Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business (1985) is a book by Neil Postman. Analysing modern media, Postman argues that the contemporary world better reflected by Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, whose public was oppressed by their addiction to amusement, than by Orwell’s work, where they were oppressed by state control.

The following summary is direct citation from the book.

What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell…


My fascination by Shenzhen makers culture started, I heard bunnie talking on Open Hardware Development @FOSSASIA ’15 in Singapore. If you are into hardware, open source and open source manufacturing, Shenzhen is the place to be/visit. In October we finally had a chance to visit the city, when decided to go to Shenzhen Maker Faire ’16.

Shenzhen


Photo Credits Linux Foundation

In November last year I attended my first ApacheCon in Sevilla, Spain. The event was co-hosted with Apache Big Data and run entire week from Monday to Friday.

Apache community is extremely opening for non-technical contributions and talks, and despite all the worries to be the only one UX speaker at the event, I had one of the best experience. Which is not a surprise because, one of Apache Software Foundation mission is:

to make the Apache culturally diverse and socially representative open source community.

Later at FOSSDEM 2017 @rbowen — a member of the ASF, gave a talk, which…


While preparing for my talk at FOSSASIA’16 I did a review of academic research on usability work and open source culture.

I’ve put the most interesting papers on the timeline below. A full list can be find in victoria-bondarchuk/List-of-Academic-Research-on-Usability-in-FOSS on GitHub.


This February we hosted our first event of Papers We Love in Seoul. If you’re unfamiliar with the idea, here is a link to this amazing community.

I always wanted to do something UX related at Seoul Tech Society, but couldn’t settle on the format. When @seoul_engineer suggested to open Seoul Chapter for Papers We Love, I immediately thought on including UX papers along with theoretical CS.

For the first meetup, I have prepared a paper by John D Gould and Clayton Lewis: “Designing for usability: key principles and what designers think” (1985), which even after 30 years retains its…

Victoria

UX Researcher, member of Open Source Design

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