[Design-team] Willem de Kooning academy design program: interested in working with Fedora

Mel Chua mel at redhat.com
Tue Jul 27 18:38:50 UTC 2010

Logs that people may find interesting:


They're from an OSCON talk about a program at 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willem_de_Kooning_Academy and how it's 
using FOSS (both the tools/tech and the open source way of doing things) 
as a requirement for its Masters students .


"We offer a Master programme focused on a critical engagement with the 
culture of the Internet and computer media, their artistic design, 
technology and theory. It is a small course with a highly international 
community of students and teachers, and a strong emphasis on personal 
contact and collaboration... Free and Open Source Software and 
do-it-yourself ethic play a key role in the programme. Aside from its 
obvious benefit of giving you... toolchains at zero cost, Open Source 
software tends to be extremely modular, open to DIY and custom 
applications. It gives value to seemingly outmoded hardware, and 
provides you with building blocks for your own projects rather than 
solutions that strongly preformat the function and aesthetics of your work."

They're very interested in talking more with the Fedora Design Team - 
one possible framing is "do the tools, techniques, and etc. we're 
experimenting with in our (physical) school transfer to distributed 
online communities as well?" but mizmo may have other angles, as she 
talked with them on IRC for a bit (as did tatica and ianweller).

They're very interested in tools and processes for collaborative design, 
more than they are interested in direct replacements for existing design 
software (so design hub, 
http://mairin.wordpress.com/2010/03/26/design-hub-update/, is more 
interesting to them than "GIMP is like Free Photoshop! and so forth).

Immediate things for discussion at the meeting:

* Can we try out PickPic for them and let them know if it's a useful 
tool (and if so, would Fedora folks be interested in helping with 
coding/deployment, as this is a prototype written by artists who aren't 

* Is anyone from Fedora Design interested in going to 
http://makeart.goto10.org/call/ to meet up with them and figure out how 
to start collaborating? (Poitiers, France, 4-7 November)

* Can someone reach out to these folks and see if any of their students 
would like to do/deploy their projects within Fedora - contribute to the 
Design Team as part of their coursework, or otherwise?

* Can someone reach out to them and get them to review the Design Suite 

That's off the top of my head, for meeting discussion today.



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