Crafting Elegant User Experiences Involving Complex Storage Technologies


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Let's talk about how to improve user experiences involving file and storage systems.


How do you create an elegant user experience that involves a complex storage system underneath? There are lessons to be learned from efforts to do so on two recent FLOSS projects: the Fedora installer’s storage selection interface, and GNOME’s disk utility Palimpsest. We would like to highlight some of the challenges faced in creating great user experiences with these interfaces and also discuss the implications of user experience for further improvement in storage-related development.


file systems, ux, ixd, user experience, usability, storage system


  • Máirín Duffy

    Red Hat, Inc.


    Máirín is a senior interaction designer at Red Hat. Her position combines her deep belief in the inevitability of free & open source software & content and her passion for helping to make computers not just easier, but delightful for people to use. As the team lead of the Fedora design team, she’s helped establish an open and community-centric process for design work within the Fedora Linux-based operating system. Máirín graduated with an M.S. in Human Computer Interaction from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2004, and she lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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