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Designing Fedora Badges @ Flock 2017

Exciting news: I will be attending Flock 2017 in Hyannis, MA, this year! I will be holding a Fedora Badges Do Session with Masha Leonova. The session will be held on the first day of the conference, Tuesday, August 29th, at 1:30PM in 4-Centerville A + B.

We will be starting from the top: a short overview, then making sure everyone has Inkscape installed and ready to go, downloading Badges design resources, setting them up, and testing everything to get ready to design. The process for designing Fedora Badges has changed slightly as we welcomed a transition to Pagure earlier this year. Now we have easy uploading for files, and tags – all in a shiny new format!

Next we will go step by step through the process of designing a Fedora Badge. We will highlight and detail important points such as research, creating your designs to follow Badge aesthetics, and exporting your final PNG at the correct size. Then we will get to work actually designing. Masha, myself and any other experienced badge artists attending will help you through every step of the process, all the way from picking an issue to uploading the final artwork. Come have fun learning, using your creative side and of course – earn the Badger Padawn badge!

A side note for interested developers: There are a lot of artwork approved badges ready to be pushed to the website. Although we will not be specifically instructing on creating yaml files for awarding badges, I would love to host any developers during this session who want to help out or jump in so we can get these pushed. For all the weathered Fedora Badge developers, it would be great for you to revisit some of the issues so we can update the status. Are they now possible/will never be possible? Let us know, so we can make some art or close some issues!

My excitement to see my Fedora friends, to learn, and to put in focused work on Fedora Badges is growing as we get closer to the date. Looking forward to seeing you all soon 🙂

Relevant links/resources for the Designing Fedora Badges session:

Fedora Badges

Fedora Badges on Pagure

Fedora Badges Resources

Fedora Badges Tutorial Blog Post by Masha Leonova


FLOCK 2016: Thoughts & Results

FLOCK this year rocked! It was my third time attending, and I had an amazing time learning, teaching and talking about different parts of Fedora. I want to thank the organizers, who did an great job making everything run smoothly. The scheduling of the talks seemed very well planned and the evening events were a lot of fun. I especially enjoyed the walking tour, as our tour guide, Chris, was very engaging and taught us many interesting facts about Kraków.

The Fedora Badges Workshop that I ran with mleonova went off pretty much perfectly! We had about 8-10 attendees which is a fair number as we were competing with some other interesting workshops. Most people were complete newbies to Inkscape and none had created a Fedora Badge design before. We set everyone up with Inkscape and the Fedora Badges Design Resources and then ran through our tutorial of the Badge design process. After that we helped attendees find tickets they liked and everyone jumped into Inkscape to create!

This workshop has been run at least 5 times I believe, and this event was the most successful, imo. We had three designs get to the approved stage, although some will require more work because they will become a series. For those the bulk of the work has been done, and numbers or letting will need to be added. Michalrud designed the Bit from the Core badge which you can earn by helping to reduce the size of the Fedora Cloud image. This voting badge artwork was created by msuchy. And this badge for proposing changes to package guidelines was created by bascht, a completely new contributor to Fedora! Other attendees began the design process, and are still in the revision phase. For example this badge for the Security Team has been started by piratecat.

During the last week, we have had a lot of activity from our more experienced badge contributors, including myself. I have submitted artwork for two badges; the second badge in the Anitya series and this badge for contributing to a Fedora Infrastructure App. Churchyard stopped by the workshop to get some help finishing up the 3D Printing SIG badge he has been working on, which is now approved. This badge for being a moderator in IRC was created by tatica and is now approved. I have also been helping maryshak1996 with several different badge designs that should be approved shortly.

I spent some time going through the ticket queue, updating concepts, reviewing badge artwork and mentoring badge designers. I sent out an email to the Fedora Badges mailing list looking for input on a monthly meeting. Our queue is *still* quite large(and as usual I heard plenty of ideas for new badges at Flock), our resources need updating, and some badges that have been pushed need to be resized or tweaked. I would also like to establish a way for other teams in Fedora to communicate with the Badges team so that we can help to enable other initiatives and push work in certain areas. Fedora Badges have been proven to increase productivity in the areas they reward and with more communication I believe we can make a solid and direct impact.

Between all of this work on Badges I attended different talks and workshops. On the first day I found Matthew Millers State of Fedora presentation to be very interesting, as well as Paul Frields talk on Fedora Magazine. The second day I really enjoyed the keynote presentation on Akademia Programowania given by Radoslaw Krowiak. I found his practice of letting his students approach their challenges from different and individualistic ways inspiring. I also attended Amita Sharma‘s talk on Women in Open Source.

