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Hello there! I'm Hylke Bons and
I design pretty and usable digital things
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about

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).

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Hackfest Report

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

Sun, 03 Nov 2013

My goal for the week was to port SparkleShare's user interface to GTK+3 and integrate with GNOME 3.

A lot of work got done. Many thanks to David and Stefan for enabling this by the smooth organisation of the space, food, and internet. Bertrand, Stephan, and Mirco helped me get set up to build a GTK+3-enabled SparkleShare pretty quickly. The porting work itself was done shortly after that, and I had time left to do a lot of visual polish and behavioural tweaks to the interface. Details matter!

SparkleShare

Last week I released SparkleShare 1.3, a Linux-only release that includes all the work done at the hackfest. We're still waiting for the dependencies to be included in the distributions, so the only way you can use it is to build from source yourself for now. Hopefully this will change soon.

One thing that's left to do is to create a gnome-shell extension to integrate SparkleShare into GNOME 3 more seamlessly. Right now it still has to use the message tray area, which is far from optimal. So if you're interested in helping out with that, please let me know.

Tomboy Notes

The rest of the time I helped out others with design work. Helped out Mirco with the Smuxi preference dialogues using my HIG obsession and started a redesign of Tomboy Notes. Today I sent out the new design to their mailing list with the work done so far.

Sadly there wasn't enough time for me to help out with all of the other applications… I guess that's something for next year.

Sponsors

I had a fun week in Vienna (which is always lovely no matter the time of year) and met many new great people. Special thanks to the many sponsors that helped making this event possible: Norkart, Collabora, Novacoast IT, University of Vienna, and The GNOME Foundation.

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