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 Jet Propulsion Laboratories by the Seattle-based design firm Invisible Creature.
It didn’t take long for these inspirational designs to spark ideas for creating our own poster-like designs for our communities! In true open source fashion, our team reached out to the communities to see if they would like to participate in this design project. Luckily for us, a few communities decided to let our team design their posters. Yay!
The community I worked on was Ansible. Here’s a condensed look at my process and the final product:
After talking to Ansible about the project and getting to know their product, we learned a fun fact that inspired the entire design–Ansible was named after a sci-fi term! According to Wikipedia:
Ansible: a fictional machine capable of instantaneous or superluminal communication. It can send and receive messages to and from a corresponding device over any distance whatsoever with no delay. Ansibles occur as plot devices in science fiction literature.
Who doesn’t love a good sci-fi reference?
Sketch sketch sketch.
What does an ansible look like? What does it look like when it’s communicating?
Choose the best ideas.
After narrowing down a few ideas that focused on communication, it was time to bring these sketches to life.
Fast-forward through a few round of edits, and we have a final design and an ansible!
Needless to say, this poster has been one of my favorite projects. Not only was it fun and engaging to work on, but it was inspiring to see what other designers came up with and how those designs evolved.
Speaking of other designers, here are some of my favorites from the Community Poster project. Enjoy!