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Current positions

Current design experts :

  • UX expert :
  • Visual design expert :
  • User testing expert :
  • IRC chat moderator : Yousuf 'Jay' Philips, Jan 'Kendy' Holešovský, Katarina Behrens, Philippe Jung

Current projects experts :

The user testing expert see to it that whatever needs to be tested gets tested and that the tests are carried out well. The expert doesn't have to personally take part in tests -- as we have volunteers all over the world, that would sometimes be impossible -- but they have to make sure that the tests get done and are sufficiently accurate to be useful.

The visual design expert oversee all visual design related work. That means making sure that all graphical elements that are needed get made and follow a certain style. It also means creating visual design and branding guidelines and style guides when they're needed.

The UX expert care for the general UX of LibreOffice. That means bringing attention to important UX bugs, watching over their progress, and cooperating with the user testing expert, the visual design expert, and developers based on what each bug requires. It also involves refining the design process, from the bug report stage all the way to implementation.

Project experts are designed when required for large projects. They take care of the whiteboards and of the project. They should also be responsible for crafting the tentative design.

In general :

  • experts are voted for 6 months,
  • if for some position, nobody applies, then the design team self-organizes (for the best and the worse as usual)
  • experts give an orientation to the work of the design team, organize the debate without censorship,
  • if a particular point yields a lot of conflicting opinions, the final say goes to a vote after all rationnal arguments have been synthetized by the expert.

What We've Accomplished

Please add links to the documentation of things we have done within the UX team. We will need this e.g. for presenting our stuff on the LibreOffice conference.

Topic Date started Date stopped People involved Delivered in LO Version Links
Testing Icons June 2012 - Björn, Astron -

Design Team Members

If you'd like to get involved as well, feel free to add yourself to the list.

Design Team

Picture Name Wiki User Page IRC User Name Blog Topic Interest LibreOffice Interests Comments Last Update
User Alexander Wilms.jpg F. Alexander Wilms
Alexander Wilms
  • Overall look 'n' feel
  • Templates
  • Impress & Writes
  • Predefined Styles

... Klaus-Jürgen Weghorn K-j .... .....
  • learning from others
  • website usability
  • Even on a creative team there must be someone who hangs on the pictures
Htietze.jpg Heiko Tietze
htietze blog
  • User Survey
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Interface Design
  • Human Interface Guidelines
  • Consistency
  • Self-descriptiveness
Don't eat the yellow snow where the huskies use to go. 2015-06-10
... P Rana
... ...
  • User Experience
  • Interface Design
  • Consistency
  • Ease of use
... 2016-11-28
... V. Stuart Foote
vsfoote ... ...
  • Accessibility & a11y
  • General UX
... 2015-06-10
... Jan 'Kendy' Holešovský
kendy blog
  • Liaison to the ESC
... ... 2015-06-11
... Yousuf 'Jay' Philips
jphilipz ...
  • User Experience
  • Usage Metrics
... ... 2015-06-11
... Philippe Jung
  • Develop new features
  • Make things simple and intuitive
  • Writer
  • Impress
... 2015-06-17
... Katarina Behrens
bubli ...
  • Reading code
  • Writing code
  • Complaining about code
  • Dreaming in code
  • Draw/Impress, sometimes Calc
  • Fixing (UI) bugs
  • Transforming design ideas into code
... 2015-07-03
Adolfo Jayme Fitoschido fitojb Blog Visual design, UX patterns, localization 2015-07-05
User Paulo Jose.jpg
Paulo José O. Amaro
Paulo José - Brainstorm
  • User Experience Design
  • Usability & Accessibility
  • 2D/3D Artwork
  • Drawing
  • Photography
Interface Design and User Experience studies, for now.

