Growth and Pride Emphasis Wins Made In Aiken County Logo Contest

The new, contest-winning Made in Aiken County logo design by Julia Fountain was revealed at the Aiken Center for the Arts in October at the center’s signature fundraiser, A Taste of Wine and Art. Bella Magazine was one of the contest sponsors.

Julia’s design shows the words “AIKEN COUNTY PROUD” over a sunburst background in a field of blue and green inside a brown circle that reads, “MADE WITH PRIDE IN AIKEN COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA.”

A sprout coming out of the “O” in Proud symbolizes the growth of the area. “Born and raised in Aiken, I’ve seen so many changes over the years. I wanted to express its growth in a simple way. I want people to understand that Aiken is growing bigger and more beautiful all the time,” said Julia. “We have so much potential and it’s being cultivated into something amazing.” The logo will be used by local business people to indicate the origin of the product or service.

Julia received recognition for her winning design when Rob and Pam Johnston unveiled the poster-mounted logo during a brief program at the festivities at the Aiken Center for the Arts.

The contest, sponsored by the Economic Development Partnership of Aiken, Edgefield and Saluda Counties, Material Things, Dirt Road Media, Aiken Center for the Arts, Re-Fresh, Bella Magazine, and the Aiken Standard, drew 48 entries from local graphic designers. The panel of local business people who examined all of the entries expressed amazement at the excellent range of design entries and the talent represented in them. For her winning efforts, Julia won the prize of $250.

According to Will Williams, CEO of the Economic Development Partnership, the new logo is symbolic of the many facets of Aiken County and its products, goods and services, as well as the pride the people of Aiken County take in their work and their surroundings.

Julia is a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. An employee of Cedar Creek Golf Course as a merchandise/marketing coordinator, she also works part-time as a graphic designer. “I’d really love to have a career designing full-time. For the time being, I freelance to continue to strengthen my portfolio,” she said.

“As a starving artist in the design world, it’s tough out there,” Julia commented. She also stated her belief that “if you work hard, great things will happen.” Julia Fountain can be reached at Julia. fountain@yahoo.com. Her work can be seen at www.juliaf.prosite.com.