There is a discussion on HackerNews & Forrst about why Designers don’t contribute to Open Source Projects. I found this response to be Hilarious and Accurate:
“My girlfriend tried to design an icon for an open-source app she uses, but the experience hasn’t been really great. I think the way developers in open-source projects communicate doesn’t really work with designers.
She sent the photoshop source file and a png to the mailing list, but was told to send in a patch instead, which meant she had to learn how to use git to check out the repository, add the icon to the repo, and then generate a git patch. Only after that, she was told that they couldn’t use the photoshop source file because they didn’t have photoshop. Finally, one of the developers imported the file into the GIMP, changed some stuff on the icon without discussion, botched the output and then added that to the project. That was enough for her to not try doing something like this again.”
I’ve worked in a couple Open Source/Uber Nerd companies before and have found this to be the case 90% of the time. Engineers care more about the technology and how something works, ie. tell a Designer to create a patch and most Engineers/Open Source Projects don’t really care about how a project looks or if a user finds it easy to use. I think Open Office (now Libre Office) was a prime example of that in the early days.
Thoughts? Have any of you contributed to an Open Source Project or wanted to?
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