Flock Report 2014: Through the Eyes of a Female Fedora Designer

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I had an amazing time at Flock 2014! This was my first international conference, my first week long conference and my very first Flock. Prague is a beautiful city, and I enjoyed every moment of art and history that I could. I am so grateful to the people who voted to see me talk at Flock and for all those who made it possible for me to be there, I know you put in many hours of hard work so thank you again!

I attended many talks during Flock- though as a designer I have to admit I was just barely keeping up in most of them. I also missed a few I wanted to see due to scheduling conflicts but luckily I can watch them online on the Flock Conference 2014 YouTube channel. For most of the presentations I attended I drew a quick portrait(I have uploaded two already) and tried to learn everything I could.

 

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After a quick intro from Matt Miller, I attended the keynote presentation by Gijs Hillenius. It was interesting to hear about the different practices of European governments related to open source. I was happy to find out that in some European countries they are using open source tools and are beginning to implement some policies to keep that trend rising.

 

I attended a talk given by Amita Sharma on Fedora Quality Assurance- something I knew nothing about. Amita did a great job explaining the process of how a bug ticket is addressed and gave instructions on how to get involved.

 

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Next I attended a talk given by Chris Roberts about the Fedora Magazine. I think the Fedora Magazine is awesome, and it has been cool to see my badge designs featured on the site by Chris. After an overview on how the site works, the talk became an open discussion on questions and thoughts people had about what kind of content should go into the magazine.

 

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The next two presentations I attended were my favorites. First I saw Marina speak about the Gnome Outreach Program for Women, in which I was a participant in their seventh session. It was very inspiring to hear her educating people about how and why the Outreach Program for Women works and what makes it so important. I am hopeful that the people who attended this talk will encourage the women in their lives to become involved in Fedora and tech in general. For those who did not have the chance to attend please watch and share Marina’s talk. As one of the few women who attended Flock I would like to eventually see a more balanced ratio of women to men… I know the right ladies are out there! We just need to find them.

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Karen Tangs presentation on UX 101 was very informative. The room was packed tight with people standing just to listen. I was very impressed with her work on HyperKitty and I thoroughly enjoyed her explanation of user experience design, something that I am eager to learn more about. Even if it had not been as relevant, I would have still attended because Karen is also a fellow Outreach Program for Women Participant! Later on that evening I had the chance to sit down and talk with Karen about the steps I should take to get experience and confidence designing for UX.

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I spent the next hour preparing for my talk and then at 6PM Prague time I presented on Fedora Badges with Chris Roberts. Chris spoke about how Fedora Badges worked- giving a quick explanation and real time demo of how Fedora uses fedmsg to award badges. Next I spoke about my internship through the OPW program and what I accomplished during that time. The main goals of my internship were to create as many badges as possible, to create an official style guide and to provide content and tools for the community to make their own badges. I then went through the Fedora Badges Official Style Guide explaining step by step how to design your own badge. You can watch my talk on the Flock 2014 YouTube channel. If you would like a copy of my slides you can find them here.
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The next day I spent a little time recovering from jet lag and the festivities of the evening before- and then headed in to the conference to work on Fedora Badges with Ralph Bean. During our badge mini hackfest we pushed four new badges to the Fedora Badges site. I also uploaded artwork and worked on another badge series that is in progress for the Fedora Cookbook. The first badge we made live is the Science Badge- earned for completing a run of the kernel regression test suite. The other three badges are part of a series and they are called Corporate DroneCorporate Shill and Corporate Overlord and are awarded for submitting certain numbers of Bodhi updates for an EPEL branch.

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During my entire trip I was proposed many ideas for new badges- and I gave everyone the same advice: file a ticket! If you are feeling more confident try to design the badge yourself too :)

 

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On August 8th I once again spent the day designing badges, working on a logo design for Waartaa(a new IRC client) and learning and teaching with a new friend. A couple of months ago I had the pleasure of beginning correspondence with Sarup Banskota- a fellow designer and inkscape enthusiast- when we both found out we were attending Flock 2014. It was great to meet him in person! We had our own impromptu hackfest in which he shared many resources on designing UX and I gave him a demonstration of how to use nodes to achieve the shapes you want. Together we designed a glyph from scratch and tested out different iterations. Sarup had created a few possible logos for Waartaa so we tried out a few variations- and we were happy with the direction they were going in.

