Where to Draw the Line

Don’t let the title of this post fool you. This isn’t about setting boundaries. If anything, it’s about breaking through them. In this case, I’m talking about redefining the Creative Strategy + Design team’s illustration style—specifically, the way we handle our people illustrations. Collaborative hand-offs are nothing new to us. Last year, members of our

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You got this.

I’ve worked as a graphic designer for the last 7 years, and I have never once illustrated anything worth mentioning. My illustration skills past college consisted of drawing stick people or the occasional flower. So you can imagine my sheer terror when my manager approached me last December to tell me that I would be

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interface | Ely Urbanski

Printmaker Ely Urbanski’s recent VAE show, interface, closed in late February, but the end of the show was only the beginning. The creative process that led to the interface exhibit began with Urbanski collecting well-worn clothes (and the emotional stories that often go with them) from friends, family, and previous exhibition visitors. Urbanski used them

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Designing the open source way

Working at the first billion-dollar open source company has taught me that open is a better way to develop software. Why? Because in the technology industry, change is constant. Think about how rapidly technology has evolved over the years. Fifteen years ago, everyone was excited about satellite radio, and ten years ago people didn’t carry

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Everyone’s a strategist. So, what are the creative strategists doing?

A designer recently told me, “I don’t even know what you guys do all day.” She was talking about Creative Strategists. She was talking about me. Breathe, man. Assume good intent. You haven’t worked with this one yet. It’s only been a few months. Keep working, they’ll start to get it. Or maybe they won’t.

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Red Hat Community Posters

During the chaos leading up to Red Hat Summit, our design team had the amazing opportunity to create communities posters to display in the Community Central area at the event itself. It all started with a “Friday Inspo” email to our team that included a link to these beautiful posters. They were designed for NASA

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The Power of Participation: How We Worked With an Orchestra to Make an Amazing Event Opener

  The theme for this year’s Summit was “The Power of Participation.” The entire process of creating the intro video took that theme and brought it to life. Not only did the animation showcase the power of participation, but the video and animation teams worked extremely collaboratively—showcasing everyone’s individual strengths to create a stronger whole.

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Open sourced Summit t-shirts

As we’ve discussed on this blog before, this year’s theme for the Red Hat Summit was “The Power of Participation.” We had several aspects of the event that feature elements of participation and collaboration to make it extra fun and interactive. One of those items (arguably the most popular among attendees) was a live t-shirt

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Many hands make less work

A few months ago, when we were concepting for Red Hat Summit, we thought of the idea to use cubes with letters on them to spell out messages to promote the event. That’s one great thing about the Summit theme, not everything has to be digitally made, and this was a nice opportunity to do

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