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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

Keeping Your Project Data Safe

Posted on Wednesday, Mar 1, 2017

This week’s episode is about some critical stuff: making sure that the digital data that we produce doesn’t get lost. So we’re talking back-ups, passwords, and encryption. It may not sound like as fun and exciting of a topic as other things we’ve discussed, but it’s monumentally important.Originally posted on monsterjavaguns.com.

Let's Talk about Social Media

Posted on Thursday, Feb 23, 2017

This week we’re talking about social media networks and the kind of love/hate relationship we have with them. We’re often at odds with the privacy policies of a lot of social media platforms. Furthermore, the level of discourse that people have on these sites isn’t always all that great. But at the same time, as people working in the creative fields, we have a need to get our work in front of an audience. Social media has the largest audiences.Originally posted on monsterjavaguns.com.

The Making of a Podcast

Posted on Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017

A fun little meta show this week. This one’s a nuts-and-bolts, step-by-step walk-through of the process I go through each way to deliver podcasty goodness to your earballs. And I do it all with free and open source software. The following is a quick breakdown of each step in the process.Originally posted on monsterjavaguns.com.

Defeating Comparisonitis

Posted on Wednesday, Feb 8, 2017

This week we have a more positive (I hope) follow-up to last week’s rant. We’re talking about comparisonitis… that feeling of “I can’t do that” when you see the incredible work of another artist or find out about another person’s level of success in a field similar to yours.Originally posted on monsterjavaguns.com.

How Not to Discuss New Releases

Posted on Wednesday, Feb 1, 2017

Missed last week, but the show is back! And boy, oh, boy… this is a ranty one. Short version: we need to change the way that we discuss the new releases of open source software tools. There’s this propensity for wanting to discuss other software or, worse, make gross generalizations about the viability of a tool based on our own limited experiences and uses cases. It’s not entirely specific to the open source community, but we do see it a lot… I daresay more than in other circles.Originally posted on monsterjavaguns.com.

How to Make a Living as an Open Source Creative

Posted on Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017

This week’s show is really a nuts-and-bolts kind of thing. As the title says, it’s how a person would go about making his or her living as an open source creative… a person whose primary creative software tools are open source. I still run into people who swear it can’t be done. In a way, this is my rebuttal.Originally posted on monsterjavaguns.com.

The Open Content Question, Part One

Posted on Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017

This week’s show is all about open content. I’ve thought about this topic a lot and I have a lot to say on the matter. I have so much to say, in fact, that I ended up needing to cut myself off a bit before I really wanted to because I’d gotten to the end of my commute.Originally posted on monsterjavaguns.com.

2017 Goals

Posted on Tuesday, Jan 3, 2017

Happy New Year! Short introduction this week, folks. This episode is all about goals for the coming year. What are your creative goals for the year? What do you want to get done?Originally posted on monsterjavaguns.com.

Making Time

Posted on Thursday, Dec 15, 2016

This week’s show is all about making the time you need to produce your creative works. Well… it’s mostly about that.Originally posted on monsterjavaguns.com.

Requesting Features

Posted on Tuesday, Dec 6, 2016

Hi there! In this episode I talk at length about another little distraction that I’ve had over the last year… a little feature request site for Blender called Right-Click Select. But, that’s just the launch point. What this episode is really about is the best way to make feature requests in an open source software community (like the Blender community). I also make a few flubs, but hey… that’s pretty much on-brand for me now, right?Originally posted on monsterjavaguns.com.