Thursday, January 1, 2009

Pick the Welcome to Dunwoody Sign


Thanks to the donated services of several graphic artists in the area, the city of Dunwoody will soon have its own greeting signs on its borders. The final decision, however, is up to you. Two graphic artists in the area, Steven Fuller and Earl Cole, designed and submitted about 20 designs for the city signs. The designs were gathered by Dunwoody Homeowners’ Association board member Bob Lundsten and submitted to the Dunwoody City Council, who narrowed it down to three finalists. The top three logos have now been submitted for the public to consider.

Please vote now.

15 comments:

DunwoodyParent said...

AM I the only one who does not like the old farm house as our 'official' image? I am not opposed to this structure, but I do not see this building representing Dunwoody. It is the only building of its kind in our area. Just as a simple example, the image of a palm tree graces the official 'City of Miami' logo because they have palm trees there. In no way is Dunwoody known for old houses as an outside observer would assume when seeing one of the three logos.

Had this contest been open to all residents of Dunwoody I would have submitted a few designs of my own. The image of a tree-lined subdivision street with a couple of kids playing would more accurately depict our city.

Can a resident ask for an open contest, allowing for more than two hand-selected people to submit designs?

themommy said...

Really--still the Farm House? Are we that stuck in the past?

We certainly can't go backwards... we won't be the Dunwoody of the past, not even the Dunwoody of 10 years ago.

We aren't some quiet rural town or far out suburban city. We are growing, vibrant area that is probably more city like than town like.

Happy New Year--where is the vote for none of the above.

Kcaj said...

3 Designs. Which are different? Farm house 1, 2, or 3? Beige square 1, 2, or 3?

Maybe I'm missing something about promoting Dwoody; like perhaps a vibrant business community (PCID)...

Or are we looking to promote a folksy/irrelevant historical memory [that truly didn't matter to modern Dwoody's development]?

Now where is my buggy-whip? Jack.

Bob Fiscella said...

I agree with the 3 previous responses. I like the farmhouse for what it is, but I think the city of Dunwoody needs a welcome sign that represents a vibrant city and not one stuck in the past. Kcaj I can't agree more concerning the color. We are lacking any originality.

Dunwoody Mom said...

The farmhouse is fine. That farmhouse IS Dunwoody, past, present and future. It was what we were and what represents what is good about Dunwoody - families. What do you want? A drawing of Perimeter Mall?

Bob Fiscella said...

Dunwoody Mom,
Really no reason to be condescending - I've read your posts in the past and you're better than that! Of course a drawing of Perimeter Mall is not what I'm saying (and I'm sure not what any of the writers of the previous posts are asking for). Perhaps we make the farmhouse part of the welcome sign, but I feel we can be a little more creative than the choices presented. And I'm not so sure about the color.

With that said, the sign is such a small part of what the city of Dunwoody is. I applaud our city leaders for concentrating on the issues that affect our lives on a daily basis.

Thaddeus Osbourne Dabell said...

Is there some state or federal law requiring us to fritter away our money this way? If we must, can we at least get something functional so we get some bang for our bucks? I'd like to suggest some of these. Surely we could have them customized, maybe even in "flip this house" beige with added text saying "Slow down and see Dunwoody".

Ellen Fix said...

The farmhouse is certainly charming -- a perfect reminder of Dunwoody's past that massages our collective nostalgia.

But the farmhouse represents neither Dunwoody's present nor its future and is inappropriate as a city logo. We are a city that is neither rural nor reknowned for historic preservation. But entirely aside from this, did anyone take a good look at that rendering? The illustration looks like some ramshackle old drunkards' boarding house that's about to fall apart.

This is not a comment on the artist's talent - as he/she surely has it. But perhaps the image could be updated in some way to blend the old with the new.

DunwoodyParent said...

John, I think this logo issue should be put off for a while. No rush, we're not going anywhere. Not sure who gave authority to Bob Lundsten on this issue, but I thank him for his time.

Dunwoody Mom said...

Then what are your ideas? You all are so quick to complain. I've lived in the Dunwoody area 40 years, I know what that farmhouse symbolizes and means to the Dunwoody community. I know the money, the sweat, etc., that the the Spruill family put into this community. To brush that aside as being irrelevant is an insult and an indication of how little some of you know of the history of Dunwoody.

DunwoodyParent said...

Mom, I am working on a new version. I am not an artist, not even close. I'm just opposed to the DHA guy choosing the artists and taking control of the issue. I am opposed to the DHA doing anything on behalf of the city. If the city wants a logo, either contract it out to a private company or open it up to the community. Perhaps students from DHS or Per College could submit entries. I'm not putting much concern into a logo itself, I just don't want the city council partnering with DHA on anything.

Bob Fiscella said...

My good friend Don Converse says another sign was submitted with the farmhouse in the foreground and Perimeter skyline in the background. I'd love to see that artist rendering! It would, at the very least, give us viable alternative.

Ellen Fix said...

Steve Fortenberry, who lives in Fontainebleau Forest, teaches a Marketing Class at Dunwoody High School in which students submitted City of Dunwoody logo ideas at the end of the past semester. Perhaps someone from the Council can contact him to see the designs.

DunwoodyParent said...

The DHA logo has what appears to be the farmhouse in its logo. The DHA version is much 'cleaner' of an image, yet from a different angle.

Why did the Mayor ask DHA's Bob Lundsten to handle the logo?

Does DHA have any authority in regards to anything (zoning, permits) with the new city?

waterman said...

Look, I'd just like to see a SIGN on Tilly Mill Road entering the city. Have we been forgotten on the east side? Every entrance to the City should have been marked by now.