I manage the web page the Willington Historical Society in eastern Connecticut which is where I lived up until 17 months ago. The website was a school project and is built in Dreamweaver but I will be switching it over to wordpress eventually. I also do occasional design work for them and recently they decided to update the banner for their newsletter The Hourglass. It was definitely time. I beleive the original was drawn in the late 60’s early 70’s at the time of the founding of the historical society. I had been urging them for years to update it but ….they move slow.
So imagine my surprise when they approached me last month finally ready to commit to change. Yes, even historical societies need to update on occasion. There is a difference between historic and archaic. Anyhow I have no idea what the name Hourglass has to do with the towngreen and in addition they have no idea where the name Hourglass came from in the first place. Lost in the sands of time I suppose ( see what I did there?? sands….hourglass…) Anyhow they wanted to keep the towngreen but upgrade it. I struggled with the view from the original. Its quaint and cute but it feels awkward to me and it was a P.I.T.A. to try and recreate. So scrapped it and came up with this:
Which is in fact very cute. I learned how to do shadows and everything! However it was a bit busy for the Historians. I am not sure they truly appreciated my bushes, flowerboxes and shadows. So I retrenched and gave them a more classic….less colorful design.
Needless to say this one was a hit and will be their new banner. And frankly….I like it better too. Clean and simple. What was I thinking adding in flowerboxs and shadows????
Published: November 16, 2015