Resilience and trolls*

Recently, two separate people called something myself and other Fedora Design Team members worked on “crap” and “shit” (respectively) on devel list, the busiest and most populous mailing list in the project. 💩💩💩 via GIPHY Actually, I’ve been around the internet a long time, and I have to say that this is an improvement in terms of the rudeness being applied towards the work specifically, and not the people! Progress! Yeah ok, but, we clearly still have a lot of work to do on basic decency. It’s not Fedora, it’s not the free and open source community, it’s not the internet – it’s people. Maybe people at a communication scale for which we’ve not quite evolved yet. Let’s talk about one way we can think about approaching this issue moving forward. (* I realize I used the term “trolls” in the title of this post, and I wouldn’t consider this scenario an intentional instance of trolling. However, this post is about a framework and not this specific scenario, so I use “trolls” as a more generic term.) What about the Code of Conduct? Codes of conduct set a baseline for expectations, and we certainly have one in Fedora. Well… I’m …

Return of the son of the panda badger

Personal Note: I haven’t blogged in a year! 😱 I’ve been gone for the past few months on leave, but I’ve been back for the past 3-4 weeks – no more excuses. Let’s just get back into things here! Design Team Issue: #579 Let’s bring back pandas! (sticker sheet request)   Here’s an initial mockup of a new sticker sheet design for Fedora! It features artwork from Fedora Badges. (Actually, now that I think of it, it would be nice to have a licensing notice for the artwork along the bottom or side of the sheet.) The idea behind this is just to be a fun piece of swag to give away at events. Before my leave, we produced a Fedora Diversity sticker sheet that has proven to be very popular at events, so it’s time for our panda and badger friends to have their time to shine I think 🙂   I could use feedback on the design. The magenta lines are the cutlines for the stickers – and they are very rough because I haven’t finalized them. (I’m using Inkscape’s dynamic offset feature to create them – I’m keeping them as dynamic offset paths for now so I …

Fedora Design Team Meeting, 4 Nollaig 2018

Today we had a Fedora Design Team meeting. Here’s what went down (meetbot link). Freenode<>Matrix.org Issues About half of the team members who participated today used matrix.org (e.g. the riot.im client). Unfortunately, we noticed an issue with bridging between these two networks today – both sides could see IRC comments, but matrix.org comments weren’t getting sent to IRC. ctmartin recognized the issue from another Fedora channel and figured out that if we added +v to the channel members using matrix, that would fix the issue. I am not sure if this is All Fixed Now or is going to be an ongoing Thing. But that is why our meeting started late today. If anybody has ideas on how to resolve this in a permanent way, I would very much appreciate your advice! Fedora 30 Artwork For 5 Fedora releases now, the design team has been using a famous scientist / mathematician / technologist as the inspiration for the release artwork. We do this based on an alphabetical system; Fedora 30 is slated to be a person whose names begins with an “F.” Gnokii manages this process, and already set up and tallied the results for the design team-specific vote on …

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 …

Design Team Fedora Activity Day (FAD) Event Report

Two weekends ago now, we had a 2-day Fedora Activity Day (heh, a 2-day day) for the Fedora Design Team. We had three main goals for this FAD, although one of them we didn’t cover (:-() : Hold a one-day badges hackfest – the full event report is available for this event – we have wanted to do an outreach activity for some time so this was a great start. Work out design team logistics – some of our members have changed location causing some meeting time issues despite a few different attempts to work around them. We had a few other issues to tackle too (list to come later in this post.) We were able to work through all points and come up with solutions except for one (we ran out of time.) Usability test / brainstorm on the Design Team Hub on Fedora Hubs – so the plan was that the Design Team Hub would be nearly ready for the Flock demo the next week, but this wasn’t exactly the case so we couldn’t test it. With all of the last-minute prep for the workshop event, we didn’t have any time to have much discussion on hubs, either. …

The Fedora Design Team's Inkscape/Badges Workshop!

This past weekend, the Fedora Design Team held an Inkscape and Fedora Badges workshop at Red Hat’s office in Westford, Massachusetts. (You can see our public announcement here.) Why did the Fedora Design Team hold this event? At our January 2015 FAD, one of the major themes of things we wanted to do as a team was outreach, to both help teach Fedora and the FLOSS creative tools set as a platform for would-be future designers, as well as to bring more designers into our team. We planned to do a badges workshop at some future point to try to achieve that goal, and this workshop (which was part of a longer Design FAD event I’ll detail in another post) was it. We collectively feel that designing artwork for badges is a great “gateway contribution” for Fedora contributors because: The badges artwork standards and process is extremely well-documented. The artwork for a badge is a small, atomic unit of contribution that does not take up too much of a contributor’s time to create. Badges individually touch on varying areas of the Fedora project, so by making a single badge you could learn (in a rather gentle way) how a particular …

Fedora Design Team Update

Fedora Design Team Meeting 7 April 2015 Meetbot Minutes Raw log Summary I don’t actually have time today to post a full summary, so just a few bullet points: Bronwyn, my new intern, started today so we welcomed her at the meeting and she took on her first ticket, which she’s working on right now. We walked through tickets needing attention and tickets needing triage. We talked about the F22 Beta readiness meeting – I will attend to represent the team this Thursday. We talked about Flock and discussed more details about the topics we’d like to propose.

Fedora Design Team Update

Fedora Design Team Meeting 24 March 2015 Meetbot Minutes Raw log Completed Tickets Ticket 361: Fedora Reflective Bracelet This ticket involved a simple design for a reflective bracelet for bike riders to help them be more visible at night. The imprint area was quite small and the ink only one color, so this was fairly simple. Tickets Open For You to Take! One of the things we required to join the design team is that you take and complete a ticket. We have one ticket currently open and awaiting you to claim it and contribute some design work for Fedora :): Ticket #358: Create Artwork for Cockpit banner to display in Anaconda GUI – We need someone to design a banner to advertise a Fedora Server tool called Cockpit. More instructions are in the ticket. Discussion Fedora 22 Supplemental Wallpapers Vote Closes Tomorrow! Tomorrow (Wednesday, March 25) is the last day to get in your votes for Fedora 22’s supplemental wallpapers! Vote now! (All Fedora contributors are eligible to vote.) (Oh yeah, don’t forget – You’ll get a special Fedora badge just for voting!) Fedora 22 Default Wallpaper Plan A question came up what our plan was with the Fedora …

Fedora Design Team Update

One of the things the Fedora Design Team decided to do following the Design Team Fedora Activity Day(s) we had back in January was to meet more regularly. We’ve started fortnightly meetings; we just had our second one. During the FAD, we figured out a basic process for handling incoming design team tickets and Chris Roberts and Paul Frields wrote the SQL we needed to generate ticket reports for us to be able to triage and monitor our tickets more efficiently. From our whiteboard: Anyhow, with those ticket reports in place and some new policies (if a ticket is older than 4 weeks with no response from the reporter, we’ll close it; if a ticket hasn’t had any updates in 2 weeks and the designer who took the ticket is unresponsive, we open it up for others) we went through a massive ticket cleanout during the FAD. We’ve been maintaining that cleanliness at our fortnightly meetings: we have only 16 open tickets now! Were you to join one of our meetings, you’ll note we spend a lot of time triaging tickets together and getting updates on ticket progress; we also have an open floor for announcements and for designers to …