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FLOCK 2016: Thoughts & Results

FLOCK this year rocked! It was my third time attending, and I had an amazing time learning, teaching and talking about different parts of Fedora. I want to thank the organizers, who did an great job making everything run smoothly. The scheduling of the talks seemed very well planned and the evening events were a lot of fun. I especially enjoyed the walking tour, as our tour guide, Chris, was very engaging and taught us many interesting facts about Kraków.

The Fedora Badges Workshop that I ran with mleonova went off pretty much perfectly! We had about 8-10 attendees which is a fair number as we were competing with some other interesting workshops. Most people were complete newbies to Inkscape and none had created a Fedora Badge design before. We set everyone up with Inkscape and the Fedora Badges Design Resources and then ran through our tutorial of the Badge design process. After that we helped attendees find tickets they liked and everyone jumped into Inkscape to create!

This workshop has been run at least 5 times I believe, and this event was the most successful, imo. We had three designs get to the approved stage, although some will require more work because they will become a series. For those the bulk of the work has been done, and numbers or letting will need to be added. Michalrud designed the Bit from the Core badge which you can earn by helping to reduce the size of the Fedora Cloud image. This voting badge artwork was created by msuchy. And this badge for proposing changes to package guidelines was created by bascht, a completely new contributor to Fedora! Other attendees began the design process, and are still in the revision phase. For example this badge for the Security Team has been started by piratecat.

During the last week, we have had a lot of activity from our more experienced badge contributors, including myself. I have submitted artwork for two badges; the second badge in the Anitya series and this badge for contributing to a Fedora Infrastructure App. Churchyard stopped by the workshop to get some help finishing up the 3D Printing SIG badge he has been working on, which is now approved. This badge for being a moderator in IRC was created by tatica and is now approved. I have also been helping maryshak1996 with several different badge designs that should be approved shortly.

I spent some time going through the ticket queue, updating concepts, reviewing badge artwork and mentoring badge designers. I sent out an email to the Fedora Badges mailing list looking for input on a monthly meeting. Our queue is *still* quite large(and as usual I heard plenty of ideas for new badges at Flock), our resources need updating, and some badges that have been pushed need to be resized or tweaked. I would also like to establish a way for other teams in Fedora to communicate with the Badges team so that we can help to enable other initiatives and push work in certain areas. Fedora Badges have been proven to increase productivity in the areas they reward and with more communication I believe we can make a solid and direct impact.

Between all of this work on Badges I attended different talks and workshops. On the first day I found Matthew Millers State of Fedora presentation to be very interesting, as well as Paul Frields talk on Fedora Magazine. The second day I really enjoyed the keynote presentation on Akademia Programowania given by Radoslaw Krowiak. I found his practice of letting his students approach their challenges from different and individualistic ways inspiring. I also attended Amita Sharma‘s talk on Women in Open Source.

Amita Sharma asked me to join the Diversity Panel on Building an Inclusive Community. I found this panel to be good, but not as productive as we had planned. The hope was to come up with solid methods to bring more diversity into Fedora. To be completely honest, it was hard to speak up because many people had pressing opinions to bring to the table. I am glad this topic is getting exposure, because before change can occur, people need to become aware. After the talk I spent the next hour talking to different people about diversity. What they thought would help, how they thought we might approach solving it and why we may deal with diversity issues to begin with.

The Design Clinic this year had low attendance, as compared to last year where we had plenty of drop ins. I wonder if this is because the Fedora Design Team has been keeping up on our ticket queue very effectively over the last year. I also sat in on Sirko Kemter‘s 101 – Poster and Infographic Design which was a fun and informative session for those unfamiliar with design. They created their own posters for a fake FLOCK dance event.

Overall, I had an amazing time at FLOCK this year and I am extremely pleased with the work put into Fedora Badges. I hope that the new badge contributors will be inspired to continue working on designs! Here’s to a year filled with hard work on Fedora and I hope to see you all at FLOCK 2017.


FLOCK 2016! Learn How to Get Involved in Creating Fedora Badge Designs

Another year, another wonderful FLOCK! Thanks to everyone who put in the hard work to make this event a success. The first day and a half have been informative and fun, learning about what everyone in Fedora is up to, catching up with new and old friends and seeing some of beautiful Kraków. Just before I made my way here to Poland, I met up with the Fedora Design Team in Boston, MA, for a FAD. We tried out a new event for our team that was free to the public, an Inkscape and Fedora Badges Bootcamp, with success! So riding on the tail end of that I am excited to be here with the rest of the Fedora family and to continue working on Fedora Badges and getting people involved.

I will be holding a Fedora Badges Workshop this year at FLOCK with Mariia Leonova on Thursday at 1:30PM in the OpenQA room. I encourage everyone who is interested in the designs of Fedora Badges to attend. This is a chance for you to learn the process of designing a badge, from setting up the tools you will need(typeface & palettes) to the final step of getting approval on your design. You can choose one of our preselected “newbie” tickets, and with the help of a few seasoned Fedora Badge designers begin to design a badge. This is a great chance to jump into Inkscape, as we will help you navigate the program and learn by doing. No need to have super artistic skills, as a lot of badges can be created by mashing up previous designs and artwork.

I look forward to seeing any and all of you at the workshop, and I hope you all enjoy the rest of FLOCK this year.


Posted below are relevant links for the Fedora Badges Workshop, please feel free to download Inkscape, Fedora Badges Resources and make yourself acquainted with these tickets in our queue.

Inkscape Download: https://inkscape.org/en/download/

Fedora Badges: https://badges.fedoraproject.org/

Fedora Badges Trac: https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/

Fedora Badges Design Resources Zip: https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/attachment/wiki/DesignResources/FedoraBadgesResources.zip

Fedora Badges Workshop Slides: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0ByBG24rp7qbUeHVHUHZWcW5HSkk&usp=sharing

Fedora Badges Newbie Tickets:


























Flock 2015: Fedora Badges Workshop

Wow! I can’t believe it has been a year since Flock 2014. It has been exciting to learn new things and see so many familiar faces.

This year I will be holding a workshop on designing Fedora Badges. My workshop will be held in Room 4 at 3PM today. I invite anyone who is interested in Fedora Badges to attend my workshop, or look out for a link to a video in the near future. I will be going over the basics of how to design a Fedora Badge. For example I will outline where to find resources, how to pick out tickets and proper badge work flow for Inkscape. If you are curious about designing badges or badges in general, this is a great time to learn how to get involved and and this workshop is appropriate for all design skill levels. I believe the current badges developer, Ralph Bean, will be in attendance as well. If you would like to download the slides for my presentation you can find them here on the Flock Sched.

If you want to learn more about Inkscape, GIMP and the Fedora Design Team, try to make it to one of the design sessions. We are a very friendly group!

I am looking forward to having a fun and productive Fedora Badges Workshop. Get well on your way to earning an apprentice badge artist badge 😀

Portraits at Flock 2014




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! 🙂