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Learn Inkscape, Draw Freely


  • Akamai has generously agreed to provide space and 'free as in food' for this meeting. Thank you to our sponsor!
  • We plan to adjourn the meeting a little earlier this month and invite anyone interested to join us for drinks at nearby Meadhall.

Meeting Description

Inkscape is a free software vector graphics editor. It competes with proprietary graphic editors such as Adobe Illustrator, which was recently moved to a forced monthly subscription model by Adobe: (

In this talk, Martin Owens, who is both a designer and Inkscape contributor, will teach us how to use Inkscape and explore its new powerful features.

Designers, artists, those interested in design, as well as IT people who work with or support designers, are all encouraged to attend.

Expect to Learn:

  • What is Inkscape
  • How to draw a logo in Inkscape
  • How to trace artwork to create a vector image
  • How to use Live Path Effects (LPE)

We will reserve plenty of time for Q&A so that your specific questions about Inkscape can be addressed.

About Our Speaker

Martin Owens ( is a programmer, artist, teacher and community leader who has contributed to many FOSS projects. He is both a user and creator of the Inkscape software.

Learn more about Martin and see some of his artwork by visiting the links below:

Learn more about Inkscape here:

Transportation & Parking

The Akamai office is a short walk from the Kendall Square T stop and other public transportation.

Metered parking is normally available near our location.

Calling All Educators

We would love to have more teachers, professors and educators both in our audience and giving talks.

  • If you know a teacher and would like to introduce him or her to free software, please invite them to a meeting.
  • If you are a teacher and would like resources for your classroom or learn more yourself, we're here to help.
  • If you would like to share your knowledge and experience by giving a talk or lightening talk, we'd love to arrange a meetup around your free software related topic.

More Events & Announcements

Sunday May 19 at MIT - Free and Open to the Public

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Wednesday, June 19 at MIT


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  • Will R.

    Per our conversation on CISPA at Wednesday's meetup, I called both the Ed Markey and Gabriel Gomez campaigns to find out about their positions on CISPA. The people I spoke with didn't know. Markey's campaign office took down my phone number and said someone would call me back. Gomez' campaign office asked me to send an email and said I should get a response. I'll let the group know what I hear.

    June 7, 2013

  • Jody S.

    I am so sorry to drop out at the last minute like this, but I seem to have aggravated an old injury today, and so I'm going to rest it tonight. :-(

    June 5, 2013

    • Will R.

      Sorry we missed you! There will be a next time though. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

      June 6, 2013

  • Will R.

    Thank you Martin for your wonderful talk! And thank you to our audience for the great questions which drove the presentation.

    June 6, 2013

  • E.R.G.

    interesting and useful look at Inkscape

    June 5, 2013

  • Chandra B.

    really great!

    June 5, 2013

  • Brendan K


    June 5, 2013

  • Chandra B.

    I play with photos and feel my drawing skills aren't the best. I'm interested in logo design.

    May 31, 2013

    • Will R.

      Keep up with the drawing Chandra. It's bound to improve and you're probably better than you think. We're looking forward to meeting you Wednesday and answering your questions as best we can.

      May 31, 2013

  • John S.

    Hi, new. Looking forward to checking this out. I use Inkscape all the time and I love it. Would be interested to hear what contributors and other have to share. :)

    May 29, 2013

    • Will R.

      Awesome! It will be great to have you in the audience. I'm looking forward to meeting all the newcomers and seeing the familiar faces too.

      May 29, 2013

  • Em S.

    +1 a minor, future graphic designer :-)

    May 21, 2013

    • Will R.

      Excellent! Kids are more than welcome to our meeting. We'd love to have more students and educators.

      May 27, 2013

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