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Ellen Reitmayr <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 10 Dec 2007 20:15:36 +0100
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The Linux Foundation ( sponsors a student of
usability, user interface design, interaction design or related to work
as an associate interaction architect to shape the printing experience
on Linux. The goal is to create a detailed design and UI spec for 7
types of printers. Depending on your location, you will be invited to a
meeting with the development and usability team. Otherwise the
collaboration will take place via the established channels of OSS
development - email, IRC, VoIP, and etc.

The student project is part of Season of Usability, an initiative to get
students in touch with FLOSS projects. Projects are sponsored with
$700USD. Project work will start in the beginning of February and will
take approximately 3 months. An involvement of 15 hours per week is

Read on for the full project opening, or view it on the Season of
Usability website:


This project offers the opportunity to work as an Associate Interaction
Architect, and to shape the printing experience on Linux.

You can read the whole interaction design history of this project (back
to front) here:


You will be working with peter sikking, principal interaction architect
 at m+mi works ( In this phase of the project we will
focus on:

- - refining the UI design, based on manufacturer feedback and usability
- - detailed design for each of the 7 printer type clusters:
- - prepare a UI spec with which both the KDE and gnome project can work


Interaction architects need to see from the user point of view, know
what makes user interfaces tick, have a mathematical eye for the beauty
of the simplest solution, a sense for clean layouts and know what can be
developed in practice.

Open printing is an international project, so you need to be able to
communicate and write in English.

There are no specific degree requirements. We welcome students from all
usability-related backgrounds including communication, media,
psychology, interface design or computer science. We know there are no
standard university diplomas for interaction architects. So we know you
had to define your education yourself, and may not perfectly match all
our requirements. Don't be deterred.

How To Apply

To participate in this project, send your application to
[log in to unmask] The application period ends at the 10th of
January 2008.

Please send us a short CV (in PDF), a couple of paragraphs about why you
want to be an interaction architect, some of your past experiences which
have shaped your current skills, and what you expect from this
profession in the future.

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Ellen Reitmayr
Season of Usability Organisation Team

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