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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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