Rocketship Hugo
June 6, 2009

When we moved from Austin to Arlington, I was bored. The teachers apparently didn't believe my old school, my mom or me that I was far ahead of their students and so they put me in the second high groups in reading and math. Cuz you know, that's what you do with an advanced kid - bore the crap out of them.

I quickly realized that my new school's library sucked. I was going through books at a ridiculous pace and my teachers were already getting tired of letting me go to the library after I finished my schoolwork and homework before class was over.

Space Cadet CoverSo I searched until I found the thickest book in the library. It was called Space Cadet by Robert Heinlein.

I had found a new obsession. I read every Heinlein book in our library, devoured Asimov with abandon and dabbled in Andre Norton and then Katherine Kurtz. As our selection began to expand, I eventually discovered Tolkien as well.

But I always went back to Heinlein, who was for me then, the end-all be-all of science fiction. Eventually I branched out into other authors ... but the one time I wrote a paid-academic piece, it was about Heinlein's novella Waldo.

So when I heard that the Hugo Award was looking for an actual logo to use - something the organization could use in print and use on stickers for the winning books and materials, I knew I wanted to throw my hat in the ring.

Unfortunately, I was rather swamped with two other projects at the same time and really didn't get much beyond the sketch stage. Here's the first two rough sketch ideas that I did not submit to the contest:

Hugo Logo concept with critter
Hugo Logo concept with critter

I wasn't fully sure that I wanted to let go of my little creature there ... so I did not even attempt to vectorize those sketches and turn them in to the contest.

Instead, I did work up the second concept I came up with. Unfortunately, I really didn't have time to do the concept the justice it deserved, but here's the image I finally turned in:

Hugo Logo concept with rocket-sword

I thought for the printed pieces, the rocket portion of the logo should be a silver foil, preferably embossed. I wish I'd had time to work up a font closer to the one I sketched in the other concept, but ... *sigh* you do what you have time for, right?

Posted by Red Monkey at June 6, 2009 9:04 PM | Design | Sketches | | StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble |


Tara R. said:

I love all those scifi authors! The logo is very creative. I like the sword concept with the rocket ship.

June 7, 2009 9:58 AM


wha said:

phallic much?

Red Monkey says: umm, gee. Know anything about the contest or the Hugo Award? Because that rocket was required to be in the logo design.
January 21, 2010 6:39 PM
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