Amita Sharma asked me to join the Diversity Panel on Building an Inclusive Community. I found this panel to be good, but not as productive as we had planned. The hope was to come up with solid methods to bring more diversity into Fedora. To be completely honest, it was hard to speak up because many people had pressing opinions to bring to the table. I am glad this topic is getting exposure, because before change can occur, people need to become aware. After the talk I spent the next hour talking to different people about diversity. What they thought would help, how they thought we might approach solving it and why we may deal with diversity issues to begin with.

The Design Clinic this year had low attendance, as compared to last year where we had plenty of drop ins. I wonder if this is because the Fedora Design Team has been keeping up on our ticket queue very effectively over the last year. I also sat in on Sirko Kemter‘s 101 – Poster and Infographic Design which was a fun and informative session for those unfamiliar with design. They created their own posters for a fake FLOCK dance event.

Overall, I had an amazing time at FLOCK this year and I am extremely pleased with the work put into Fedora Badges. I hope that the new badge contributors will be inspired to continue working on designs! Here’s to a year filled with hard work on Fedora and I hope to see you all at FLOCK 2017.


FLOCK 2016! Learn How to Get Involved in Creating Fedora Badge Designs

Another year, another wonderful FLOCK! Thanks to everyone who put in the hard work to make this event a success. The first day and a half have been informative and fun, learning about what everyone in Fedora is up to, catching up with new and old friends and seeing some of beautiful Kraków. Just before I made my way here to Poland, I met up with the Fedora Design Team in Boston, MA, for a FAD. We tried out a new event for our team that was free to the public, an Inkscape and Fedora Badges Bootcamp, with success! So riding on the tail end of that I am excited to be here with the rest of the Fedora family and to continue working on Fedora Badges and getting people involved.

I will be holding a Fedora Badges Workshop this year at FLOCK with Mariia Leonova on Thursday at 1:30PM in the OpenQA room. I encourage everyone who is interested in the designs of Fedora Badges to attend. This is a chance for you to learn the process of designing a badge, from setting up the tools you will need(typeface & palettes) to the final step of getting approval on your design. You can choose one of our preselected “newbie” tickets, and with the help of a few seasoned Fedora Badge designers begin to design a badge. This is a great chance to jump into Inkscape, as we will help you navigate the program and learn by doing. No need to have super artistic skills, as a lot of badges can be created by mashing up previous designs and artwork.

I look forward to seeing any and all of you at the workshop, and I hope you all enjoy the rest of FLOCK this year.


Posted below are relevant links for the Fedora Badges Workshop, please feel free to download Inkscape, Fedora Badges Resources and make yourself acquainted with these tickets in our queue.

Inkscape Download: https://inkscape.org/en/download/

Fedora Badges: https://badges.fedoraproject.org/

Fedora Badges Trac: https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/

Fedora Badges Design Resources Zip: https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/attachment/wiki/DesignResources/FedoraBadgesResources.zip

Fedora Badges Workshop Slides: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0ByBG24rp7qbUeHVHUHZWcW5HSkk&usp=sharing

Fedora Badges Newbie Tickets:


























Flock 2015: Fedora Badges Workshop

Wow! I can’t believe it has been a year since Flock 2014. It has been exciting to learn new things and see so many familiar faces.

This year I will be holding a workshop on designing Fedora Badges. My workshop will be held in Room 4 at 3PM today. I invite anyone who is interested in Fedora Badges to attend my workshop, or look out for a link to a video in the near future. I will be going over the basics of how to design a Fedora Badge. For example I will outline where to find resources, how to pick out tickets and proper badge work flow for Inkscape. If you are curious about designing badges or badges in general, this is a great time to learn how to get involved and and this workshop is appropriate for all design skill levels. I believe the current badges developer, Ralph Bean, will be in attendance as well. If you would like to download the slides for my presentation you can find them here on the Flock Sched.

If you want to learn more about Inkscape, GIMP and the Fedora Design Team, try to make it to one of the design sessions. We are a very friendly group!

I am looking forward to having a fun and productive Fedora Badges Workshop. Get well on your way to earning an apprentice badge artist badge 😀

OPW: Fedora Badges Internship Summary

Looking back I almost can’t believe how much has gotten done and how fast the the last three months went. It has been a pleasure to be an Outreach Program for Women and Fedora Badges Intern. Here is a comprehensive list of everything I accomplished with the help of my mentors Mizmo, Threebean, RyanLerch and all of the other awesome mentors in the Fedora Community.  Enjoy!

