As 2016 comes to a close, it’s natural to reflect on the highlights – good and bad – of the past year. For the Open Studio blog, it’s been a year of good! We grew our readership by 300%, we joined Facebook, we had several new authors join our collective, and we even had our first booth at a conference!
We also published a ton of great articles. Here are the top five posts we published in 2016, according to you:
#1 Our evolving brand (part 1)
Brands are living things that constantly grow and evolve. Brand standards must grow and evolve too, to meet new needs and reflect new ways to use core elements.
We launched the fourth edition of the Red Hat Brand Standards in January 2015, so it’s time for an update. We won’t be reprinting the physical book, but we will be making changes to the online version. We’ll point out each change and explain why we’re making it here.
For the first update, we’ll be addressing 8 sections. Most are small improvements, but a few are complete overhauls or entirely new topics.
#2 Red Hat Summit – The Glorious Storm
I am predisposed to believe that everyone knows the saying “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning” … but I also spent a great deal of my childhood by the sea. So, if a sailor awoke to a red sky, it meant there was a storm a’brewin. If a sailor sees a red sky at night, the sailor can relax. Well… for the last month or so, every morning my team and I come to work, it is a red sky we see out of the wrapped windows of our little corner on the 9th floor. But today… the day I am writing this post, the sky is a glowing crimson… so to speak. But for us, it is not the calm before the storm, but the storm before the bigger storm. The big storm that is the Red Hat Summit. An exciting, exhilarating, wonderfully challenging, and rewarding storm—but a storm nonetheless.
#3 2016 Red Hat Summit theme development process: Messaging (Part 1)
This is the first in a series of 3 blog posts that will walk you through our 2016 Red Hat Summit theme process. In this post, we’ll focus on the first phase of our process – messaging development.
Each year, the Creative Strategy + Design Team and the Content Team work together to create a theme for the biggest event for Red Hat – The Red Hat Summit. It is the premier open source technology event to showcase the latest and greatest in cloud computing, platform, virtualization, middleware, storage, and system management technologies.
#4 Creative Strategy + Design team infographic
Infographics, story graphics, fact graphics. I get to work on all 3 at Red Hat, so I thought it would be fun to make one that relates to the Creative Strategy + Design team. I made a survey to get to know the team better and received answers from everyone on our team plus 3 of our resource managers. Here are the results from all 19 of us. Hopefully you will learn a little more about the in-house creative team and also begin to understand our love (no, obsession) with food.
#5 Make a “fancy” UI with PatternFly
Hello everyone. We are excited for PatternFly, a Red Hat sponsored project, to be featured as part of the Open Studio blog. It’s nice to have a forum to share and learn about all the cool and creative efforts within Red Hat.