Designers for Open Source?

3 years ago from Varun Arora, CEO at OpenCurriculum

  • Xavier BertelsXavier Bertels, 3 years ago

    As a rule, design doesn’t work in a consensus-building engineering driven environment. I think this is quoting or paraphrasing John Gruber: “The quality of any collaborative creative endeavour tends to approach the level of taste of whoever has the final cut.” I agree with that statement.

    I also tend to agree with Sacha, I’m not sure it is a real problem. Some stuff is not designed the way we would like to, and that’s okay. Our designer glasses are not the only right way to look at the world ;-).

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    • Varun Arora, 3 years ago

      Thanks for your thoughts, Xavier! I agree with that (Gruber) statement from experience too, but can't really prove for it to be entirely universally true. In any case, I think that is the reason for an intermediary org / group of people - who help bridge the understand of the role, process, and value of design to open-source community leaders. Which I think a group like the one @Bradley points to might be useful.

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      • Xavier BertelsXavier Bertels, 3 years ago

        Well, you are right, there’s always room for improvement. One way you can try to address this is by letting people of design, development and other backgrounds work together on open source projects. Every summer for the past four years I’ve been a (design) coach for the students who build open source stuff at https://2018.summerofcode.be. Hopefully, in a couple of years, a few of these people will become major open source contributors and they will remember how important design was, even in open source projects :-).

        If you’re interested in potentially changing things with a bit of a longer-term timeline, you could maybe get in touch with the organisation and try and set up your own version of open summer of code?

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        • Varun Arora, 3 years ago

          Fascinating, the idea of cultivating a breed of young talented folks who can eventually contribute in big ways. Love that your involved with that initiative.

          Yes, just trying to think (but not overthink) through the right approach here. Want to make sure what I do can generate decent momentum in some way

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