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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. Read More

The Hunt for a Mind Mapper

Posted on Friday, May 19, 2017

Wheee! We made it to 40 episodes! Pretty cool. In this week’s show, I detail my hunt for a new mind mapping program. Freemind has been great to me over the years, but I needed something more. And… I think I’ve found it.

How I Write with Open Source Tools

Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2017

This week’s show is a workflow episode! This go-‘round I’m talking about writing process… specifically my writing process. I cover the process and the applications that I use to do my writing, both in the non-fiction and fiction arenas.

What's in a Name?

Posted on Wednesday, May 3, 2017

In this episode we’re talking about naming. In particular, I’m interested in trying to hash out whether or not the name of a software application is important as it pertains to user adoption and what not. I wasn’t sure where I sat on the matter at the start of the episode. I think I have a better sense of it now, though. I think.

"The Industry" Doesn't Exist

Posted on Thursday, Apr 20, 2017

The rant engine is fired up this week! This go-round we wind ourselves down the well-trodden and completely absurd path of people who believe that there’s a single monolithic “computer graphics” industry and that everyone in that industry does everything the same way… and of course, none of those people use open source software. Yeah. That’s wrong. And stupid.

Passionocracy?

Posted on Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017

Open source software development isn’t a meritocracy. It’s something different, and it’s got a lot more in common with creative collaboration than you might initially think. That’s what we’re talking about in this episode.

No, but Seriously

Posted on Thursday, Apr 6, 2017

Yes, my little bonus episode from the end of last week was indeed an April Fools joke. However, I think it’s worth taking a moment and having a bit of a larger discussion.

Blender Buys Autodesk

Posted on Saturday, Apr 1, 2017

I’m starting a crowdfunding campaign!

License ZING!

Posted on Wednesday, Mar 29, 2017

It’s been a while since I’ve spoken about software licensing. If you’ve been in the community for any appreciable amount of time, you’ll see that there are two licensing-based brainworms that tend to crop up on a regular basis. The first is the fear that some company might swoop in and buy our friendly little open source program and put it behind a wall. The other is the notion that free software licenses like the GPL are harmful to the program. Although there’s a rational background for either of these positions, I think that they’re both ill-founded.

Open Source Software Is Not a Public Service

Posted on Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017

Software developers, especially those who write open source software, are not beholden to us. They’re not there to do our every bidding. And more importantly, as users, we have to remember that we’re not always right. It’s a topic that comes up regularly, but it’s also one that’s important to address just as regularly.

The Website Lives!

Posted on Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017

Woohoo! Opensourcecreative.org is up and alive for your listening and browsing pleasure. Bathe your earballs in its magnificence! Also… let me know if anything isn’t quite working right. This week’s show is all about the site’s migration, what I used to make it, and hopefully an option or two on what you should do if you need a website of your own. Use the cool listen-y widget thing to hear all about it (unless you got this through your podcatcher, in which case, use that).