Hello there! I'm Hylke Bons and
I design pretty and usable digital things
hylkebons about — — @hbons


People who haven’t met me in person sometimes wonder if this is a guy’s or a girl’s name. It can be used for either, but I’m a guy. Originally I’m from The Netherlands (but partly of Asian blood). More specifically the northern city of Groningen. There I studied Information Science at the local university.

At the moment I live in London, England, where I work as an Interaction and Graphic Designer at Red Hat’s User Experience team. I like creating (digital) things that aim to make people’s lives easier, and make these things look pretty at the same time. I try to document my experiences in these areas in the Journal section of this site. Right now, SparkleShare and GNOME get most of my attention, but you may know me from my earlier icon work on Pidgin and MeeGo.

In my free time I like to do fun things (surprise!), like doing photography, playing games, and cycling on my trusty Brompton. I like to travel to places to just wander around and see the world, although I should do that more often.

I take design jobs for food, simply send me an email. You can also find me on Twitter, Flickr and Github. If you are in need of an illustrator, consider hiring my sister (because she's awesome).


Hackfest Report

I had a great time attending the GNOME/.NET hackfest last month in Vienna. Here's what happened.

Sun, 03 Nov 2013 — Continue reading...

GNOME/.NET Hackfest

Today I arrived in the always wonderful city of Vienna for the GNOME/.NET Hackfest. Met up and had dinner with the other GNOME + C# fans.

Mon, 7 Oct 2013 — Continue reading...

The CLI (1): Getting help

This is part one of the series “The State of the CLI”. There’s a lot to write about, but let’s start small: how helpful are command line tools and how do we acquire help?

Tue, 12 Feb 2013 — Continue reading...

State of the CLI

Unlike most computer interfaces, the Command Line Interface (or CLI) hasn’t changed much over the last 30 years. Does this mean we’re in a good place?

Tue, 29 Jan 2013 — Continue reading...

SparkleShare 1.0

I’m delighted to announce the availability of SparkleShare 1.0!

Thu, 13 Dec 2012 — Continue reading...

Switching jobs

Today was my first day at Red Hat!

Tue, 03 May 2011 — Continue reading...


It’s been released!

Thu, 07 Apr 2011 — Continue reading...

Announcing SparkleShare

I’m very happy to finally being able to announce a little project of mine that i’ve been working for the last couple of weeks.

Thu, 10 Jun 2010 — Continue reading...


Pidgin Emoticon Set
Yocto Project Logo
Robot Parade
Moblin/MeeGo Icon Set