Looking Back and Moving Forward: The past, present, and future of the KDE Usability Project
Speaker: Celeste Lyn Paul
Although the KDE Usability Project has been around for over 5 years, is KDE much further in terms of usability as it was a few years ago? What are some of the factors which have limited the progress of such an important initiative? In this presentation I will give a state of the KDE Usability Project, including where we came from, what we are doing, and where we are going. I will review some of the history and the motivation for having a usability project in KDE, describe how the project operates with examples of recent and current usability projects (including our successes and failures), and finally, discuss organizational-level changes which we hope will better serve KDE4 and lead us to a more sustainable usability initiative. The KDE community will take away a better understanding of the project which will help fuel a better and stronger KDE Usability Project.
Celeste Lyn Paul
Celeste Lyn Paul is Senior Interaction Architect at User-Centered Design, Inc. and leads the KDE Usability Project. She is an open source design advocate who improving the quality of FLOSS software by education developers about design and working with them on design challenges in their projects. Some of the FLOSS projects she is currently involved with include the KDE, Kubuntu, OpenPrinting, and OpenUsability. More information about her and her work can be found at www.celestelynpaul.com.