This past weekend, I get to help release a logo that I designed for the governor of the Illinois District of Optimist International. This is the second time I’ve done it, and I was able to deliver a logo that the governor was happy with that helped represent his theme.
His career as a truck driver is important to him, and the image tied in with his theme of “Transforming Optimism.” He wants to help all Optimist Clubs in Illinois take their membership to the next level, helping us transform into the best versions of ourselves and the best versions of our clubs.
Even though this is the second logo I’ve designed for the Illinois District, this is the first time my design has been turned into a pin. Since I was 11 years old, I’ve been collecting Optimist pins while I tagged along with my parents to conventions, and I always wanted to make pins that kids like me (and adults) will be trading. A few years ago, when I designed the logo for my father’s year as governor, he opted to make a small patch instead.
It was still awesome to see my design come to life in a real way, especially since I’m used to only seeing my designs in newsprint or on the Internet, but nothing excited my boyhood dreams like finally getting a box of pins delivered that I designed.