Sunday, September 8, 2013

Artwork For Ascent NB

For many of my readers, 'Ascent NB' is an idea that I hope you've heard of somewhere already. With any luck, and with some community support, it should soon be a reality. It aims to become an advocacy group for all climbers within the province, with a strong focus on securing access. 

With the launch and first AGM of that organization coming soon, I've been asked to draft some original artwork and a logo for the organization. Something that we can put in online media... and maybe bang onto a few t-shirts (everybody loves t-shirts). 

At this point... I need feedback.  I've got a few ideas, all very different. What do you like / dislike?  What are the elements or style considerations that make you prefer one over the other? Please let me know your reaction.  I'm looking to hear what you like best if you had to design something yourself.  

Thanks for the help.  

Now... the short-list: 


  1. Thanks for asking for input Chris.
    Personally I like the first sketch. I think it would be better to have a generic/non-person specific design (and a lined one will look better for consistency between clothing prints & online for forums/websites, etc.? :) Looking forward to the mtg & AGM


  2. I'm not a climber, but I like T-shirts. I like the second one; I think it would look cool on a T-shirt. I also find it funny that it's called Ascent NB but the person is clearly descending (or repelling - whatever you climbers call it) :0) And I agree with Stacey's comments above (re: non-person specific design).

  3. Hey Chris!
    I choose image #2. The reason for my choice is that image is clear to me what Ascent NB is all about. The first image is unclear because there is nothing there that indicates rock climbing....especially to someone who is not a rock climber....there is no gear/rope, etc in that image. It looks like someone soloing. My 2 cents.

  4. I like them all, but give the nod to no.1. I think it would be cool, for non-locals (and locals) to see this feature at Cochrane Ln. and immediately think of AscentNB.


  5. I prefer the first image: it's an iconic Welsford feature. However, the second image would look better on merchandise and in print. The black on white colour contrast is more striking and clear. Because it's rappelling though, not climbing, I think some people will reject it. I wonder what a similar black on white image of a climber ascending would look like, if that could be achieved.

  6. perhaps something like the photo on page 35 of the new guidebook, turned into black and white....