How can I proceed to create the Stack Overflow logo in Inkscape?

Orange rectangles falling out of three sides of a rectangle

I have tried the following, but how can I rotate the orange rectangles?

The logo but the "stack" isn't tilted

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    Hi. Welcome to GDSE. I'm not the down voter. People often downvote questions when they feel a question shows no research or effort. To avoid this you should at least mention what you have tried or what has failed. Thanks.
    – Billy Kerr
    Dec 25, 2021 at 10:55
  • @BillyKerr: Hi, thank you. I am a total noob to inkscape, and have no idea to get started to replicate that. I am just curious to see if that's possible in Inkscape.
    – Amazigh_05
    Dec 25, 2021 at 11:12
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    I down voted. Insulting down voters is certainly not going to make me wary of downvoting poor questions in the future. This question shows zero effort or research. If you don't want to garner my down vote.. then at least explain what you have tried and where you are having difficulty. Have you tried merely drawing a series of rectangles in Inkscape? Tried rotating things? What possible benefit is there in recreating a logo which is not yours and is already freely available in vector form? What aspects of this logo are you struggling to create?
    – Scott
    Dec 25, 2021 at 11:16
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    If you know nothing about Inkscape it would honestly probably be more productive to follow some basic tutorials first There are lots on youtube. A good channel is Logos by Nick.
    – Billy Kerr
    Dec 25, 2021 at 11:19
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    Down voting does not require commenting.. the down vote itself is the comment. ... And "insecure" certainly rings of an insult. FYI.. the simple edit you've made, makes this no longer worthy of my down vote. See how easy that was? :)
    – Scott
    Dec 25, 2021 at 11:22

1 Answer 1


Delete all your orange rectangles except the bottom one.

  1. With the Select Objects tool S Click once on the orange rectangle to see the object handles, then click a second time to show the rotation handles.

  2. Click and drag the Rotation centre off to the right. Note: you can hold down Ctrl as you drag it to constrain the move horizontally.

  3. Press Ctrl+D to duplicate the orange rectangle

  4. While holding down Ctrl, click and drag the rotation handle to rotate at 15 degree increments.

Repeat steps 3 and 4 until complete.


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In your example I also notice the grey box is a little wonky.

An easier way to make that would be to instead draw a rectangle with a thick stroke and no fill. Convert to paths using Path > Object to Path. With the Select by Nodes tool N, select the top segment and hit the Delete Segment button in the Controls along the top

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  • Still wrong... its "center" - silly Europeans :) Merry Holiday thing!
    – Scott
    Dec 25, 2021 at 11:48
  • @Scott - I wish I was a "European". Sadly no more since the Brexit disaster thing. But yeah, Season's Greetings to you an yours!,
    – Billy Kerr
    Dec 25, 2021 at 11:53
  • @Scott well if we use word "pivot" then it is less ambigious and no less correct. Also it is more natural to talk of moving a pivot point.
    – joojaa
    Dec 25, 2021 at 12:06
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    @joojaa - anyway, wondering why I am here on Christmas day, when I should be preparing dinner! Merry Christmas, Seasons' Greetings, Happy Yuletide or whatever, and don't catch any diseases anyone!
    – Billy Kerr
    Dec 25, 2021 at 12:11
  • @Scott: now that my question got 10 upvotes, I want to be a moderator, and I want all the credit without any blame.
    – Amazigh_05
    Dec 26, 2021 at 19:20

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