Sam's Blog

Taking the "User" out of Design

Posted on 20 Feb 2019

As a designer, I’ve never been totally comfortable with referring to people as “users”. I find the term unethical as it minimizes the idea that people have any individuality or sense of agency, and I believe the term is obsolete as it is rooted in a past when the connection between a person using a computer and the computer itself was clear, which is no longer the case in the modern age.

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Basic Linux Virtualization with KVM

Posted on 16 Feb 2019

By no measure, am I an expert on all the ins and outs of virtualization, hell, before I started looking into this stuff a “hypervisor” to me was just a really cool visor.

Geordi La Forge

But after a reading a bunch of documentation, blog posts and StackExchange entries, I think I have enough of a basic understanding—or at least I have learnt enough to get it to work for my limited use case—to write some instructions.

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Addressing Icons Themes (Again)

Posted on 18 Jan 2019 updated 29 Jan 2019
Note: it should go without saying that these are my own opinions.

Some time ago I wrote a post on how platforms have a responsibility to respect the identity of applications, but now there’s some rumblings that Ubuntu’s community-built Yaru icon set (which is a derivative of the Suru icon set I maintain) intends to ignore this and infringe upon applications’ brands by modifying their icons:

WYD Yaru

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Moving Beyond Themes

Posted on 05 Aug 2018
Note: it should go without saying that these are my own opinions.

Over the years FreeDesktop platforms have come a long way in terms of usability and as we strive to make them better platforms for application developers, I think it’s time to shed one more shackle that slows that down: themes.

Now, coming from me that view may be a surprise (because of all those themes that I call personal projects) but I do feel it’s necessary mainly because the level of visual customisation that is being done at the distribution level has led to widespread visual fragmentation which impacts both user- and developer-friendliness.

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Adorbs for Telegram!

Posted on 27 Jul 2018

Adorbs was a sticker pack for iMessage that I used to maintain, but I let my Apple developer account lapse (too expensive for just stickers), so I made them into a Telegram sticker pack!

Stickers are just glorified icons right??

Adorbs for Telegram

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