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How the mobile revolution is challenging open source user interfaces

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In the past couple of years, a powerful paradigm shift has occurred in user experience (UX) design. UX designers used to focus on desktop users but now, mobile devices and mobile users are at the center of attention. The evidence for the importance of this paradigm shift is stifling: Morgan Stanley predicts that by 2014, mobile users will exceed desktop users. Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt says that "if you don’t have a mobile strategy, you don’t have a future strategy."

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A look back at open source creative tools in 2012

open praire

For all of you free and open source creative tool fans out there, plenty of exciting developments happened over the past year—and there's some pretty awesome new things in the pipeline for 2013 as well! Here's a sampling of the good news:

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How open source is disrupting visual art

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If you’ve seen an unbelievable interactive projection or a mind-blowing piece of generative video art, odds are you’ve come across openFrameworks, an accessible programming platform that has helped create projects like Arturo Castro and » Read more

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Could the Girl Scouts position themselves as a tech giant?

education universe

Now that full-fledged computers are approaching the size of a USB Flash drive and are being sold for less than $75, my interest in designing a Linux computer of my own has been re-awakened.

As an educator, I would stock that computer full of free creativity and learning software, logic puzzle games, tutorial screencasts, engaging multimedia and artwork created with open source software. Naturally, I would use Linux as the operating system for that computer. » Read more

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Doing government websites right

change

Today, I have a piece over on Tech President about how the new UK government website—Gov.uk—does a lot of things right.

I'd love to see more governments invest two of the key ingredients that made the website work—good design and better analytics.

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Poll: What's your favorite creative design tool?

Your image here

Last week, Red Hatter Máirín Duffy gave us a run down of her favorite open source creative tools. This week, we turn the table and ask you which application you favor in every day practice. » Read more

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A tour through open source creative tools

open source lightning talks

Every tool in this talk is available via Fedora 17, the latest version of Fedora. Here's a quick rundown of the tools represented in this talk. » Read more

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Three tips for working with open source diagrams

open source design

If you're a big-time open source fanatic like me, you probably get questions about open source alternatives to proprietary tools rather frequently. From the 'Alternatives to Microsoft® Visio®' department, here are three tips that should help designers who use Visio in an open source environment. If you need an open source option for opening Visio files, a revived open source application for creating diagrams, or a lesser-known open source tool for converting Visio® stencils, these tips are for you. » Read more

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Submit your cow-laboration

Submit your cow-laboration

We're designing a cow the open source way—with our communities. Red Hat is proud to be a sponsor of the 2012 Cow Parade. A three-dimensional cow will be on display as public art in Raleigh, North Carolina. This year's event is raising money for the North Carolina Children's Hospital.

The Red Hat cow will be a truly collaborative work. We're asking our » Read more

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Which of these t-shirt designs inspire you?

Linux.com t-shirt finalists

Last month, we reported that the Linux Foundation launched its annual t-shirt design contest by asking Tux fans around the world to submit ideas for new threads "inspired by freedom."

Nearly 100 entries flooded in, and a committee has just completed the difficult work of selecting five finalists. Now, the Linux Foundation is asking for even more community participation in the contest.

It wants your help selecting the winners. » Read more

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