Jakub Steiner Designer. Camera Pilot. http://jimmac.musichall.cz/blog 2014-08-01T12:13:00Z Jakub Steiner GUADEC http://jimmac.musichall.cz/blog/2014-08-01-guadec/ 2014-08-01T12:13:00Z 2014-08-01T17:53:24+02:00 Article Author <p>This blog post is mostly about showing some photos I took, but I may as well give a brief summary from my point of view.</p> <p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jakubsteiner/14614571520/" class="image full"><img alt="" src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5555/14614571520_e6716c749a_z.jpg"></a></p> <p>Had a good time in Strasbourg this week. Hacked a bit on Adwaita with Lapo, who has fearlessly been sanding the rough parts after the major refactoring. Jim Hall uncovered the details of his recent usability testing of GNOME, so while we video chatted before, it was nice to meet him in person. Watched Christian uncover his bold plans to <a href="http://www.hergert.me/blog/2014/07/30/leaving-mongodb.html">focus on Builder full time</a> which is both awesome and sad. Watched Jasper come out with the truth about his love for Windows and Federico&rsquo;s secret to getting around fast. Uncovered how Benjamin is not getting more aerodynamic (ie fat) like me. Enjoyed a lot of great food (surprisingly had crêpes only once).</p> <p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jakubsteiner/14800918612" title="DSCF1919 by Jakub Steiner, on Flickr" class="image full"> <img src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5567/14800918612_7fc54d70d2_z.jpg"> </a></p> <p>In a classic move I ran out of time in my lightning talk on multirotors, so I&rsquo;ll have to cover the topic of free software flight controllers in a future blog post. I managed to miss a good number of talks I intended to see, which is quite a feat, considering the average price of beer in the old town. Had a good time hanging out with folks which is so rare to me.</p> <p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jakubsteiner/14821119933" title="DSCF2016 by Jakub Steiner, on Flickr" class="image full"><img src="https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3892/14821119933_a13ae2b1f1_z.jpg"></a></p> <p>During the BOFs on Wednesday I sat down with the Boxes folks, discussing some new designs. Sad that it was only few brief moments I managed to talk to Bastien about our Blender workflows. Unfortunately the Brno folks from whom I stole a spot in the car had to get back on Thursday so I missed the Thursday and Friday BOFs as well.</p> <p class="row"> <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jakubsteiner/14614661918" title="Lapo hacking Software CSS" class="image 4u"> <img src="https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3839/14614661918_06932ff2d6_z.jpg"></a> <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jakubsteiner/14614661578" title="Matthew Garrett on the future of the Desktop" class="image 4u"> <img src="https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2921/14614661578_9cb6794997_z.jpg"></a> <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jakubsteiner/14614661128" title="Owen Taylor on automated testing" class="image 4u"> <img src="https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3835/14614661128_4902dc2ff2_z.jpg"></a> </p> <p>Despite the weather I enjoyed the second <em>last</em> GUADEC. Thanks for making it awesome again. See you in the next <em>last</em> one in Gothenburg.</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jakubsteiner/sets/72157645680971008/">All my GUADEC Photos</a></li> </ul> Adwaita 3.14 http://jimmac.musichall.cz/blog/2014-06-14-adwaita-3-14/ 2014-06-14T09:36:00Z 2014-06-14T16:12:44+02:00 Article Author <p>Now that the controversial 3.12 tab design has been <a href="https://plus.google.com/+JakubSteiner/posts/2aj87WRbZYA">validated by Apple</a>, we&rsquo;re ready to tackle new challenges with the widgetry™.</p> <p class="image full"> <img type="image/svg+xml" alt="" src="/blog/2014-06-14-adwaita-3-14/adwaita-314.svg"> </p> <p>Adwaita has grown into a fairly complex theme. We make sure unfocused windows are less eye-grabbing (flat). We provide a less light-polluting variant for visually-heavy content apps (<em>Adwaita:dark</em>). And last but not least we provide a specific wigdet style for overlay controls (OSD). All this complexity has made Adwaita quite a challenge to maintain and evolve. Since we were to relocate Adwaita <a href="http://blogs.gnome.org/mclasen/2014/06/13/a-new-default-theme-for-gtk/">directly into gtk+</a>, we had to bite the bullet and perform quite a <a href="http://www.bonkersworld.net/building-software/">surgery on it</a>.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s a number of improvements we aimed to achieve. Limiting the number of distinct colors and making most colors derived makes it easier to adjust the overall feel of the theme and I&rsquo;m sure 3rd party themers will enjoy this too. Not relying on image assets for majority of the drawing makes the workflow much more flexible as well. Many of the small graphical elements now make use of the icon theme assets so these remain recolorable based on the context, similar to how text is treated. </p> <p><a href="http://blogs.gnome.org/otte/">Benjamin</a> has been working hard to move the theme closer to the familiar CSS box model, further minimizing the reliance on odd property hacks and engines (Adwaita no longer makes use of any engine drawing).</p> <p class="image full"> <img alt="" src="/blog/2014-06-14-adwaita-3-14/sass-goodness.png"> <small>We still rely on some image assets, but even that is much more manageable with <a href="http://sass-lang.com/">SASS</a>.