We’re taking a break from Biology today for a brief History lesson!
Last year I was commissioned to design the logo for the Society for Invertebrate Pathology’s 2015 conference. Since they meet in a different city each year, they wanted the logo to showcase this year’s location: Vancouver
If you have ever visited the City of Glass, it’s hard to miss the rugged North Shore mountains or the Indigenous Canadian art throughout the streets and parks. To me, these are the elements that really set Vancouver apart from other cities, and were my inspiration for the design. The totem pole is based on one of the nine found in Vancouver’s Stanley Park, each telling a story through the characters they depict. I chose the Kakaso’Las Totem Pole for the energy captured in the eagle’s raised wings. It was carved by Ellen Neel (Kwakwaka’wakw Nation) and her uncle Mungo Martin. At the totem’s base, a plaque reads:
“PEOPLE COME FROM FAR AWAY TO SEEK HER ADVICE”
I was given a pair of the T-shirts printed for the conference, and because I can’t resist the opportunity for a Doppelganger photo…
It’s almost surreal to hold one of my digital creations in my hands. And to top it off, I just heard that my Charles Darwin design won its T-shirt competition! They’re being sold through the biology department at Simon Fraser University. However, I am working to de-SFU the design, and then I’ll see about uploading it to a few T-shirt websites that will give me commission.
I’m moving back to the Burnaby this weekend, but I hope to post again soon!