Okay, we are taking a vote.  There is some division about the preferred new SFW logo designs created so artfully by Mr. Michael Shannon.  So I decided to have a vote.  If you prefer the Full Owl or the Owl Eye, please indicate so in the comments below.  I will say that we give it one week before the consensus is made. Remember, this will be our trademark, non profit logo forever!

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Comment by DeeDee McGhee on February 22, 2013 at 4:42pm

I like the eye logo...seems more interesting and more likely to get someone to take notice to it.

Comment by John Quillen on August 10, 2012 at 10:29am

Okay Folks,

I said that we would give this thing a week or so and it looks as if the full owl logo is the vote getter.  Like you guys, I see merit to every incarnation but we need to get this over to Michael.  Over at the Backcountry Tax blog folks are throwing out names for our new owl.  Please come over and share your thoughts on that subject.  Thanks for taking the time to voice an opinion.


Comment by John Quillen on August 6, 2012 at 8:42am

Martin,  That is a beautiful thought.  Thanks for sharing it.  I am, of course, partial to the owl but will agree with whatever this group decides about the logo.  If folks like Michael's new design, then please indicate so because he is awaiting our decision before moving forward.  Let's put wednesday down as the last day for voting.

Comment by Martin Hunley on August 5, 2012 at 8:43am
Donna and I went on a motorcycle ride yesterday evening. As we drove along the Appalachiam Trail in Falls Village, we saw a huge shadow above us, gliding, observing us. Upon closer observation, I noticed it to be one huge owl. It brought excitement and peace to my soul to see this creature. On that note: I felt as if touched by a greater power that someone/something a guardian watching out on all my actions was there for me. Furthermore, it made me think of this groups endeavors to keep a watchful eye out on our beautiful resources of the GSMNP.
Comment by Gregg Bostick on August 5, 2012 at 8:28am


Every now and again Myers will invoke a compelling thought!  Like Eric, I dig it.

Comment by Eric Graves on August 2, 2012 at 6:51pm

Sweet! Dig it!!

Comment by Myers Morton on August 2, 2012 at 5:20pm


While the Owl outline is missing, it still looks like a bird of prey.

Comment by Rob Cameron on August 2, 2012 at 4:27pm


Comment by Michael Shannon on August 2, 2012 at 4:11pm

I wanted to stay out if this discussion since I've already said all I need to say to John. But Myers Morton presented a compelling thought that I hadn't considered and so I offer this in answer to his suggestion. 

Comment by Eric Graves on August 2, 2012 at 8:43am

While I like them both, my choice would be the first one without the owl. My rationale being that with the second one, the eye is drawn exclusively to the owl as the main focal point of the logo leaving what I feel should be the true focal point (the forest, inside the eye) as mere background to be, at best, absorbed as an afterthought and, more likely, considering the average American attention span, dismissed altogether. After all--they've seen the owl--they understand. :-) The question, or so it seems to me, is what do you want someone unaffiliated with the organization to take from the logo. Is this about birds or forests? 

Regardless,I agree wholeheartedly with Rob about the T-shirt design--fantastic concept. I'd sure as hell buy one! Also, Gregg has a good point about the watermark and letterhead. I think either logo is a good choice (though I prefer the first) and both are amazingly well designed--kudos to the artist and the concept! 

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