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In between all the designing I attended the Fedora.Next joint session. This panel was slightly over my head- but I learned that their are many people working very hard on future distributions of Fedora and that they have new ideas they hope to employ. I also attended the talk Fast Deployment of OS images on bare metal with Anaconda given by Arun S A G. The impressive part of this talk was that it took only about two minutes to install an entire OS which Arun demonstrated- and the crowd timed! Although I probably will not have reason to use this tool, I can recognize its usefulness.

The last day I spent getting to know some of the design team members in person, including gnokii and banas, which was very nice after spending so long speaking to them online. I have to say that I missed meeting my mentors Mairin Duffy and Ryan Lerch. It would have been very cool to meet them in person.

 

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Overall the part that I enjoyed the most was making new friends and many new acquaintances. After working on Fedora Badges in some what of a bubble- it was really good to hear people I had just met tell me how much they enjoy my designs. Even while just walking around I would overhear people speaking about an idea for a badge, or a badge they had just earned. I am happy to be a part of something so fun and exciting for the Fedora community.

 

I was fortunate enough to have some time before my flight home to Rochester, so I went to do a little sight seeing around the city of Prague! Enjoy a few of my shots below, but if you’d like to see more you can view an album here :)

 

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Portraits at Flock 2014

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I made it to Flock 2014 in Prague! I will be giving a talk later today about Fedora Badge Design. If you keep up with my blog you know that I am a graphic designer, but I am also a fine artist and I enjoy drawing from live subjects. Here is a portrait first of the keynote speaker Gijs Hillenius who presented on software policies and implementations in Europe. The second portrait is of Amita Sharma, who spoke about Fedora QA.

Enjoy my portraits and if you are attending Flock, please come to my talk! :)

OPW: Fedora Badges Internship Summary

Looking back I almost can’t believe how much has gotten done and how fast the the last three months went. It has been a pleasure to be an Outreach Program for Women and Fedora Badges Intern. Here is a comprehensive list of everything I accomplished with the help of my mentors Mizmo, Threebean, RyanLerch and all of the other awesome mentors in the Fedora Community.  Enjoy!

I designed over 70 badges for the Fedora Badges website, many of which were original concepts. I helped review and edit other contributors badge designs. I researched, developed and designed the Fedora Badges Style Guide from scratch. I also created a page on the Fedora Badges wiki for Design Resources. Available on the Design Resources page is the Fedora Badges Style Guide, Fedora Badges Templates, Fedora Color Palette(Selection), Fedora Badges Extended Color Palette, Content(backgrounds, pandas, badgers & graphics) and a Fedora Badges Poster all designed or compiled by myself.

Design Resources Page
Fedora Badges Style Guide
Fedora Badges Poster

Templates:
Community Badge Template
Content/Learning Badge Template
Development Badge Template
Events Badge Template
Quality Badge Template
Miscellaneous Badge Template

Badge Graphics:
Panda Graphics
Badger Graphics
Background Graphics
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Palettes:
Fedora Color Palette(Selection)
Fedora Badges Extended Color Palette

Live Fedora Badges:
1. Egg
2. Embryo
3. Tadpole
4. Tadpole with legs
5. Froglet
6. Adult Frog
(https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/32)

7. Junior Package Tagger
8. Package Tagger
9. Senior Package Tagger
10. Master Package Tagger
11. Grandmaster Package Tagger
(https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/193)

12. Copr Build I
13. Copr Build II
14. Copr Build III
15. Copr Build IV
16. Copr Build V
17. Copr Build VI
(https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/212)

18. Beat Writer I
19. Beat Writer II
20. Beat Writer III
21. Beat Write IV
(https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/107)

22. Badge Off!
(https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/33)

23. No Longer a Ronin
(https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/87)

24. Override, you say?
(https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/198)

25. You can pry it from my cold undead hands
(https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/74)

26. Apex
(https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/37)

27. Fedora.cz Author
(https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/23)

28. Sensei
(https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/119)

29. Flock 2013 Speaker
(https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/17)

30. It still works!
(https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/71)

31. Free the Fedora
(https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/98)

32. Flock Paparazzi
(https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/39)

33. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
(https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/15)

