It all began in early July when I discovered an amazingly talented freelance graphic designer on Pinterest named Brian Steely. So I e-mailed him and asked if he’d be interested in a small project to design a family logo for us. He said yes. So we brainstormed, and Derek came up with an idea:
… some sort of campfire. A campfire is made during an outdoor adventure— it’s a place where adventurers come together, share stories, make plans, rest, and prepare themselves for the adventures ahead. The act of building and maintaining a campfire is also a very communal activity— gathering wood, building the fire, and tending the flames. Finally, a campfire really only happens out away from the comforts of home— those who share a campfire are sharing in a commitment to venture into the unknown in some significant way.
I knew he’d hit upon the perfect image. So I shared this vague concept and some info about our family with Brian and he e-mailed me his first version (posted here). We gave our feedback and on his second try (posted here), Brian just absolutely nailed the design with a circular badge rich with symbolism.
We got the logo files yesterday. Over the weekend, I found an absolutely highly-recommended Montreal vinyl T-shirt printing service— Black Alien run out of Mohammed’s apartment on Sherbrooke. We got to bring in our own T-shirts, so the girls have sizes that fit them perfectly and I have a maternity top! Mohammed provided same-day service on a small batch order and produced really fantastic T-shirts for our trip next week. Here we are in our travel adventure outfits for the trans-Pacific flight (we can do!).
The girls love the design SO much. Sonya’s giving it a big hug on the grass. This summer, on a family walk, she came up with our motto: “We can do.” And she feels a sense of pride and ownership over the design. But of course, credit goes to Brian for his amazing talent, creativity, and workmanship! It was such a pleasure to work with him! So happy with this amazing design!