I Survived a Night at the Zoo – Scout Badge
Tamworth District Scouts approached me with a request to design a special badge to award to attendees of the first district sleepover, one hundred children were going to spend the night at Twycross Zoo.
They already had a pretty good idea of what they wanted; it had to have a sleeping monkey on it and it had to be cute.
Because I knew the badge would be either woven or embroidered I felt I had to keep the detail to a minimum. There was also the possibility that there would be a t-shirt printed so I decided to create the larger image which could work as a t-shirt design and cut out the badge shape from that. If at all possible this is usually the way I work – think of the various ways a client may want to take the design and make allowances for that. It’s easier to crop an image than it is to enlarge it at a later date. Working in Adobe Illustrator meant it was possible to change the position of certain elements in the cropped image to make it work better in the round format.
The client chose a green background to strengthen the connection with monkeys in the wild and nature.
I was amazed at the amount of detail that came out in the finished badge. Next time I won’t be so worried about not being able to incorporate small patterns and lines.