On World Down Syndrome Day, the DSC debuted our brand new logo. The new design was a collaboration between the DSC Board of Directors and Nik Harber, graphic designer at Groovypearl Designs. We explained our vision, and he brought it to life. For this month’s Spotlight On interview, we thought we’d get to know the man behind the logo.
Tell us a little about yourself:
I’m a UK based creative type person in my 40’s (I like to think of it as years of experience). I have a love of comics and sci-fi. That led me to join the 501st Legion, a world wide Star Wars costuming club which helps raise money for many deserving charities. I get to dress up in armor and help others – it’s a win win situation. I’m a graphic designer, illustrator and retoucher. In the past I have worked in design studios and for publishers but last year I took the leap and went freelance. Now I design two monthly magazines and illustrate for another – it keeps me busy.
How did you get connected with the DSC?
I had a very nice referral through Angela Cooper who kindly put my name forward for the job. I’ve been lucky enough to visit Seattle in the past but up until now I haven’t had the chance to get involved with anything there. I’m spreading my wings beyond the UK borders!
What made you excited about this project?
It’s always good to help out such a good cause, so I was happy to oblige. Designing a logo is a challenge because it has to convey everything you need to know about an organization in one image – which I think we achieved with the new DSC design.
Do you know someone with Down syndrome and how has knowing that person changed your perception of Down syndrome?
A close friend of mine in Texas has a grandchild who has Down syndrome. In my head I had imagined Down syndrome to be quite sad or isolating but it really struck me what a happy little chap he is. I was so glad to have that illusion shattered. Living on the other side of the ‘pond’ I don’t get to visit as much as I’d like, but we were lucky enough to share a day with the whole family at Walt Disney World a few years ago. The wonder and excitement was very apparent on his face, as I guess is true for most young children visiting the ‘most magical place on Earth’, but with Timmy it was especially true. I know he was very pleased to have met Mickey himself.
To check out more of Nik’s work or to request his services, please visit his website at www.GroovypearlDesigns.com.
Thank you Nik, for putting our vision into illustration so beautifully. The new logo will be a perfect representation of the Down Syndrome Community of Puget Sound for years to come!