laptop. Okay. I thought I might take that feedback and fart around with the designs some more, and record a bit of a stream of consciousness of what the heck I did so you can follow along and see where it’s coming from. I opened up the SVG source of the original designs in Inkscape and poked around a bit. Making the server more… server-y? So the thing is, the initial stab at this concept here was made using minimally modified versions of the Fedora logo bubble. That’s why the rounding was so extreme. So for server, it was pretty simple to just tone down the rounding, and I think it reads better, if not as ideally as it should. More cowbell for the workstation This one required a bit more iteration. As …

The SELinux Coloring Book

Dan Walsh had a great idea for explaining SELinux policy concepts in a fun way – creating an SELinux coloring book! He wrote up a script, I illustrated it using my Wacom in Inkscape on Fedora, and we turned it into an opensource.com article. Still. We needed physical coloring books, and what better place to hand them out than at the Red Hat Summit? We got them printed up and shipped off to the Summit (some in assorted volunteers’ baggage 🙂 ), and they’ve been so popular that Dan is getting close to running out, except a reserve he’s kept for the SELinux for Mere Mortals talk later today. We also handed out some slightly imperfect misprints in the Westford Red Hat office, and we’ve been told a co-worker’s daughter brought hers to pre-school and it was a big hit – the other kids want their own. When it comes to SELinux, we’re starting ’em young on the setenforce 1 path. 🙂 How might you get your own copy? Well, we’ve made the coloring book, including the text and artwork, available under a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike license. So download, print, share, remix, and enjoy! 🙂 Download SELinux Coloring Book …

Fedora Badgers

The badger in this image is from Badger by Child of Light on OpenClipArt.org. The crayon is from Crayon by jhnri4 on OpenClipArt.org. The badger and crayon are public domain, the Fedora logo is not! Fedora Open Badges (Badgers) So you might be aware of an ongoing project to create and deploy an open badge system to reward contributors for doing cool stuff across Fedora. (What are open badges? You can read about them in detail at openbadges.org; the short of it is that it’s an open infrastructure/standard for awarding people digital badges for achievements.) Ralph and crew, which includes RIT co-ops, have been doing an awesome job creating the Fedora badges infrastructure; Jenn, the team design co-op, also did some awesome badge artwork. To get the full set of badges needed for Flock together in time, though, they needed some help. Since I’d just come back from a long leave of absence last week and had a pretty clear plate to crank stuff out, Ralph & Spot asked me for some help in completing the set of Flock badges. Creating a Template (Mushrooms) Base Template The first thing I did was trawl around and look for the open badge …

Fedora 18 Wallpaper Hackfest Report

It’s about that time in our current 6-month-driven cycle to start figuring out the wallpaper for Fedora 18. Ryan Lerch made the first call on the Fedora Design Team mailing list. We started discussing possibilities over IRC in #fedora-design; gnokii kept us on task and made a lot of great suggestions to help us move forward. So we proposed a Fedora 18 wallpaper brainstorm / virtual hackfest for the wallpaper, which happened today! I’m really excited about how well the virtual hackfest went today, and I think we’ve now got a great set of concepts and mockups for it. I want to talk a little bit first about how we organized the hackfest and the high-level progress we made, then I want to dive into a bit of discussion on the six proposals we worked on today. Hackfest Organization / High-level progress We first got together in #fedora-design, and the first agenda item was the Fedora 18 schedule. Jreznik told us that we should have the artwork ready by Friday, August 10th, and packaged by August 14th. We talked a little bit about what we would do with all of the proposals – we definitely want to ship more than …