Well, a timely email from Thorwil has resulted in an evaluation as to how I was going to go about my next series of posts.
I fully expect no one to really care about the proceeding discussions, but I am quite interested in the opinions of anyone who frequents this blog -- this is entirely about you people. I value each and every returning visitor, and as such, I'd love to hear your comments before I offer up my opinions on the matter.
Although the question appears simple, it will yield diverse opinions. It could even result in a flame war. It would be spectacular if there is some discussion in earnest on the subject.
What I am seeking is a simple answer to "Who do you think Ubuntu's audience should be for the default presentation?"
Bear in mind that this offers up many more questions than purely artistic and aesthetic. The answer will have far reaching implications ranging from audience usability to potentially overarching design patterns for applications.
While we would like to think that our Free Software culture is politically correct we suffer from many biases. We are gender biased (Where is the parity of women to men ratios?), Western computing biased (The bulk of computing comes from the two forces out of the West -- thanks again to Apple and Microsoft!), language biased (How do you fit top to bottom languages into a GTK button easily? Why does our icon architecture insist on a single metaphor for all cultures while translations have individual targets?), we are needs biased (How does someone with complete motor impairment fix a bug that prevents them from booting?), probably culturally biased (This is an assumption, but I'd say it is a relatively safe one.), and perhaps the worst bias of all - the one we aren't immediately aware of.
That said, the core of design comes down to audience, and with that, our ability to garner massive numbers is critically dependent upon our ability to deliver the goods to a diverse number of audiences.
Pick an audience. Is it an age range? Why? Which culture? Why? What technical aptitude? What general mindset regarding technological direction? How can we more swiftly make developing Free Software remixes for audiences more effective? Give me some reasoning. Give me your visceral thoughts. Give me anything that you feel is relevant.
I'm looking forward to your opinions. I fear there won't be many, but our Free Software culture never ceases to amaze me.
Thanks again for reading. Even more thanks for commenting. I am but the sum of your clicks, and hopefully, keypresses.