- From: Máirín Duffy <duffy redhat com>
- To: foundation-announce gnome org, foundation-list gnome org, membership-committee gnome org, elections gnome org
- Subject: Candidacy: Máirín Duffy
- Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2006 15:23:38 -0500
Name: Máirín Duffy (mizmo)
E-mail: duffy redhat com
Affiliation: Fedora & Red Hat, Inc.
I believe quite strongly in GNOME's design philosophy of simplicity and
ease-of-use; as an interaction designer I apply the same philosophy to
my professional work and understand its importance.
I think as a result of following this philosophy, GNOME as a desktop and
platform is quite solid today and improves quite markedly with every
release. Where I think we need some work is in applying the same
principles that govern GNOME's software design to our marketing and
communication efforts in order to increase awareness of and recognition
More specifically, as a Board member I would like to focus on the GNOME
Brand - the verbal and visual manifestation of what GNOME is all about -
GNOME's personality. I will continue to drive our brand's definition via
the brand book (regardless) and once finished, make it easy for others
to use and spread GNOME by driving the development and organization of
consistent collateral. I would also love to help in any way I can to
fully address our trademark concerns so we can confidentially make use
of our brand.
Background (Who am I?):
I'm an interaction designer with Red Hat. This involves two of the
things I am most passionate about in life: my belief in the importance
and inevitability of free and open source software, and my life goal to
help make computers easier and more pleasant for people to use.
I believe in GNOME and its ability to achieve that goal - I believe that
GNOME can positively impact the lives of untold numbers of people across
the world. I am willing to work hard to help make it succeed in that goal.
I've been a GNOME user for quite some time but I've been involved with
GNOME as a contributor for the past two years or so, mostly in a design
/ artwork capacity (for example, the recent work around the GNOME brand
and the wgo redesign, some of which you can see at .)
I also serve a leading role in the new Fedora Art Team, where I started
a mailing list and from that built up a community that recently achieved
its first major goal of providing theming for the distribution (reached
in FC6). From this experience I've faced a lot of the trademark issues
that concern GNOME as well.
I understand that the Board's responsibilities involve dealing with
issues both strategic and practical. To the practical issues, I offer my
organizational skills and my dogged determination to get stuff *done*.
To the strategic, I offer my problem-solving approach: define the
problem & its scope, brainstorm solutions, try some out, evaluate their
effectiveness, rinse & repeat and adjust as necessary.
I'm an interaction designer with Red Hat, and a member of the GNOME
community for the past two years. If elected to the Board, I would drive
efforts to apply GNOME's software design philosophy of simplicity and
ease-of-use to our marketing and communication efforts via the further
development of our brand.
Thank you for your consideration. :)
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