Thursday, April 21, 2011

Historical Society Concepts




Good Morrow To You Sirs/Madams!

I was commissioned recently to work up some concepts for the Latah County Historical Society. This year is the 125th anniversary of the McConnell Mansion (built in 1886), the flagship exhibit of the organization. It's a super cool Victorian-style house built by William McConnell, a prosperous merchant and early governor of Idaho.

I was asked to re-imagine the current logo (an oil lamp) for the anniversary. I was also asked to come up with a few ideas for a banner with the same purpose. After doing some research, I learned that along with the McConnell mansion being built in 1886, The Statue of Liberty was also dedicated and coke first began being sold in stores. This was the genesis of one of the concepts. The other 2 banner concepts are relatively straightforward.

This project has been so much fun to work on. For starters, a subject with this much history behind it (in the U.S., 125 years is a long time) means the possible inclusion of any element of that history into the design scheme. The process is also an intense amount of fun, particularly if it's challenging. I start with research, think about the subject (what it means and the intent of the project), generate as many ideas as I can, narrow those down, generate more ideas, narrow those down, etc. When all is said and done, I pick the concepts I think are the most successful and meet the largest number of requirements and I turn those concepts into illustrations to show the client. If I'm lucky, one of those will be accepted.

If that sounds like a lot of work, you're right. But when the work is exciting I tend not to notice the hard work. I'll post the banner concepts first, then the logo designs.

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