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Designing Fedora Badges @ Flock 2017

Exciting news: I will be attending Flock 2017 in Hyannis, MA, this year! I will be holding a Fedora Badges Do Session with Masha Leonova. The session will be held on the first day of the conference, Tuesday, August 29th, at 1:30PM in 4-Centerville A + B.

We will be starting from the top: a short overview, then making sure everyone has Inkscape installed and ready to go, downloading Badges design resources, setting them up, and testing everything to get ready to design. The process for designing Fedora Badges has changed slightly as we welcomed a transition to Pagure earlier this year. Now we have easy uploading for files, and tags – all in a shiny new format!

Next we will go step by step through the process of designing a Fedora Badge. We will highlight and detail important points such as research, creating your designs to follow Badge aesthetics, and exporting your final PNG at the correct size. Then we will get to work actually designing. Masha, myself and any other experienced badge artists attending will help you through every step of the process, all the way from picking an issue to uploading the final artwork. Come have fun learning, using your creative side and of course – earn the Badger Padawn badge!

A side note for interested developers: There are a lot of artwork approved badges ready to be pushed to the website. Although we will not be specifically instructing on creating yaml files for awarding badges, I would love to host any developers during this session who want to help out or jump in so we can get these pushed. For all the weathered Fedora Badge developers, it would be great for you to revisit some of the issues so we can update the status. Are they now possible/will never be possible? Let us know, so we can make some art or close some issues!

My excitement to see my Fedora friends, to learn, and to put in focused work on Fedora Badges is growing as we get closer to the date. Looking forward to seeing you all soon šŸ™‚

Relevant links/resources for the Designing Fedora Badges session:

Fedora Badges

Fedora Badges on Pagure

Fedora Badges Resources

Fedora Badges Tutorial Blog Post by Masha Leonova

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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 KrakĆ³w.

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 KrakĆ³w. 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:

https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/473

https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/470

https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/468

https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/462

https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/433

https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/432

https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/424

https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/393

https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/378

https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/373

https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/361

https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/348

https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/333

https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/288

https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/283

https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/279

https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/274

https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/264

https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/204

https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/201

https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/191

https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/150

https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/78

https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/45

 

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 šŸ˜€

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 uploadedĀ 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 attendedĀ a talk given byĀ 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 attendedĀ a talk given by Chris Roberts about the Fedora Magazine. I think theĀ Fedora Magazine is awesome, and it has been cool to seeĀ 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 theĀ 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 TangsĀ 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 onĀ 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 howĀ 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 theĀ 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 theĀ 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 onĀ 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 Drone,Ā Corporate Shill andĀ 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 šŸ™‚

 

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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 talkĀ 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 mentorsĀ 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 šŸ™‚

 

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