October 14, 2009, 10:50 am
On Tuesday afternoon I spoke with Ivanka Majic, leader of Canonical’s design team for Ubuntu Desktop and Netbook Remix. She’s spearheading the effort to make Ubuntu that much more appealing and useful — to make it more of its “Linux for human beings” namesake.
The design team’s a group of fourteen people who comprise a mix of different disciplines: visual / graphics designers, interaction designers, and technical people. “The majority of us come from consultancies and agencies,” Ivanka explained. “I was at a user experience consultancy called Flow Interactive, and I used to be a programmer, so I came into user-centered design. If I was thinking about what people were doing and how, I could help them accomplish that…”