Design & UX working group

I can add something to the bottom of the agenda, if anyone’s interested.

Adding on to my topic last meeting but with a focus on sustainability

  • My experience providing for both open source and a company, but needing financial backing of a company
    • Providing quantified value for a company instead of an open source (solid metric internal company goal vs more nebulous community)
    • I’m a technical illustrator in an company focused on open source
    • Majority of hour allocation to OSS: eg. 30 hours open source design, 10 hour internal design a week
  • A flyer I recently made for an upcoming open source conference, SciPy 2022
    • SciPy is focused on data science tools (computational mathematics, geology, astrology, data visualization, etc)
  • Worked with Marketing team
    • Design poster and also write copy focused on community, listing specific OSS projects that receive non-code and design contributions
    • Provide insider view to company’s Marketing team, whose experience in tech sales but not open source


Check out the notes for what happened in yesterday’s meeting: SustainOSS UX & Design Working Group - Google Docs

The most important action if for folks to go into the FigJam and upvote by using sticker images topics you want to discuss as a group:

Next meeting is: 2022-07-11T15:00:00Z2022-07-11T16:00:00Z

Today at 2022-07-11T16:00:00Z2022-07-11T17:00:00Z


Meeting is today! 2022-07-11T16:00:00Z2022-07-11T17:00:00Z

Looks like the meeting time was put in incorrectly from me in the last message! apologies.

We’ll be discussing two things!

  • Design Sustain 2022 event

  • Differentiation between design for open source and open design.

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Notes from today’s call are here - missing the transcribed notes from the recorded discussion section though. SustainOSS UX & Design Working Group - Google Docs


One thing that struck me - could we set up a mindmap for the UX working group, to talk about how design works in OSS, and what kind of peopel there are? Mind be a useful exercise for writing out some of the more complex issues.

See ospology/ospo-mindmap at main · todogroup/ospology · GitHub for an example of an open source mindmap in use.

looks interesting but another thing to maintain? also i was thinking on our discussion from yesterday and how we try to balance between OSS friendly spaces and tools and design friendly spaces and tools and I think our figjam board is also a good space for this

Next Sustain Design & UX working group meeting is August the 8th 2022-08-08T16:00:00Z2022-08-08T17:00:00Z

Notes doc is here: SustainOSS UX & Design Working Group - Google Docs

We’ll go back over proposals for Sustain Design & UX WG’s request ahead of the SustainOSS Summit 2023 and catch up about the podcast.

Discussion topic is: How might we create interview guidelines for open source projects and softwares.

Please add topics for discussion in the Figjam board and vote using stamps on topics you like. We have discussion topics set until January 2023 now.

Hey there SustainOSS Design folks - We’ve been working on a proposal for the SustainOSS summit committee that’s ready for review here: Sustain Design & UX : Sustain OSS summit 2022 - Google Docs Only thing that’s missing is $numbers for what we need but other than that we have a rough structure!

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Meeting is today! 2022-08-08T16:00:00Z2022-08-08T17:00:00Z

We’ll be discussing two things!

Notes from the August 8th meeting can be found in the google document here: SustainOSS UX & Design Working Group - Google Docs

Next meeting is September 12th! 2022-09-12T16:00:00Z2022-09-12T17:00:00Z

Where we’ll be continuing the prompt discussion from August around How might we create interview guidelines for open source projects and softwares. and doing some brainstorming on what that looks like.


We have our Sustain Design & UX group on today - I’ll prep the notes and agenda this morning ahead of the meeting :slightly_smiling_face:

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Hey folks, we decided to push Septembers call to October dates so the next call will be 2022-10-10T16:00:00Z2022-10-10T17:00:00Z

Please do check back and check the above ^^^ local time closer to the date.

Please be aware that at the end of October and start of November is when clocks change in the UK and USA

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Call is today :slight_smile: gentle reminder!

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Thanks @Erioldoesdesign. Sorry to have missed this! I was off for Indigenous Peoples' Day - Wikipedia

Hey folks - we’re due our Sustain Design & UX call today but I’m unable to really prep and lead it today

Happy to still attend if anyone else is keen to lead

Our community call is today at 2023-02-13T17:00:00Z2023-02-13T18:00:00Z we’re discussing: What does handoff look like in open source and fostering relationships between developers and designers

Is this working group open to new members? I shared a post here seeking UX Research help (UX Research for Contributor Journeys) but I’m trying to learn more about user research in the open source space.

Very much so! Our next Meeting is on June 12, but happy to talk here, too. :slight_smile:

Great, thanks Richard :+1:

Added to my calendar for June 12th!

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Hey all!

Just a reminder that our next meeting is on June 12th. Ping me if you would like an invite to the calendar event!

As a reminder, we are the design chapter of and we meet the second Tuesday of every month to discuss all things related to sustaining design-oriented projects with open-source culture, join us!