[Linux-aus] FOSS Tools In Graphic Design

Mike Carden mike.carden at gmail.com
Fri Dec 20 18:03:55 EST 2013

Hi Alec and welcome to LA.

If you Google 'Andy Fitzsimon' and 'Simon Pascal Klein', the speed of
Google's autocomplete might tell you something. These guys know stuff about
FOSS graphic design.


On Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 4:38 PM, Alec Sloman <alec.sloman at 99designs.com>wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> This is my first message to your mailing list, so please let me start with
> a brief introduction.
> My name is Alec Sloman. I'm 27, a recent first-time father, and a resident
> of Melbourne, Australia. I started with Cocoa applications, and gradually
> moved into web development. In the last few years, I've moved towards
> infrastructure which is where I first encountered Linux as a day-to-day. My
> main personal interest is in OpenStack, but in general, I love FOSS and
> believe that it's the most compelling implementation of a freedom-centric
> philosophy in the world today. I could be wrong on that. I'm still pretty
> green when it comes to the wider community, but am eager to get involved.
> Currently I work at 99designs in Melbourne, Australia. My position is
> "Developer Advocate" which is essentially a "culture champion". I organize
> meetups, write blog posts, and do professional development for our
> technical team of 50+. Currently I'm the only dev who uses Linux on their
> desktop (Mint 15 with i3). I'm writing some provisioning scripts to make it
> easy for devs to get a working virtual environment with a Linux as the host
> machine. Hopefully I can get these people off Apple's evil teat. I think
> everyone would be happier and more productive.
> I have a very specific reason for joining this group. Three weeks ago we
> moved into an amazing new office right next to Richmond station with a
> large presentation stage and multimedia equipment. I have a free mandate to
> put on technical events and I now have the chance to share this space with
> the FOSS community in Australia.
> In particular, I am interested in organizing an event(s) along the lines
> of "Open Source Tools for Designers" with an emphasis on GIMP, Blender,
> etc. We have a sizeable community of designers from all across the world
> who pretty much all have pirated copies of Photoshop and it occurs to me
> that they could be a) using and b) contributing to free tools instead.
> But I am not limiting discussion to design tools. Our tech team is
> generally pretty darn good and organize a number of events already.
> Actually, here's one that's coming up early in January for infrastructure
> coders:
> http://www.meetup.com/Infrastructure-Coders/
> More generally, I want to start a discussion with fellow FOSS enthusiasts
> about how we might use this space to do some good. This mailing list seemed
> like a good place to start. I was referred to you from this thread on
> Reddit:
> http://www.reddit.com/r/melbourne/comments/1sac1c/any_expert_users_of_gimp_out_there/cdw6475
> Any thoughts? I'd love to work with you guys!
> Regards,
> --
> *Developer Advocate*
> *E *alec.sloman at 99designs.com
> *99designs.com <http://99designs.com/>*
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