Yet another benefit of having your content ready in advance, but it has its own downside too: with the beta delayed again and again I had to sit on this piece a couple weeks more than expected.
NASA mission styled badges with Inkscape
This time I have to start by giving credit where credit is due, since all the "NASA mission badges" concept, including the STS-98 reference, is shamelessly stolen from Zoltan (I hope I didn't gave away any of its ongoing projects).
So if I celebrated the Fedora 13 Alpha release with an Inkscape rocket drawing tutorial, I have to do something for Beta too (Beta is supposed to be bigger than Alpha) and after stealing the idea, making a Fedora themed badge in the NASA mission style seemed an obvious choice. Sure, you are not forced to use the same theme but use the instructions creatively. For me, I am aiming for something like this:
So a badge is usually round, let's start by drawing a circle (keep the Ctrl key pressed to preserve the aspect ratio):
Make sure it has no stroke and apply any fill color you like (going with the Fedora theme I used Fedora's dark blue):
Now we need a circled text, we will need a guide for that, so create another smaller circle (leave it in a contrasting color so is easy to work with each element):
Select the two circles and using the Align and Distribute dialog center them vertically and horizontally relative to the biggest object (the first circle):