[maemo-community] Proposal for new community role

From: Kees Jongenburger kees.jongenburger at gmail.com
Date: Wed Jul 8 08:15:25 EEST 2009

On Tue, Jul 7, 2009 at 11:13 PM, David Greaves<david at dgreaves.com> wrote:
> Jamie recently said over on -developer
>  Oh and can I say, HUGE potential in harvesting open source developers
>  to develop for Nokia in QT for not only Internet Tablets but Phones too!
> and my thought was ... "yeah but it'll look crap"
> So how do we help fix that?
> Answer: a flashmaster.... someone who can make it look flash ;)

1) If making it look good was not the primary goal the software is in bad shape

Hi, I like the idea of having things look slick(not only good) and to
be honest I think
this is the main reason canola is so popular. It looks good and people
want to make
things look and feel good. How the end product feels is for non developers even
more important then if the "code it right and there are no
duplications of code".
And it is even worse people are ready to go in a lot of pain an learn
esoteric stuff
just to get it good-looking.

2) open source doesnt' excel at end-user/product oriented development modes.

I  my career I rarely found developers to have good graphical skils
and even worse in
the open-source overall we are not about making it look good(stupid it
know). So you
are probably wright that if you want good looking application you need
to make things look good. The best looking and functional apps in
maemo are apps
created by developers using python(I guess it removes a lot of
programming hassle
and leaves time to make it look good).

my point is that is that in my experience open source developers and
developers in
general are very good at communicating and talking about there
problems. Designers
and writer on the other are very bad at working together and when they
are good designer
they are not able to deliver designs in such a way it is usable for programmers.

so as good-looking guy how are you going to solve this problem?

3) open source doesn't work like that

Just look at the forum some people are proposing different
skils(design , UI , interaction, documentation)
we provide "free packaging". but not enough people make use of this,
Why? we need to answer this first
before putting even more resources in this. My feeling is that we miss
something called synergy and adding
resource is not the answer to that

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