Using personas to better define OpenStack users

When you think of the many virtues of OpenStack, and enterprise virtualization in general, user experience may not be the first thing that pops into...Read more

Get more eyeballs: 5 steps to using design in your open source project

At the Open Technology Institute ( OTI ), we've been working on opening our user feedback process as a way to improve our internal processes and...Read more

5 tips: Leverage user-centered design in your open source project

OpenStack Superuser
When I first started working at the Open Technology Institute (OTI), I was consistently challenged with the question: "Why would a UX designer want...Read more

The open source solution to the bee colony collapse problem

open source beehive designs
Last year, a third of honeybee colonies in the United States quite literally vanished. Commercial honey operations, previously abuzz with many...Read more

Beautiful design can drive user adoption of open source software

Design matters in software
Nowadays we see beautiful design everywhere in our daily life. The digital world is no exception. Many of the websites we visit and the desktop and...Read more

Then, now, and the future of open source fonts

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In August, the Fedora Project held its first Flock conference, a replacement for the North American and European FUDCon (Fedora Users and Developers...Read more

Afraid someone will steal your idea?

release early, release often
I'm a board game designer. It's a fun, creative, scary job and worlds away from my former career in corporate advertising. In both fields, there is a...Read more

Teaching the open source creative tool, Blender, to high school students

teaching open source
Blender is a powerful open source 3D drawing and animation program. This software was previously a commercial product, but is now available as a free...Read more