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Student Center Gallery Celebrates Logo Creations by Local Graphic Designers, Beginning March 5

Works by Nearly 20 Designers Will be Highlighted; Kickoff Reception Set for March 9

February 21, 2014
Contact: University Relations
Phone: 410.837.5739

Logos—graphic designs that signify the work of a company or organization, often combining typography and illustration in clever, visually stunning ways—are a hallmark of modern design. From Nike's "swoosh" or NASA's field of stars, to the seemingly timeless symbols used by Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and Ford, the logo stands at the pinnacle of virtually any organization’s brand identity.

Over the years, designers from metropolitan Baltimore have made major contributions to the art and craft of logo design. The part they have played in the success of the area’s business community cannot be overestimated.

Beginning Wednesday, March 5, a special exhibition in the University of Baltimore Student Center Gallery, located at 21 W. Mt. Royal Ave., will celebrate a number of logos by these local designers. The show, which will include a reception on Sunday, March 9 (attendance details below) in the Bogomolny Room adjacent to the gallery, clearly illustrates the quality and professional expertise that these designers deliver every day to the business community.

"For a city the size of Baltimore, it's remarkable how much talent has been brought up here, educated here and succeeded here," said Ed Gold, director of UB's Ampersand Institute for Words & Images and professor in UB's Klein Family School of Communication Design. "We wanted to acknowledge the depth and breadth of their work on logos, which is so fundamentally linked to any organization's impact. Really, it's the first thing most people think of when they hear about a company—it's a graphic representation of who that company is, what it does, and where it wants to take us. I'm proud to say that Baltimore is a strong competitor in this field."

Designers whose work will be on display include Dave Ashton, JJ Chrystal, Nathalie Cone, Jason Drumheller, Kat Feuerstein, Jenny Hoffman, Doug Hucker, Carl Nielson, Bob Shelley, Dan Shub, Nolen Strals, Scott Sugiuchi, David Taylor, Colin Tierney, Glen Villegas, Bruce Willen, Cathy Yates, and Ronnie Younts.

The exhibit will be on display in the Student Center Gallery (located on the top floor of the center) from March 5 through May 28. Gallery hours are:

  • Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To attend the March 9 opening reception at the gallery, submit a brief R.S.V.P., available here.

For more information, call 410.837.6022 or send an e-mail to scd@ubalt.edu.
   
The University of Baltimore is a member of the University System of Maryland and comprises the College of Public Affairs, the Merrick School of Business, the UB School of Law and the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences.