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Things software development teams should know about design

Friday, February 6th, 2015

I wrote a quick, unpolished list of things that development teams should know about design (and designers). It’s worth sharing with a larger audience, so here it is: programmers and managers need to fully embrace design — without “buy-in”, designing is futile (as it’ll never get implemented properly — or, often, implemented at all) design […]

Tux update: black and white vector line-art

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Many months ago, I released a high-quality vector version of Tux that I made in Inkscape as SVG and PNG. Somewhat recently, I needed to make a black and white version for a project. You can get both the color and black and white versions in both SVG and high-res PNG at the Tux github […]

“Patches accepted” is harmful: How to improve your volunteer introductions

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

“Patches accepted.” It’s one of the most offensive things you can say to people who genuinely want to help with your project. Why you should reconsider using the phrase Not everyone is a programmer. Even those of us who do know how to program might not meet your expectations, and we would likely waste hours […]

Adwaita for Firefox, the GNOME 3.x integration theme, updated!

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Today, I updated the Adwaita Firefox theme (the theme to make Firefox look like a GNOME 3 app). There’s a stable version for Firefox 10 (which is old as of yesterday), 11 (the new Stable), and Aurora (which will become 12). For you bleeding edge types, there’s a Nightly version, which happens to have a […]

Desktop Summit 2011, Berlin

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

I’ll be at the Desktop Summit and I’m looking forward to seeing you all there! Let’s all go out for a beer and talk design (and other stuff too, of course)!  (;

Desktop Summit ad-hoc tips

Monday, August 1st, 2011

For those attending the Desktop Summit in Berlin, you may want to go head and set up tools like bananajour, SparkleShare, and etherpad-lite now on your laptops to be able ad-hoc develop & share files regardless of network quality. https://github.com/toolmantim/bananajour Locally-ran web based tool for sharing git repos over bonjour (w/ publishing & discovery) http://sparkleshare.org/ […]

A few tips for learning & practicing photography

Monday, July 18th, 2011

(I originally posted this on Google+, but figured it’s blog-worthy.) • Keep shooting; you’re always practicing to get better, no matter how long you’re doing photography (: • Bring a camera (of some sort) with you — the best camera is the one you have in your hands (if you leave your SLR at home, […]