Eriol Fox

Senior Product Manager & Designer * they/them

Eriol Fox

Eriol is a ‘generalist’ senior designer with 10+ years of experience in design, technology and human rights and has been leading projects and teams for the last 5. Their bachelor’s degree was in Time-based media, where they explored the nature of communicating digitally, personal information exchange and vulnerability in the early 2000s. They then pivoted into a design career while doing volunteer community work in Cardiff UK across Environmental, Education, Asylum Seeker and Arts issues and gained their masters in Visual Communication at the University of South Wales. Eriol has worked in insurance, finance, legal, housing and family tech sectors before moving into the open-source and human rights as a designer. They are most happy when working as part of a team of designers, developers and product folks with a focus on collaboration and cross-function conversation and appreciation.

They are passionate about intersectional inclusion and actively works to make tech and design more inclusive through their talk ‘Diversity in Design’ and also ensuring design is ’trauma informed’ through their talk ‘UX research and Ethnographic design for humanitarian technology’. Eriol is also part of a number of communities including Open Source DesignSustain OSS Design & UX Working group and their local Pride festival committee.

Eriol is currently studying part-time for a PhD in Computer Science at Newcastle University’s Open Lab the research is funded by Northern Bridge and is around how designers get involved in humanitarian focused open source software projects.

To schedule a coaching session with Eriol Fox please send an email to [email protected].

eriol's recent work

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Feira 2023: Reflecting, Reconnecting, and Revitalizing

In September 2023, we were able to participate in Feira, the Global Gathering, a festival for digital rights defenders, convened by Team Community. The Feira was a three day social and networking festival hosted in Estoril, Portugal on September 15 - 17, 2023. The event, designed, modeled and named for the concept of a community market, was created to provide digital rights defenders with a space to connect with others in the digital rights community for informal meetups, discussions, and joy — particularly as this was the first time gathering in-person for most participants since before the start of the COVID19 pandemic.
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Open Design Workshop at COSCUP 2023: Understanding Internet Shutdowns and How Design Can Improve Tools

At COSCUP 2023, we held a workshop "The Design We Open - Network Disruption Hackathon" (The Design We Open Workshop - 網路中斷黑客松), a workshop focused on how we, as designers and configurers of technology for human rights needs can better understand Taiwanese citizens' understanding and experiences of internet shutdowns, and what is important in a partial or full internet shutdown.
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Six Key Tenets for Open Source Designers

Being a designer in Open Source (OS) isn’t always easy or straightforward, neither is it the same for all designers. Different open source projects are set up differently, hence demand different outputs and engagements from designers. In this blog, we list the six main tenets for a successful design contribution to OS projects.