I switched my website’s default theme back to a theme I previously used. It’s refreshingly different again. (:
Archive for February, 2004
Wide Open Magazine, a new publication from Red Hat, is arriving sometime around mid-March (although people can pre-order). I designed the Web site (both the look and the implementation) and served as the creative director for the first issue, came up with the general design, and also made all the collateral (posters, boxes, etc.).
The magazine features some photography by yours truly (including the cover photograph) and I also contributed in the ways of layout, illustration, typography, and style.
It was nice to do a variety of different types of artwork and design for the magazine, including getting back into the publishing mode for a while.
(I first started professionally publishing stuff over a decade ago, and over the years I’ve seen a lot of changes — yet many things remained the same.)
Linus Torvalds talks about the progression of Linux within corporate environments in a recent article, specifically concerning the desktop. Here’s a quote:
Now, the kernel and other pieces are coming together including office applications, games and Web browsers. This has made the Linux desktop interesting to commercials. Commercials tend to choose one desktop, such as KDE or GNOME (GNU Network Object Model Environment), and stick with it. There has been some confusion and rivalry that has helped its development. Right now it looks like the two are closing in on each other, for example, with Red Hatís Bluecurve interface.
It’s really neat that he specifically mentions Bluecurve by name. Trying to bridge consistency across desktop software was one of my primary objectives when originally designing the entire theme set. The goal isn’t fully reached yet, of course (there’s still more software to theme, such as OpenOffice.org, plus there’s always room for more updates and a more complete icon set by filling in some of the gaps). After all, I’m only one person. *smile*
I know for a fact that making Bluecurve has helped get Linux to a point where it is taken seriously on the desktop. I know this due to several emails over the past two years I have worked at Red Hat. Also, I had a number of large corporate customers (now running Red Hat Enterprise Linux desktop workstations) walk up to me at the show and start talking about how great the desktop looks and that Bluecurve has enabled them to be taken seriously when they originally suggested a roll-out of Linux on the desktop. When I smiled and told them that I was the one who made Bluecurve, they thanked me profusely and talked with lots of enthusiasm. The fact that each was a random encounter (they didn’t know I was the graphical guy beforehand) and that it happened several times is great.
It’s nice to have a positive impact on things, and to know it too.
Wil Wheaton, on his website, writes about Red Hat Linux 9 and is considering a switch to Fedora Core 1. There are a lot of interesting comments by other people on his site too.