As a graphic designer for more than 12 years, one long-time Ashland resident has created his share of logos.
But recently Andy Lynne had the opportunity to be part of something bigger after being chosen to design the inaugural logo for Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe.
“This was probably the most important logo I’ve created because it is a part of history,” Lynne said. “It’s historic.”
He was one of 50 other artists around the state who sent in artwork, said Ashley Bauman, communications director for the Terry McAuliffe Inaugural Committee. Bauman and other Inaugural staff members reached out to individuals, who have helped them in the past, in their search for the logo that best represents the inauguration.
“It just represents a newer, vibrant Commonwealth,” Bauman said.
Lynne created the logo with inspiration from the Capitol building that he admires, he said.
“That building is so awesome,” Lynne said.
He decided to simplify the Capitol’s architecture and place it on a blue background with text below.
McAuliffe’s Inauguration staff was looking for the right logo, and Lynne’s fit the bill.
“They were definitely looking for someone in the commonwealth,” Lynne said.
Lynne said his friend Kelly Mercer knew he was a graphic designer and told him to submit a design.
“It was almost a perfect match when she said they needed some help with the inaugural logo,” Lynne said.
Bauman said the Inaugural committee and staff including Terry McAuliffe and his wife voted in secret on the logo that best represented what McAuliffe’s inauguration stands for.
She said the theme of this year’s event is “Common ground Virginia,” meaning there will be a focus at the Inauguration on “reaching across the aisle” to work on issues that are most important to Virginians and that will help in “moving [the state] forward,” which Lynne’s design helps depict that in a way.
Bauman added that she thought those who voted felt Lynne’s work “represented a new group of statewide elected [officials].”
Lynne’s educational background has always been in art and design. He graduated with a communication arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2001 and currently works for a small creative agency, Media Pop, at Rocketts Landing in Richmond.
He plans to add the logo to his portfolio because it will be something he can have forever and use for job interviews. Lynne said he hopes this will open up more doors for him in the future.
Creating the artwork for the event was an honorable job, Bauman said and for Lynne compensation was not a concern.
“It was more of an honor to do it,” he said.
The new governor will be sworn in Jan. 11 as the 72nd governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.