Nov 3 – 5, 2023
Riga, Latvia
Europe/Riga timezone

Making Open More Open: A design workshop for non-designers in FLOSS

Nov 5, 2023, 2:00 PM
1h 30m
Beta 1 – Workshops (Radisson Blu Latvija)

Beta 1 – Workshops

Radisson Blu Latvija

Workshop (1.5 Hours) Content & Design


Mr Abhishek Sharma
Superbloom Design & Open Source Design
Eriol Fox (they/them)
Superbloom Design, Newcastle University & Open Source Design


Getting Open Source Design Contributions for your OSS project

Open Source Software is typically maintained by small groups of enthusiastic developers with growing involvement from the design community. However, FLOSS is not just developer tools and certainly not limited to ‘linux’ and ‘APIs’ there are huge amounts of FLOSS out there that can benefit from better usability for all users (not just the creator and core maintainers!).

FLOSS is starting to understand how UX/UI/Usability design improves how they do their work, but are struggling to know how to bring designers into an ‘open source’ world where the processes, community and focus has historically been developer lead and we’re here to help with this short, active workshop for non-designers in FLOSS to begin to work with design principles and tasks that help you to embrace and understand what design brings as well as know what to ask for in terms of design for your FLOSS as well as feeling prepared to participate in design for FLOSS.

We’d appreciate it if you attended with any FLOSS project that you maintain, contribute to or have always wanted to contribute to in mind. We encourage teams of FLOSS maintainers to attend.

As long time members of the Open Source Design community and professionals who work on multiple OSS projects through our organization Superbloom, we are here to take you through the open source design journey and what we’ve learnt about design contributions to OSS.

Session author's bio

Eriol has been working as a designer for 10+ years working in for-profits and then NGO's and open-source software organisations, working on complex problems like sustainable food systems, peace-building and crisis response technology. Eriol now works at Superbloom design, research, open-source and technology projects.

Eriol is a part-time funded PhD researcher at Newcastle University's Open Lab looking at how designers participate in humanitarian and human rights focussed open-source software projects.

They are also part of the core teams at Open Source Design ( and Human Rights Centred Design working group ( and Sustain UX & Design working group ( and help hosts podcast about open source and design (

Eriol is a non-binary, queer person who uses they/them pronouns.

Level of Difficulty Beginner
Social Media @erioldoesdesign

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