Thomas Lendo User:Lendo/Usability
  • User experience
  • Localization
Make LibreOffice better and easier to use 2019-09-11
Rizal Muttaqin User:rizmut rizmut Mastering LibreOffice
  • Icon Design
  • User Experience
Make LibreOffice shiny and sweety Let's Code for Afterlife 2020-05-06
... Cassandra Freund
User:CassieLX ...
  • Sifr Design
  • I'm using mainly Draw, Calc and Writer.
not active atm. 2021-05-09
Picture Name Wiki User Page IRC User Name Blog Topic Interest LibreOffice Interests Comments Last Update

Design Team Alumni

Wiki User Page IRC User Name
Blog Topic Interest
LibreOffice Interests
Last Update
(no image) Stefan Knorr (astron)
  • yes, please: user experience/interaction
  • marginally: branding
  • not very much: marketing
make it just work informal "mentor" role – so don't hesitate to ask... 2012-02-16
(no image) Laurent Lyaudet (LLyaudet) User:LLyaudet LLyaudet
  • User experience
  • Ergonomics
[coming soon] Mike Houben User:Houbsi Houbsi ...
  • User Experience
  • Webdesign
  • Animation
  • Film
  • Photography
  • Interface Design
  • Website
... Björn Balazs User:Bjoern ... Creating extraordinary user experiences for free software by understanding human needs Doing
<- that for an office suite
IvanM.jpg Ivan Miskovic User:IvanM ivanm Currently neglected :(
  • Visual Design
  • Website
  • User Experience
  • Community!
LibreOffice has so much potential - I'd be happy if I contributed to a small part of its realisation ...
Nikash SINGH User:Nik ... Even more neglected than Ivan's! =O
Design direction,
User Interface
Putting our best foot forward =) 2011-10-23
... Gareth Edwards User:Gareth ... ... User Experience Turning LibreOffice into the best office suite available. Particularly interested in Impress, Draw and Writer (roughly in that order). ... 2011-02-16
... Tobias Bernard User:Bertob
- -
  • Vector Graphics
  • Logo Design
  • Drawing
  • Comics/Cartoons/Caricatures
  • Logo/Icon Design
  • everything else^^
- 2011-02-19
... Rob Cummings User:Equis Equis
  • Vector graphics & logo design
  • Branding & collateral design
  • Marketing
  • 3-D modeling & rendering
  • Artwork design & layout of collateral
  • Helping users on IRC

Background in architecture, but design is design!

User ChristophNoack.png Christoph Noack
  • User Experience Design
  • Interaction Design
  • Usability
Somehow everything :-)
Former UX Design Team Lead
Bedipp 2008.jpg
Design Team Lead;
Visual Design
Bernhard Dippold User:Bedipp bedipp ...
  • positive interaction with interesting people
  • combining idealism with realism
  • proving open source ideas to work in "real life"
  • Community building and support
  • Branding
  • Marketing
  • Design and Artwork
  • Teamwork

and all combinations


Luca Cappelletti
  • Interaction Design (IxD)
  • Emotional Design
  • Free/Libre software developer evangelist
Design for humans needs
... Phil Jackson User:Simplicity Instinct ... Have used a variety of Word Processors and Spreadsheets and written many software applications in many different vertical markets which has given me time to understand what works and what mostly doesn't. Writer, Calc, Impress Have researched Software Usability and written a White Paper on 12 principles that make software usability better. See LibreOffice as being a potential market leader in offering highly usable productivity suites. 2011-05-10
User IMG 5732.JPG
Jaron Kuppers
  • User Experience and Usability
  • Improving resources for academics
  • Icon design
Anything really that needs help...
even the tasks people don't like doing

- Johannes Bausch User:Joey - -
  • Photography
  • Programming
  • Advertisement Design
  • Branding
  • Logo Design
  • Icon Design
- 2011-02-17

Sabin Densmore
  • User Experience
  • User Interface
  • Interaction Models
  • Building competitive advantage through better UI/UX
  • The whole suite

... Michel Renon Michelr ... blog
  • User Experience
  • User Interface
  • Create simple, powerfull and obvious to understand software
  • strong user of Writer
  • user of Draw, Calc and Impress
  • Starting to develop LibreOffice
  • Mac user since 1986 !
  • using Free software (Firefox, OpenOffice...) since 2007 on macOS and Ubuntu
  • Software developer since my first Mac : DBMS, scientific, medical, web
  • Now working in python with OpenERP
Picture Name Wiki User Page IRC User Name Blog Topic Interest LibreOffice Interests Comments Last Update