#50 Design and User Experience With Máirín Duffy

Posted on Thursday, Sep 3, 2020
In this episode, we talk with user interaction designer, Máirín Duffy about her work, the process of designing user experiences in software, and best practices for engaging open source communities. She’s been doing this for a while and is super knowledgeable on the topic, so it’s certainly worth a listen.

Show Notes

Mo is a delight to speak with and her example is one of the best rebuttals to any notion that a person can’t work professionally using open source tools. Because that’s what she does, and has been doing for 15 years at Red Hat. In this episode we go over what’s involved with her work, and how she gets it done with tools like Inkscape, GIMP, and a host of other applications.

Of particular note, I really appreciate her “actually interact with people” approach to interaction design. It really struck a chord with me because I think it really applies anywhere we discuss design… or even art, for that matter. Regardless of the medium, we produce creative work for an audience. Why wouldn’t we take the time to find out more about that audience? I’m definitely going to look for ways to incorporate that mindset and approach into my own work.

There’s a bit of background noise and rumble in the audio that I couldn’t easily reduce, but even with that, the show’s a great one for your brain bits.


Máirín Duffy

Máirín Duffy

Máirín Duffy is a senior principal interaction designer with Red Hat, where she has worked for over 15 years on user experience design for free software projects such as Fedora and the ChRIS project. Inkscape is her hammer for every nail, but she loves and uses the full free software creative suite exclusively. She hails from New York, lives in Boston, and she has a masters in Human-Computer Interaction from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Jason van Gumster

Jason van Gumster

“I make stuff. I make stuff up. On occasion, I stuff-up what I make. I don’t do much stuff with make-up… though I’m not above trying. I work in all kinds of media: words, animation, ink, coffee, wood, video. And, of course, I’m really passionate about open source and open content, so that’s what I talk about in this show. Books I’ve written and other creative experiments I’ve made can be seen on monsterjavaguns.com.”