DUNEDIN – The Dunedin Chamber of Commerce has a new logo, stemming from a design contest that drew about 40 entries.
The new logo has more color and features the sunset and an egret. It’s a different look for the logo, which hasn’t been changed in about 15 years, said chamber President Lynn Wargo.
The contest, which was launched Dec. 2, was open to both amateur and professional designers.
“We opened it to anybody who wanted to participate,” Wargo said.
The winner is Julianne Black, a graphic artist, who recently moved to China Lake, Calif., from Dunedin. She won $500 for her design.
Contacted by email, Black said she has been a self-employed freelance designer for 10 years.
She said she submitted a few concepts on the “feeling of peace and simplicity that the location brought to my heart.” She worked with the chamber’s Kristy Croom Tucker and came up with the design.
“The chamber was as excited to see the logo materialize through collaboration as I was to be chosen. After a few back and forth emails and a meeting at the Chamber’s offices with some other wonderful creative women, we have a finished product that is truly a group effort,” Black said. “So many of my projects that I work on I never get to see. I send the finished files all over the world but rarely get to see the finished printed piece. My big day will be when my parents start emailing me pictures of downtown with the logo on banners and window signs and when I can see them myself on our next trip out. That will be the day to toast to a wining design.”
Black said since her parents, brother and sister-in-law all still live in Dunedin, she has plans to return to Dunedin as often as possible.
Black said her husband’s career is with the military so she tends to move when his contracts shift.
“While our residency in Dunedin was a short time, it will always have an incredible place in my heart as the birthplace of my daughter Madison so I am truly grateful for Dunedin helping bring in my future with her, and in turn, I am beyond proud to be able to leave a piece of myself there for the chamber’s future,” Black said.