I designed over 70 badges for the Fedora Badges website, many of which were original concepts. I helped review and edit other contributors badge designs. I researched, developed and designed the Fedora Badges Style Guide from scratch. I also created a page on the Fedora Badges wiki for Design Resources. Available on the Design Resources page is the Fedora Badges Style Guide, Fedora Badges Templates, Fedora Color Palette(Selection), Fedora Badges Extended Color Palette, Content(backgrounds, pandas, badgers & graphics) and a Fedora Badges Poster all designed or compiled by myself.

Design Resources Page
Fedora Badges Style Guide
Fedora Badges Poster

Community Badge Template
Content/Learning Badge Template
Development Badge Template
Events Badge Template
Quality Badge Template
Miscellaneous Badge Template

Badge Graphics:
Panda Graphics
Badger Graphics
Background Graphics
Badge Graphics

Fedora Color Palette(Selection)
Fedora Badges Extended Color Palette

Live Fedora Badges:
1. Egg
2. Embryo
3. Tadpole
4. Tadpole with legs
5. Froglet
6. Adult Frog

7. Junior Package Tagger
8. Package Tagger
9. Senior Package Tagger
10. Master Package Tagger
11. Grandmaster Package Tagger

12. Copr Build I
13. Copr Build II
14. Copr Build III
15. Copr Build IV
16. Copr Build V
17. Copr Build VI

18. Beat Writer I
19. Beat Writer II
20. Beat Writer III
21. Beat Write IV

22. Badge Off!

23. No Longer a Ronin

24. Override, you say?

25. You can pry it from my cold undead hands

26. Apex

27. Fedora.cz Author

28. Sensei

29. Flock 2013 Speaker

30. It still works!

31. Free the Fedora

32. Flock Paparazzi

33. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

34. DevConf Attendee 2014
35. DevConf Speaker 2014

36. Extra! Extra!

37. Town Hall Moderator

38. Civic Duty

39. Badge of Doom

40. Your call may be monitored for quality assurance

41. Taming the beasts

42. Vacation

43. Helping Hand

44. Rock the web!

45. Novice Wordsmith
46. Apprentice Wordsmith
47. Journeyman Wordsmith
48. Master Wordsmith
49. Wordstorm Wordsmith

50. Let’s Do Lunch!

51. Missed the Train

52. Let’s Have a Party!

53. What Goes Around Comes Around I
54. What Goes Around Comes Around II
55. What Goes Around Comes Around III
56. What Goes Around Comes Around IV

57. Summer Coder

58. Ambassadors Sponsor

59. Consolation Prize

60. Stop that update!

61. FOSDEM Attendee 2014

62. FAmSCo Member

63. Fedora Treasurer

64. Take this and call me in the morning

65. Crypto Badger

66. We Can Do It!

67. FAD Rheinfelden 2013

68. The Last Argument of Kings

69. Don’t call it a comeback

Approved Fedora Badge artwork that is not yet live:
70-74. https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/55

75. https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/213

Fedora Badges Design Resources


Fedora Badges
Poster by riecatnor
March, 2014

I am excited and proud to present the Fedora Badges Design Resources page on the Fedora Badges trac wiki. Here you can find the Fedora Badges style guide, templates, content, palettes and the  Fedora Badges poster shown above.

I have put a lot of effort into making this page a conclusive and thorough resource for ALL people to create badge artwork, not just graphic designers. I know there are those of you out there who may believe they are not “artistic” enough to design badges, but I am here to tell you different. In theory, there is enough content available that you can cut and paste different parts to make your own badge designs and you will not have to draw anything (but you can!). I have provided everything from templates down to detailed instructions on things like the numerical value of the stroke you should use or how to categorize your badge. The Design Resources page even has a file full of backgrounds. If you would like to get involved in designing badges be sure to visit #fedora-design (irc.freenode.net) and ask those lovely folks for help!

Today is my last official day as an Outreach Program for Women & Fedora Badges Intern, and a bittersweet day it is. If you remember my first blog post, you will be happy to know that I have completed everything that I set out to do.  I could not be more thrilled with the outcome of my internship, but I have to admit I am sad that it is over! I had a really fun time illustrating full time and I met awesome people who were constantly a positive force in my work. I have also gained new valuable skills/experience such as: a better understanding of how to get involved in FOSS projects, designing a style guide from scratch, navigating an online wiki/trac system, and successfully working remotely. Even though I have used Inkscape for years before this internship, I have also gained a considerable amount of ease navigating the program and its shortcuts.

Lastly, but for me possibly most importantly, the chance to almost exclusively illustrate for the past three months has seriously leveled up my artistic skills all around. Working with vectors so intensely has helped further develop a certain perspective of how I see the world and mark it down, whether it be in Inkscape or with a pencil and paper. I have seen improvement in all my personal artistic endeavors (and therefore myself) and that is a very rewarding feeling.