Laurie Crabb's design.Winning logo design the new face of Rhody posted on 06/02/2018
Zigzag resident Laurie Crabb almost didn’t submit an entry
for the logo contest spearheaded by the Rhododendron Community Planning
Organization’s (CPO) Rhody Rising subcommittee.
She noted that it was only about 10 days before the March
deadline that she learned about it in The Mountain Times.
“It ended up being kind of an 11th hour effort, literally
delivering artwork to the meeting for first judging round,” Crabb said. “I had
just finished it the night before.”
At the CPO’s May 19 meeting, Crabb’s design stood alone as
the winner of the contest, the one logo selected from the 45 entries originally
She added that there were a lot of good entries, including
ones she voted for during the first round of voting in March.
“I was very pleasantly surprised,” Crabb said. “It’s very
pleasing that my work was able to stand up in that field.”
Crabb, who has lived on the mountain for 15 years and has
worked at the Rendezvous Bar and Grill for the past 10 years, has always been
into drawing, painting and sculpting, and she also received a bachelor's degree
in illustration from Pacific Northwest College of Art. She noted that while she
doesn’t do a log of graphic design, she found the contest a challenge because
there was no input from a client, as typically might happen when creating a
To create her design, Crabb selected some of the visually
iconic elements of the area, including Mount Hood with the alpenglow, the
forest and the rhododendron flower, then sketched out a concept and narrowed it
As the winner, Crabb received four vouchers for Mt. Hood
Adventure, a ski rental package at Otto’s Ski Shop in Sandy, a gift certificate
for $25 at the Skyway Bar and Grill, a gift certificate for 18 holes and a cart
for two at the Mount Hood Oregon Resort and $500 cash.
Four finalists made it to the May 19 meeting, and while
Steve Graeper, CPO President, didn’t release the final voting tally, he noted
that a total of 30 votes were cast by the CPO constituents and that Crabb’s
logo “won handily.”
“I’m very pleased with how the contest went,” he said. “Any
one of those logos would have been a great logo. We really appreciate the work
that everyone did.”
Graeper expects to get some mock-ups done for a t-shirt and
a mug with the logo on them for the next CPO meeting. If all goes well, he
added that there could be items featuring the logo for sale during the annual
Steiner Cabin tour this August.
Crabb noted that she’s looking forward to seeing the logo on
items and that it should lend itself well to being printed.
The Rhody Rising subcommittee will hold a community input
meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, in the Trees Room at the Mt. Hood Oregon
Resort, 68010 East Fairway Ave. in Welches.Garth Guibord/MT