Creating rapid CLI prototypes with cli-output

I’m working on the usability of pip (the official Python package manager) at the moment. This short blogpost isn’t about how to design CLIs. It is about creating rapid prototypes with this tool – part “look at this useful tool, part “thank you Pradyun” part feature request list. 🙂 Update After putting together the feature […]

A Python community announcement about our pip work

Sumana Harihareswara the pip PM put together a video for the Python community to tell them about our UX work on pip, the package manager. Initially I was thinking “I hate seeing my face on video, I hate hearing my voice. This better not have ukelele music. I hate those kinds of videos.” I liked […]

How should pip handle dependency conflicts when updating already installed packages?

The pip UX Team is looking for your input into future pip behaviour! What is this research about? This research is to understand what behaviour users expect from pip where upgrading a package would introduce dependency conflict(s) to already installed packages. I want to give my input! Great! Nicole has put together a 1 question […]

Reading list & useful things I found for 1-8 September

User Research No design without (user) research; A great talk (with video) by Belén Barros Pena given at 2019 Libre Graphics Meeting (LGM) conference in Saarbrucken. The talk was about why and how to incorporate design research practices into free software projects, but it applies to all projects. The tool we use to turn around […]

Fixing fn button controls on your POP_OS laptop post-update 18.10

I’ve been using my XPS 13 developer machine more and more over the past few months after recently installing POP_OS (Ubuntu based with a very nice and usable Gnome 3 theme). Last week I updated to POP_OS 18.10, which brought lots of changes. One of those unexpected changes was the function (F buttons) stopped controlling […]

Using Apple Magic mouse with Ubuntu sometimes causes unwanted behaviours

One of the main annoyances with my new Ubuntu machine is not so much the fault of Ubuntu, or the Dell hardware – but the lack of a decent pointing device. As much as I complained originally, I like my Apple Magic Mouse. My muscle memory has formed, ergonomically it’s (reasonably) comfortable. So annoying! The […]

Useful Gnome extensions for UX professionals

As I wrote before, I’m conducting an experiment of working with only Open Source software in my day-to-day User Centred Design profession. One of the good things with OS X software was the abundance of useful, single use applications which helped in work. Using Linux, this shouldn’t be impossible to achieve either. The flavour of […]