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Open source and free do not mean the same thing at all cc-by lemasney
John LeMasney interviewed by Rich Kazimir on WDVR on Open Source

Open Source Primer: John LeMasney interviewed by Rich Kazimir on ...

When you understand one thing through and through, you understand everything. cc-by lemasney 1
Hacking is the art of understanding something in a complete way, mastering it, for the sake of changing it to meet a need. Usually the result of hacking is innovations not introduced or intended in the original designs. Open source systems promote and benefit from hacking. Proprietary or closed systems make it harder to do that. Information, knowledge and recipes should be free, as in freedom.

My philosophy regarding the benefits of hacking

Losing Weight: John LeMasney after picture 2
27 questions asked by students in an interview on being a technology consultant with John LeMasney

27 questions on being a technology consultant: A high school ...

simple circuit with LED and momentary switch by lemasney
“In this talk, John LeMasney will discuss the trials, tribulations, and successes of creating and teaching classes on Arduino as programming at several New Jersey libraries across the state. Arduino is an open source hardware platform for learning about and making electronics prototypes to scratch your own itch. It is […]

NCompass Live Tech Talk: Using the Arduino to Develop Coding ...

Wrapping text around an object in Inkscape by lemasney
This video demonstrates how to use Inkscape to disguise a soup can’s label, and then to wrap text around it fairly believably. Here is the final image.

Tutorial: Wrapping text around an object using Inkscape

41 of 365 - teach a man to fish design principle by John LeMasney via
Teach a Man to Fish Give a man a fish, he eats today. Teach a man to fish, he eats forever. This rather common phrase is a core part of my philosophy in consulting. This is sort of a stretch as a design principle, and the first time in this […]

41 of 365: Teach a Man to Fish design principle
Relaunching 365sketches I think that perhaps the greatest design work I’ve ever done was for the 365 Sketches project formerly at I did it for 3 years between 2009 and 2012, with a one year break. You can see the best work from that project at the portfolio page. The […]

I’ve decided to resume 365sketches in 2014

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On Teaching Scratch Training cc-by lemasney

Teaching Scratch Training: Getting started with Block Programming

getting started graphic design
Saturday, June 15, 2013 7:30pm until 8:15pm In this session, local graphic designer and technology consultant John LeMasney will demonstrate how to get started with digital graphic design using free (open source) software, and will introduce the concepts of color choice, font choice, visual inspiration, best practices, and resources. If […]

Art All Night 2013: Master Class on Getting Started with ...

  Any of you who know me know very well that I am drinking the Goog-Aid. I believe in the company, give them the benefit of the doubt when they profess that they are not evil, and in general, agree with their business, technology, and work philosophy. Today, I thought […]

On why I use the Google Ecosphere: 10 things I ...

7 out of ten dogs infographic by lemasney
In this session, we looked at the reasons why infographics are becoming an important, highly popular way of presenting information. We showed how to find data, how to build your message, and how to put together your infographic using great, free tools. Below is the presentation for this two-hour session. […]

John LeMasney: Making Infographics (February 2013) at Princeton Public Library

I have realized that there’s something that drives me to do the things that I do, and let go of the things that I don’t. For example, I am an advocate for open source software, like the gimp and Inkscape, when the rest of my creative friends bemoan my choice […]

On the relationship between success, vision and belief