While we at Ura Design have made it our mission to help open source projects, we lack the manpower to cater to the many design needs the open source ecosystem requires nowadays. However, with Open Source Design as the umbrella community and other groups doing great design work with and for Free Open Source Software, we have a solid foundation to change the notion of open source design by creating tools empowering open source design instead of pushing out designs ourselves for the upcoming years. We like to think that we need to make ourselves replaceable. Quoting our good friend TIND here:
“Art will survive. Artists won’t.”
Enter Identihub, open source and self-hosted software to manage and share your brand and visual assets in a single place, fully under your control. No need to build your style guide from scratch manually. Just feed Identihub the specs and it does the rest for you.
For DesignersAs designers, we often struggle to effectively share assets and logos with fellow non-designers. We often end up having a bunch of files in a zip on some email or file-sharing service in different formats and resolution. While giving some extra headache to the receiver, we also end up losing time exporting and readjusting.
With Identihub you can just upload your SVG’s and corresponding PNG’s and embed links are automatically generated for you. With embed links you can update your assets centrally on Identihub once, and it gets updated everywhere you used it. More features like replacing color swatches, exporting projects and linking to your personal cloud will be added soon thanks to your support.
For Everyone elseHaving to rely on a designer to do small adjustments for you is annoying, so Identihub will automate all these tasks for you, actually quicker than manually updating an asset with graphics software. With clear divided sections and categories you will instantly know what asset to use where without much confusion.
PatreonWhile we have been running this Patreon in the past months to help fund our time help open source projects, we think that we reached a point where it would be even more worthwhile to build software which helps open source projects. While this is a rather significant change regarding the focus of this Patreon, we put in extra hours for pro-bono work and some financial investment in the past anyway, and will continue to do so since it’s in now part of the DNA of what we are doing. As part of this, we also have updated rewards to reflect these changes.
FAQQ: I haven’t received my reward(s). When will I get it?
A: Sorry to hear! Please shoot us an email on [email protected] and we will try to get your fix. Work has been overwhelming for us in the past year and funds often were not enough to cover costs.
Q: What happens to my existing pledges to the old Patreon?
A: The little additional funds helped us fund some extra time for helping Open Source projects, but it was not a gamechanger. We are continuing helping projects with pro-bono design work on a case-by-case basis and think that Identihub needs more love now. We had a good run for 1.5 years, it's time to go on a new adventure.
Q: What happens to my pledges for Identihub?
A: Patreon funds pay for development costs for Identihub, mostly the time of developers actively working on it. The more funds we receive, the more time we can dedicate to work on Identihub while reducing paying out of our own pockets.
Q: Any alternatives I can donate apart Patreon?
A:Sure, we have a PayPal.me address and accept also Bitcoin and Ethereum.
Q: Are you affiliated with the Open Source Design community?
A:Yes! We are proud to be part of the broader Open Source Design community! We collaborate with various designers and developers advancing design in open source in various ways. We are present at conferences such as Open Source Design Summit, FOSDEM and Chaos Communication Congress.
Q: You are not a non-profit but a for-profit company! Why should I pledge to you?
A: That’s a valid concern. Unlike other similar software solutions out there, Identihub is completely Free and Open Source Software licensed under the AGPLv3. So your funds are used to fund publicly available software. On top of that, we don’t plan to give out equity to potential investors at this point, so turning to the community is one way we could bootstrap our development process. Right now, development funds are coming from our own pockets.