Posts from April 2010

  • Reasons to celebrate 29th April 2010

    Ivanka Majic,

    One of the first things I did when I joined Canonical just over a year ago was conduct some user research. The idea was to identify some broad areas that needed to be addressed and so I devised sessions that included topics like dealing with music and photos, browsing the Internet, chatting with friends, etc. […]

  • Ubuntu visual identity

    Kenneth Wimer,

    Drum roll please….After a *lot* of amazing effort from the Canonical design team I am pleased to announce that preliminary Ubuntu visual identity is online and available to all!.If you’ve never worked through such a process before the amount of work…

  • Refining the battery status menu

    Matthew Paul Thomas,

    As part of the notification area transition, we’re adapting the Gnome Power Manager item to be a system status menu. We’re interested in your feedback on the design and any improvements we can make.

  • Magical Mystery Cafe

    Iain Farrell,

    There will be those of you reading this who will say “only in Japan” and ordinarily I would shy away from that sort of thing but in this case I think you’re right. Cabel Sasser is co-founder of a software company I’ve long admired and found a very interesting place to get a drink while […]

  • New strategic plan!

    Iain Farrell,

    Came across this on the delightful Swissmiss. We are always in the process of reviewing our development processes a both design and technical to keep them Lean and agile and the chap quoted here is Herb Kelleher of Southwest airlines fame. Southwest are renowned for the way that the run their company. Highly responsive to […]

  • Curious displays

    Christian Giordano,

    Video on Vimeo by Julia Yu Tsao showing an interesting, and very futuristic, concept to display information in a physical environment.

  • It’s good to talk

    Iain Farrell,

    Only a few posts in and our design blog is teeming with lively debate! Don’t forget that you can comment on these posts but if you feel an idea warrants a more open or broad conversation bring them over to the Ayatana mailing list. You can get involved in Ayatana by heading over to its […]

  • Farewell to the notification area

    Matthew Paul Thomas,

    Ubuntu is phasing out the traditional Gnome notification area, because of its ineffectiveness at notifying people of things, and its inconsistent behavior. Many programs that previously used the notification area should use other notification mechanisms instead. Some notification area items will be replaced by various system status menus we’re introducing. For a few programs, it will be appropriate to use custom status menus.

  • Ubuntu wallpapers

    Kenneth Wimer,

    In case anyone is missing their favourite wallpapers from Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) in 10.4 (Lucid Lynx) there is good news!The ubuntu-wallpapers-extra package is installable from the universe repository. In order to install it from the Soft…

  • What makes a good design critic?

    Ivanka Majic,

    While at CHI earlier this week, I went along to a session with the same title as this blog post. I was looking for some inspiration, something to take to a UDS (Ubuntu Developer Summit) session perhaps, something to turn into a blog post, food for thought.
    The session at CHI included a food critic, a […]

  • Reasons to celebrate 15th April 2010

    Ivanka Majic,

    Karmic saw the first community wallpaper competition and delivered us a beautiful set of photographs for our desktops.
    Last cycle’s winners were this cycles judges and everyone has delivered.
    Ladies and gentlemen I give you the results of the wallpaper competition!

    Congratulations to the winners and huge thanks to the judges. I know, from my experience as […]

  • The process of certainty. And mojitos.

    Ivanka Majic,

    You know that feeling when you know someone very well and you buy them a present? You know they will love it and you are excited at the very thought of their delight? Part of you is a little scared though. A few butterflies in the stomach. What if I have misread? What if they […]

  • The Digital Economy Bill: Bananas!

    Ivanka Majic,

    Over at Confused of Calcutta, JP Rangaswami has written a crystal clear article on why we should be concerned about the content and treatment of the Digital Economy Bill.
    Wherever you live, whatever your interests I urge you to read it.
    If you live in the UK, whatever your position I urge you to write to your […]