34. DevConf Attendee 2014
35. DevConf Speaker 2014
(https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/217)

36. Extra! Extra!
(https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/51)

37. Town Hall Moderator
(https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/202)

38. Civic Duty
(https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/200)

39. Badge of Doom
https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/230

40. Your call may be monitored for quality assurance
https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/246

41. Taming the beasts
https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/242

42. Vacation
https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/245

43. Helping Hand
https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/76

44. Rock the web!
https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/183

45. Novice Wordsmith
46. Apprentice Wordsmith
47. Journeyman Wordsmith
48. Master Wordsmith
49. Wordstorm Wordsmith
(https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/110)

50. Let’s Do Lunch!
https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/81

51. Missed the Train
https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/165

52. Let’s Have a Party!
https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/189

53. What Goes Around Comes Around I
54. What Goes Around Comes Around II
55. What Goes Around Comes Around III
56. What Goes Around Comes Around IV
(https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/153)

57. Summer Coder
https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/223

58. Ambassadors Sponsor
https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/190

59. Consolation Prize
https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/157

60. Stop that update!
https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/166

61. FOSDEM Attendee 2014
https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/229

62. FAmSCo Member
https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/100

63. Fedora Treasurer
https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/244

64. Take this and call me in the morning
https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/235

65. Crypto Badger
https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/56

66. We Can Do It!
https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/196

67. FAD Rheinfelden 2013
https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/211

68. The Last Argument of Kings
https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/36

69. Don’t call it a comeback
https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/79

Approved Fedora Badge artwork that is not yet live:
70-74. https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/55

75. https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/213

Fedora Badges Design Resources

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Fedora Badges
Poster by riecatnor
March, 2014

I am excited and proud to present the Fedora Badges Design Resources page on the Fedora Badges trac wiki. Here you can find the Fedora Badges style guide, templates, content, palettes and the  Fedora Badges poster shown above.

I have put a lot of effort into making this page a conclusive and thorough resource for ALL people to create badge artwork, not just graphic designers. I know there are those of you out there who may believe they are not “artistic” enough to design badges, but I am here to tell you different. In theory, there is enough content available that you can cut and paste different parts to make your own badge designs and you will not have to draw anything (but you can!). I have provided everything from templates down to detailed instructions on things like the numerical value of the stroke you should use or how to categorize your badge. The Design Resources page even has a file full of backgrounds. If you would like to get involved in designing badges be sure to visit #fedora-design (irc.freenode.net) and ask those lovely folks for help!

Today is my last official day as an Outreach Program for Women & Fedora Badges Intern, and a bittersweet day it is. If you remember my first blog post, you will be happy to know that I have completed everything that I set out to do.  I could not be more thrilled with the outcome of my internship, but I have to admit I am sad that it is over! I had a really fun time illustrating full time and I met awesome people who were constantly a positive force in my work. I have also gained new valuable skills/experience such as: a better understanding of how to get involved in FOSS projects, designing a style guide from scratch, navigating an online wiki/trac system, and successfully working remotely. Even though I have used Inkscape for years before this internship, I have also gained a considerable amount of ease navigating the program and its shortcuts.

Lastly, but for me possibly most importantly, the chance to almost exclusively illustrate for the past three months has seriously leveled up my artistic skills all around. Working with vectors so intensely has helped further develop a certain perspective of how I see the world and mark it down, whether it be in Inkscape or with a pencil and paper. I have seen improvement in all my personal artistic endeavors (and therefore myself) and that is a very rewarding feeling.

Fedora Badges Official Style Guide

Exciting news: I have finished the Fedora Badges Official Style Guide! I am still in the process of making a page on the Fedora Badges trac to post the style guide, templates and badge content for all to download. Hopefully this guide will prove to be a useful tool for designers and non designers alike to create new Fedora Badges :) Enjoy!

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Note: Some of the guidelines contradict preexisting badges. This was inevitable because of the 100+ badges that were designed previous to this guide being created.

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