A thought has been bouncing around in my head for a while, that I'd like to gauge interest in:
Sometimes, books (or other things that cost money, like technical standards, maybe the occasional tool) can be helpful when working on projects like FreeCAD, and sometimes we have discussions about how to distribute funds that might be donated to the FreeCAD project. I wonder if it makes sense to make a system where a person wants to donate money can do that by buying a book or whatever, for another person who might make use of it for FreeCAD?
As for mechanics - I like to keep things as simple and as transparent as possible. Maybe people who are interested in having a book (or standard, etc) could reply with what they'd like and why, then folks with money to contribute could pm a recipient to arrange an exchange of payment/shipping address/etc. Once an arrangement has been made, the recipient would edit their post to indicate that it's been taken care of.
To start off - I think that discussing UI design might be easier if the folks in those discussions shared more common vocabulary. There's a book called (in English - it's been translated to 16 languages according to Amazon) Universal Principles of Design
, which does a great job of explaining a lot of design concepts, more general than software but there is a substantial part of it that is applicable - I've found it to be handy in discussions with other engineers and designers at work. It costs about $20USD; maybe a copy of that could go to folks who have an interest in discussing or working on our UI?
Edit: Changed title to indicate this is a thread for discussion - there's now a FreeCAD Book Club
thread, for the actual exchange: