Preparing for Fedora's SXSW Debut

Fedora is going to have a booth at the South-by-Southwest (SXSW) music, film, and interactive conference expo in Austin, TX in just a little over a couple of weeks now. Why are we going? Well, our plan is on the Fedora wiki, but my main goal in attending is to promote free software to all of the designers (and developers, too!) that will be attending for the interactive conference, and hopefully even drum up in them some interest in getting involved themselves and help them get started. We do not have enough designers in the free software community, and I believe we desperately need them. Are we going to find them at the Linux and free software-centric conferences we attend every year? Unless they’re already a member of our community – no, probably not. Are we going to find them at SXSW? I believe so – a show like SXSW is a far more natural habitat for the folks we need! So this is a little pilot foray into seeking out a certain skillset we need, on their turf! We’ll see how it goes. In preparation, myself and Emily have been spending a lot quality time with Inkscape and Scribus …

Using Inkscape to Create Patch Artwork

My friend Shannon is involved in a Cub Scout pack and had asked me a while back if I had any interest in designing cub scout patches for their upcoming pinewood derby event (he is the event master) using Inkscape. I am always up for seeing what cool things can be made with Inkscape; Shannon and I have tested out Inkscape in other off-work projects including the jar labels for his honey business, Hughes Honey. (I especially like working on these side-projects with Shannon because he pays me in delicious honey 😉 ) I had some free time so I agreed to do it. Here’s what we came up with, using the Cub Scouts’ official blue & gold colors, the troop number, and of course an OFL-licensed font (Chunk Five)… I created a new document in Inkscape that was 3″ x 3″, created a circle using the ellipse tool and centered it within the document using the Align & Distribute tool, and kept layering artwork into it. I got the artwork for the flags and the fleur de lis from Open Clip Art, and I drew the derby car using pinewood derby car photo references I found via search. I …