Episode 25

Lozana Rossenova on the intersection of design research, open source communities and GLAMs


March 29th, 2022

37 mins 57 secs

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Lozana Rossenova


Eriol Fox | Django Skorupa | Memo Esparza

Show Notes

Hello and welcome to Sustain Open Source Design! The podcast where we talk about sustaining open source with design. Learn how we, as designers, interface with open source in a sustainable way, how we integrate into different communities, and how we as coders, work with other designers. Today, we have a fantastic guest joining us, Lozana Rossenova, who is a digital designer and researcher, as well as an Associate Researcher at the Open Science Lab. Lozana takes on her journey through her background in digital design, her role at the Open Science Lab and Wikibase. Since she’s a designer as well as a researcher, she shares some great examples of how she navigated through these roles within the projects she was a part of. Lozana details the importance of advocating to other designers, why a more holistic approach to design education is important, and how we need to push institutions to get involved with their users. Go ahead and download this episode to find out much more!

[00:02:30] Lozana tells us her background, what she’s researching, and the work she’s doing.

[00:04:12] Since Lozana is involved in a lot of different organizations and initiatives, she explains how she balances it all.

[00:07:20] We hear some examples of situations Lozana finds herself in as a designer/researcher.

[00:12:15] How does Lozana go about advocating for design, better design, and design best practices?

[00:18:32] Memo wonders how we should leap forward with how we look at designers and if there should be more focus on education.

[00:25:52] Lozana explains how we can make the work visible that institutions do through open source.

[00:36:05] Find out where you can follow Lozana and her work online.


[00:19:57] “Detail orientation and design and really focusing on information and structuring information is what guides my activities.”

[00:20:23] “Community management is where I see the next level of combining design for open source and project management.”

[00:22:36] “We can’t be completely stuck in our detail level orientation of beautiful layouts.”

[00:23:41] “My trifecta is change on the level of design, change on the level of education, but also change how institutions work.”

[00:27:00] “Publishing makes a difference, even if no one reads it.”

[00:29:30] “Corporations can learn from institutions.”


  • [00:30:48] Memo’s spotlight is a project called Jamstack.
  • [00:31:18] Eriol’s spotlight is a tool called pose-search.
  • [00:32:12] Django’s spotlight is the Open Work in Academia Summit.
  • [00:33:13] Lozano’s spotlights are OpenRefine, Webrecorder, and SUCHO.