In June, we showed you the first batch of 1 foot square panels that our designers are creating for an empty wall in our workroom. This month, we’ve got eight more pieces from folks who work on design teams throughout Red Hat.
Senior Director | Global Brand Strategy & Management
As a quilter, the patchwork aesthetic tends to influence all of my creative projects. With this piece, I decided to push myself and use a medium that doesn’t come as naturally to me as fabric: paper. Using strips of paper I created my own version of a traditional quilting “string block.” As a bonus, I used pages from myriad historical Red Hat brand artifacts. Can the eagle eyes among us name all of the pieces that are featured here?
Manager, Design | Creative Strategy + Design Team
Patterns and geometric shapes are a large part of our corporate brand. So, naturally that’s where my head went for a design that lives on a wall within Red Hat. I wanted to create something using these core geometric elements but with a less rigid approach. I wanted the piece to feel like a human created it. There are mistakes in what I created but I think that’s part of the beauty of it. The final pattern I created showcases the structured with the organic.
Interaction + Visual Designer | UXD Team
I feel like design jobs are a balance of order and chaos, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Using tape, I was able to get clean edges and angles representing order. The fun part was splattering red paint, which represents chaos. I might’ve gotten red paint specks throughout the garage, but it was worth it.
Graphic Designer | Marketing Operations
I love shiny things so I decided I would “bling” out Shadowman. I placed roughly 1,500 crystals on here, by hand, to represent all the moving pieces that make Red Hat shine. The red and white crystals are clear to represent transparency and the black opaque crystals represent a strong foundation. I just have to say, this ended up being a fun project that allowed me to create something I wouldn’t normally had the opportunity to create.
Designer | Customer Content Services + Brand Teams
As a graphic designer and now technical diagram designer, the very nature of my work is… lets just say incredibly linear, logical, precise, and rather prescriptive. So I jumped at the chance to break that thread and embraced something organic!
Though intentional, simply following the grain of the wood gave me the freedom to reveal the underlying picture within the material. This was a chance to step away from my norm and follow rather than lead. No boxes, no lines, no color, no hierarchy… just a deadline. 😉
Designer | Brand Team
I recently started the task of taking my motorcycle apart. Just the research has been fairly overwhelming, and although I feel like I’m in over my head, I’ve really enjoyed looking at the old diagrams from the 1970s. These drawings inspired me to reuse a printmaking technique I learned in college—which seemed like a fitting hands-on and dirty method, similar to breaking down my bike.
Production Designer | Creative Strategy + Design Team
One of the things that excites me the most about working at Red Hat is the amount of collaboration that happens daily. The criss cross of each string is a depiction of that collaboration and how our teams are constantly working together the open source way.
Marketing Operations Team
Chris Rook, Jairus Mitchell, Joshua Morrison, Kalyn Haba, Leslie Schenkel, Mary Blanks, Nick Dietsch, Sarah Harvey, and Sarat Kocherlakota
Because we opened this project up to the entire Marketing Operations team, many different hands took part in creating this square. It goes to show that when you throw a bunch of markers on a table and ask teammates to collaborate, we achieve a work of art The Open Source Way.