Science Film Logo

So, here’s yet another project I’ve been working on. I forgot to tell you about it. After the success of the short films I produced and directed (etc) two Summers ago (remember? Shine a Light and Laser), the next step was to get more people involved in the film-making, to learn more about how it is done, and what is involved, both on the science side and the film-making side. Specifically, I want students from both sides of the divide (science, and film, journalism, communications, etc) to have to work with each other to learn more about communicating science.

So, Anna Krylov (Chemistry dept., and a collaborator on an NSF grant) and I wrote a grant application to a foundation for prize money and so forth, to support a short science film competition for USC students! We got the money (hurrah!), and so it is going ahead. I’ll tell you more about it later, but right now I’m designing the poster and so forth to start the advertising for it. While returning from Aspen, on the road I grabbed a pen, squinted a bit and furrowed my brow, and lo! – the idea for the logo popped onto my notebook page. Upon returning, I drew it and painted it, and there it is on the left. You can click on it for a larger view.

Now, it looks simple, and it is, but still, there are some built in visual elements in there that I find myself wondering whether anyone will notice. It includes a satisfying (sort of) visual pun…

Feel free to point some out if you see them! (The rough drawing has some of the design elements laid bare, so I’ll update this post later with a copy of it after you’ve had a chance to guess.)


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