A monthly showcase on our landing page

We can improve our landing page by creating a “Monthly showcase” of the best OS designs of the month on our landing page. Maybe products from all the OS design jobs that are posted, they could use a gallery or something of the sort.

This would promote people’s work, increase their likeliness to get involved and have the opportunity of being featured as appreciation. Also a chance to get noticed by job posters if they liked someone’s work in particular.

Note: Not all the work produced from the jobs section would qualify for it, since there’s different sorts of work involved including paid ones. We can see which logos sit right with legal licensing and adding credits to the designer and/or project.

It would be a periodical section that will show our community is alive and thriving. Would give more life to the landing page too in my opinion.

Open to brainstorming on more ideas for this!

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I like the idea and would like hear what more people think about it.
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x-posted from the original thread:

I do think there’s a great idea here in allowing for our open source design community to submit designs that they’ve done for OSS , kind of like a showcase/dribbble but for the open source design contributions. It’d definitely help designers understand what’s been done before and OSS project maintainers understand what is ‘doable’ by open source design contributors.
One suggestion I would offer though is hiding or making it ‘hidden’ in some way ‘who’ did the open source design contribution. My reasoning is I don’t know how helpful it is having an individuals name be shown more than others. It’s always a bit ‘competition-y’ in design and in OSS contributions and I would want to find a way to mitigate that ickyness.

Would love to hear more thoughts from the regulars on here about this!

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I agree with everything that you said @Erioldoesdesign but hiding names of the people who’ve made it to the “featured” gallery would undermine their efforts.

At the best, this could create a healthy competitive environment with everyone having an equal opportunity at “making it” to the landing. Worst case scenario, it doesn’t go as smoothly and we have something similar as mentioned in the previous comment.

To fix that we could add a “View all” button under the top 6 or 8 featured posts. This would contain all the work created during that month.

Open to more suggestions and improving on this!

We definitely need more voices to build a consensus on the ‘names’ issue. One of the biggest problems (in my opinion and through my reserach into Open Source Design and design communities) is that design historically has had ‘ego’ and ‘ownership’ issues which can steer into ‘celebrity’ like promotion in the design world.

Open source is open and collaborative and while there may be one (or more) designers working on contributions at any given time the more we can move away from rewarding the pursuit of fame the better. In my opinion. I imagine, as a person new to open source design, you could be equally enticed by seeing an individuals name more than other names but I think these are also people that would be discouraged by that.

I’m pro promoting the potentially collaborative nature of open source design and less so the ‘reclusive genius designer’ trope.

Also competitive environments tend to drive away marginalised groups who don’t have access to fancy software/machines/had an expensive education/time to learn design skills as much as another person. This is an inclusion challenge as much as it’s design.

Also a featured gallery suggests that someone (or group of people) decides the criteria for being ‘featured’. I would be more into a gallery that say…showed all designers first open source design contributions. There’s a move towards an equality there. Everyone can have a first contribution and it’s not about arbitrary ‘quality’ but more about celebrating the first step into open source design.

@Erioldoesdesign You’re more experienced with design communities so obviously you know better how to make this work and I agree with everything you said.

Since you’re proposing a gallery, it would be just as important to update it regularly to keep the landing “fresh”.

This definitely requires a consensus on how to go forward with this.

Posting interviews and doing feature articles could achieve the same goal. Krita does the same on their website.

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Agree to both.

I am not sure what to show at the showcase. There are some things that lend itself well to it, like designs of icons, logos and posters for events. What would be harder to showcase, at least in a way that is immediately accessible are improvements of usability or user research. My most recent open source work was on a dialog design for scribus and it would be a rather dry thing to show, not to mention that a lot of work went into making it easier to code.

UX improvements could be “showcased” here through a discourse post. The idea is to bring liveliness to the front page and create opportunities for a more participating community.

My most recent open source work was on a dialog design for scribus and it would be a rather dry thing to show, not to mention that a lot of work went into making it easier to code.

I do agree that it won’t do justice to the immense work put in improving stuff, maybe we can come up with a solution for that too?