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Trumpiversary: a year since President Donald Trump gave me a megaphone.

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A year ago today President-elect Trump tweeted me – by accident. I replied highlighting climate change. The story got international coverage. I had a choice: sit quietly and wait for it to go away, or take the platform offered to me and add my own voice. While I am a person who is vocal and I have opinions, I have never sought any limelight. I was going to ignore it. The original tweet...

Michael and Ivanka’s Grand Podcast

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Michael Forrest and I decided we would start a podcast. You can have a listen and subscribe at grandpodcast.com. It’s an evolving project and I am enjoying recording it. If you would like to, you can have a listen right here: Or you can search for it on your podcast listening platform of choice. Just type in Michael and Ivanka’s Grand Podcast and you should be all set. Feedback and...

3 reasons why you should support Ubuntu Edge

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Crowdfunding has been steadily proving itself as a viable way for increasingly commercial projects to seek upfront financial support from their customers, yet up till now, no-one has attempted anything quite as big as the £32m Ubuntu Edge project. Ubuntu Edge aims to build and ship 40,000 mobile phones, all running Ubuntu. It’s already breaking records and I want to give you three reasons...

Designing in the open

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On Tuesday 9th of April I gave a little talk at Mozilla’s “Designing in the Open” event. Along with the rest of the speakers I was asked to prepare a 10 – 15 minutes talk and to be prepared for a discussion to follow. In preparation for the talk I spoke to a few people – designers and engineers – and one of them (@sil) said: “I hope you are going to publish this...

Dangers of double negatives

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Riding around British Columbia one can’t help but notice the posters encouraging people to either vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ in an upcoming referendum. Being the curious type I have of course asked around and discussed it with a few of the locals we have encountered. As a temporary visitor any opinion I might form on the actual tax is totally irrelevant but what has been...

Ivanka, quo vadis?

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On the 1st of June 2011 I will be departing these shores on an extended honeymoon with my husband of almost 3 months! I am taking what I believe is officially called ‘a career break’. We will be traveling from the top to the bottom of the world on a motorbike. (Yes, one motorbike. No, I don’t ride.) From Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. My 2 years and 3 months at Canonical have been...

Surveying contributions

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If you have ever contributed to an open source project or wish you had got round to it then please can you fill in this survey?

It isn’t a quick one, but if you have about 20 minutes to spare then your response would be very much appreciated. I will publish the results on my blog and the design blog so, if you are interested you won’t miss them!

Looking at Ubuntu Brainstorm: Idea #25801

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The Ubuntu Technical Board is currently conducting a review of the top ten Brainstorm issues users have raised about Ubuntu, and Matt asked me to investigate Idea #25801: Help the user understand when closing a window does not terminate the app. In other words, figure out to signal to the user that an application will continue to run after all of its windows have been closed. This is more than a...

So, you want to provide an API for the world to use?

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I conducted 5 qualitative interviews with developers and here are some findings. You have two problems. The first problem is to design the API. The second is to help people learn to use it. Great API design Is consistent, predictable, learnable. You are creating an API that developers will interact with. In the same way that a graphical user interface (GUI) might use visual design to provide...

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Ivanka

Ivanka Majic works in technology. She was Head of Design for Ubuntu, service managed Digital Marketplace through to beta, was acting director of digital for the Labour Party. She lives and works in Brighton where she works with the council’s digital first team, does a bit of teaching at Sussex University, and works with her husband on projects like restaurantsbrighton.co.uk and the BRAVOs. She has also started a podcast with her friend Michael which you can listen to at grandpodcast.com.

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