Introduction for Thorsten Panknin (thopan)
by Thorsten Panknin
just subscribed to this list after joining the Matrix chat.
I'm from Germany, so not an English native speaker.
I'm new to the Fedora community and currently figuring out what I could
contribute to. Besides text-related work like translations and editing
German texts, I'm currently getting back into design.
I completed a two-year occupational retraining as an online media
designer 20 years ago (yes, really), but never worked in the field due
to health issues. I am still, or rather again, interested in basic
vector stuff with Inkscape, especially since the multi-page feature got
introduced. I contributed a few vector works to the Openclipart project
eons ago, which are still available and stem from my time with the
German Inkscape forum back then. I'm not really a raster design person,
I actually don't like pixel work much.
I just installed Penpot locally (thanks to the great Podman article by
linuxgrrrrl) and would like to get into grid-based design work, too,
say a 12-column design grid. I love it when stuff is aligned to other
stuff and to the page. And I like basic typography. I'm not a great,
creative designer I'd say, meaning that my stuff is mostly
informational and a bit neutral, maybe using some nice font and color,
but not creative as "make a funny page about cats, it should be cute an
colourful". Not sure if you get what I mean.
I sometimes translate rules-light roleplaying games to German and
mostly provide a PDF as well, but mostly as ashcan versions without
much image design, because I lack the routine. If you're interested in
seeing some of my PDFs, please ask. I'd rather noch put links to my
stuff in here unsolicited. I'm currently applying a 12-column grid to
my stuff so I get some rhythm to my designs. Looking forward to
Penpot's release on Jan 31st when new layout features should be
released, including a Flex-based layout. Hoping that will make
multi-column text frames possible.
I sometimes suffer from Imposter syndrome and would love honest
feedback, because mostly I work alone and that can be hard.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask here or in the Matrix chat
of the Design team where I started lurking.
Thorsten from Germany
2 months, 1 week