MonthAugust 2015

Entering the County Fair

Our local county fair was held recently. I’ve been trying to make sure I enter something because it means 1) I’m doing something creative at home and 2) I’m finishing projects. It’s fun to share them with the world every now and then. 🙂


This year I didn’t have much to share in the knitting department. I haven’t finished much, but I have been knitting! I did have this cowl hanging around that was almost done. It just needed buttons. I found these great huge red buttons that were exactly what I was picturing in my mind for finishing it. The buttons are roughly the same size, but vary in design and shade of red. It really pops on the black wool cowl.


I also entered a photograph this year. The photography entries for the fair rarely place because there are so many entered, but I had this great photo and thought I’d give it a try. We were given the InsectLore butterfly habitat as a gift. You get caterpillars in the mail and watch them become butterflies. This photograph was from the day we released them. They were hanging out on my daisies in my flowerbed before they flew away. The whole experience was really amazing to watch. We’ll definitely do it again! And, I took a ton of photos!

This year, I also had my son enter in the Lego category. What a great option for kids, huh!

My designer takeaway: Get a little public recognition every now and then. It’s good for the soul. (And it can even be as small scale as the county fair.)

The 125th Celebration Identity Package

At work, my department usually gets handed the unusual, one-time projects or events for the state government that don’t seem to have a natural landing place. One of those just happened, the state of Wyoming celebrated it’s 125th anniversary of statehood. It was a whirlwind event that turned out great. Here are visuals I created for this event based on a tourism sticker celebrating the 125th anniversary. (I didn’t create the sticker. It was selected by the 125th committee to serve as the event “logo”.)


As far as the eye-catching quality, it’s hard to miss the yellow and black combination! I pulled colors from the logo/sticker. Color is mostly what I used to grab attention.

I mixed in a little of our traditional western fonts for that “Wyoming” feel. Overall, I kept the design really simple and tried to ensure the basic/essential information was the star of the show. There wasn’t a lot of time to ponder options on this project. The first meeting I went to I brought two flyer options. Instead of saying which option they preferred, the committee asked how soon they could have it.


Initially, we didn’t have all the activities nailed down, but we wanted to start promoting the event. I created some simple icons to illustrate the activities for the event, trying to keep them similar to the style of the logo/sticker.

We hit just about every media outlet we could. I assisted with printed newspaper ads, banners around town and created and maintained a Facebook page for the event.

For the event itself, we created a lot of signage. Here is a sample.

My designer takeaway: The pace of this event planning was fast. What I learned was “go now, and don’t overthink it.”

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