Making Open More Open: A design workshop for non-designers in FLOSS

Ubuntu Summit 2023 Day 3 (05 November 2023)

Making Open More Open: A design workshop for non-designers in FLOSS by Abhishek Sharma & Eriol Fox

Getting Open Source Design Contributions for your OSS project

Open Source Software is typically maintained by small groups of enthusiastic developers with growing involvement from the design community. However, FLOSS is not just developer tools and certainly not limited to ‘linux’ and ‘APIs’ there are huge amounts of FLOSS out there that can benefit from better usability for all users (not just the creator and core maintainers!).

FLOSS is starting to understand how UX/UI/Usability design improves how they do their work, but are struggling to know how to bring designers into an ‘open source’ world where the processes, community and focus has historically been developer lead and we’re here to help with this short, active workshop for non-designers in FLOSS to begin to work with design principles and tasks that help you to embrace and understand what design brings as well as know what to ask for in terms of design for your FLOSS as well as feeling prepared to participate in design for FLOSS.

We’d appreciate it if you attended with any FLOSS project that you maintain, contribute to or have always wanted to contribute to in mind. We encourage teams of FLOSS maintainers to attend.

As long time members of the Open Source Design community and professionals who work on multiple OSS projects through our organization Superbloom, we are here to take you through the open source design journey and what we’ve learnt about design contributions to OSS.

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