Designers for Open Source?

3 years ago from Varun Arora, CEO at OpenCurriculum

  • Varun Arora, 3 years ago

    Thank you for your thoughts, Sacha!

    I respect your views but finding it a little hard to understand that reasoning. There are a whole lot of things in the world that don't appeal to designers, but that doesn't mean designers can't have a hugely vital role in improving them. The application of any skill should never be limited to the interest of the craftsmen in the domain where the skill is applied.

    Yes, a critical element of open-source is giving back. But we all know 95%+ of users of most open source software users don't give back - and that makes it a tool / utility / service for general consumption, where people are not bound by that contract. Anything that impacts so many people's day-to-day lives deserves some attention by people who have the ability to make it better.

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    • Sacha GreifSacha Greif, 3 years ago

      There are a whole lot of things in the world that don't appeal to designers, but that doesn't mean designers can't have a hugely vital role in improving them.

      Yes, because they're paid to care about them, usually as part of large corporations that also pay countless other people to define requirements, manage projects, and write code to turn the designer's vision into reality.

      If you take all that support structure away and tell a designer to spend their free time learning the intricacies of a project they don't use just so they can contribute back to it, I'm not sure how successful you'll be.

      Also I know it comes from a good intention, but there's still something a little arrogant about thinking that just because you have "designer" in your job title, you automatically have the ability to make an existing product better…

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