</small> </p> <p>Anything gtk related never happens without the giant help from Matthias, Cosimo and Benjamin, but I have to give extra credits to Lapo Calamandrei, without whom these dark caverns would be impossible for me to enter. Another major piece that I&rsquo;m grateful for living right inside the toolkit, ready to be brought up any time, is the <a href="http://blogs.gnome.org/mclasen/2014/06/05/a-gtkinspector-update/">awesome inspector</a>. Really happy to see it mature and evolve.</p> Jestedska Odysea Longboard http://jimmac.musichall.cz/blog/2014-06-13-jestedska-odysea-longboard/ 2014-06-13T05:17:00Z 2014-06-13T07:42:02+02:00 Article Author <p>Some shots with the gopro from last weekend. Music by <a href="https://soundcloud.com/lukas-2">LuQuS</a>.</p> <iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/98082124" class="image full" width="500" height="500" frameborder="0"> <a href="http://vimeo.com/98082124">Jestedska Odysea Longboard</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/jimmacfx">jimmac</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>. </iframe> OPW http://jimmac.musichall.cz/blog/2014-05-24-opw/ 2014-05-24T16:45:00Z 2014-05-25T23:31:22+02:00 Article Author <p>Wow, <a href="http://pvanhoof.be/blog/index.php/2014/05/23/lets-make-things-better">Philip</a>. <a href="https://wiki.gnome.org/OutreachProgramForWomen">OPW</a> is a detriment to GNOME development in the same way an espresso or electronic music is. You may not appreciate its catalyst effect to <a href="http://dispatchesfromopw.wordpress.com/">great</a> <a href="http://www.barbaramuraus.net/?portfolio=women-of-color">contributions</a>, but blaming it for being one of the reasons why our developer story is sub optimal is very disrespecting to the people responsible for the program. </p> <p>I am amused when poor developer workflow immediately becomes &ldquo;gnome terminal lacks transparency&rdquo; (and it being the design team&rsquo;s decision), but reading this sort of lunacy on Planet GNOME is sad.</p> Berlin DX Hackfest http://jimmac.musichall.cz/blog/2014-05-09-berlin-dx-hackfest/ 2014-05-09T13:22:00Z 2014-05-09T17:13:18+02:00 Article Author <p><a class="image full" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jakubsteiner/14164370323/" title="DSCF0726 by jimmac, on Flickr"> <img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7333/14164370323_9dacd935f0_z.jpg" alt="DSCF0726"> </a></p> <p>As regular planet GNOME readers have noticed, Berlin had the priviledge of hosting a couple of great GNOME developers and deisgners (and me ;). Berlin is where my first involvment with Free software people took place (at <a href="http://wiki.gimp.org/index.php/Hacking:GIMPCon_2000,_Berlin,_Germany,_2000">Gimpcon</a>) and despite rather chilly weather it&rsquo;s a great city to hang around, especially the east central part around Friedrichshain. Big thanks to <a href="http://afaikblog.wordpress.com/">Allan</a> for organizing the event and extra thanks to <a href="http://blixtra.org/blog/2014/05/06/gnome-dev-x-hackfest-berlin-wrap-up/">Chris Kühl</a> for hosting us at Endocode. Lovely office and great location. Free cappucino with your <a href="http://foursquare.com">foursquare</a> first checkin at the <a href="http://www.espresso-ambulanz.de/">Espresso Ambulanz</a> around the corner btw, great coffee.</p> <p>After the hackfest that&rsquo;s been centered around <a href="http://blog.tomeuvizoso.net/2014/05/api-reference-at-devx-hackfest.html">API</a> docs and the toolkit we spent some extra days with Jon and Allan on some designs such as the selection mode, sharing, touch aspects of some widgets and started going through bugs and maintenance obstacles that stand in the way of making Adwaita the default gtk+ style. Sadly some refactoring is going to need to happen in the next couple of days/weeks, but it looks like <a href="https://plus.google.com/+LapoCalamandrei">Lapo</a> is onboard for the challenge, so it&rsquo;s going to be great having a wingman for this unrewarding chore.</p> <p class="row"> <a class="image 4u" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jakubsteiner/14144497584/"> <img alt="" src="https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2900/14144497584_254019946b_z.jpg"> </a> <a class="image 4u" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jakubsteiner/13957680310/"> <img alt="" src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7376/13957680310_e566aae429_z.jpg"> </a> <a class="image 4u" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jakubsteiner/14121122296/"> <img alt="" src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7455/14121122296_0c3890b8fb_z.jpg"> </a> </p> <p>It was a great kickstart, pretty pumped about 3.14 :)</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jakubsteiner/sets/72157644632160033/">All Photos</a></li> </ul> Kill the Hackergotchi http://jimmac.musichall.cz/blog/2014-04-28-kill-the-hackergotchis/ 2014-04-28T14:37:00Z 2014-04-28T17:57:43+02:00 Article Author <p>I&rsquo;m quite often mis-attributed for creating <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackergotchi">hackergotchis</a>. Generally not being a big fan of dropshadows and guillotines, I&rsquo;d actually prefer to keep the horrible aesthetic of hackergotchis in the past. </p> <p>There&rsquo;s probably less clumsy ways to do this, but to help the matter I&rsquo;ve created <a href="https://github.com/gnome-design-team/gnome-icons/tree/master/gnome-avatar">a simple script + svg template</a> that renders a round pill from a square photo. You need to have inkscape installed and provide it with a square photo.</p> <pre><code>$ ./render-avatar.rb jimmac.jpg Bitmap saved as: avatar.png </code></pre> <p class="image full"> <img alt="" src="/blog/2014-04-28-kill-the-hackergotchis/avatars.png"> </p> <p>Please reattach your heads to your bodies, they look better as a unit.</p>