Just what you want in city logo – Hasso Hering


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20 responses to “Just what you want in city logo”

  1. Robert Kahn says:

    How much has this cost the city so far and what will the final
    cost be to the citizens. The city is going to vote on ANOTHTHER
    tax in May because they don’t have money!!?? Why don’t they fix
    the problems at hand.

    By the way, we heard those unneeded and unnecessary center of
    the street lights had a matercost of over $311k. What was our final
    cost after installation?? $850k.

  2. James Engel says:

    We’re a plain,, red neck blue collar town so what’s wrong with a simple mast head of “City of Albany – Oregon”. No need for expense of silly art work just to keep somebody busy??!!

  3. Say what? says:

    Wait. Eight lights total cost $311k? $38,750 a piece? Seriously?

  4. Dave says:

    I kind of like the font and style of the “City of Albany Oregon” on original logo but do think the newer one looks nice, esp the bridge, trees, and home. Is the home depiction based on a particular house or a general representative of vintage Albany homes?

  5. chuck says:

    What? No likeness of a homeless person. How insensitive!

  6. Wolf McMahan says:

    The new one is a eye catching for sure.
    Well done !

  7. Craig says:

    Just another waste of money. You forgot changing logos on city vehicles. There is nothing wrong with the new one. This is as bad as when Albany PD switched from shield badges to star badges…because the new Chief did not like shields. Heh…reminder…it’s NOT your money !

  8. Kim Sass says:

    Lynn Powers designed the first logo and Hasso is right — about 20 years ago. It’s nice that the new design takes pieces of the old including the historic home reference. Lynn also created the “incomplete” star for the police department, but not sure if it is still in use. She designed other logos for the community including WAHS, Albany Partnership for Housing, the former logo of Albany General Hospital and a few businesses. She cared for Albany and it always showed in her work. Her passing was a big loss for our community.

  9. Sc says:

    Aren’t we a grass seed town? This looks like a timber town. And it still doesn’t look like a bridge. Why not have a competition amongst the high schoolers? It’ll be their town and it could be designed for free.

  10. hj.anony1 says:

    Nice, fresh logo!

    Give the man a bonus for such good work!! Pay for it via a special assessment to all the curmudgeonly types. You know who you are. Look for it this fall.

  11. Robert chandler says:

    I was just wondering. Why do we have a city logo? Who is it there for? We all live in Albany. We know who the city workers are and most all things associated with our city. Wouldn’t just a simple Albany Oregon logo work just as well? No research, no designer, no thousands of dollars spent and no wasting time at City Council meetings quibbling over this issue. Maybe they can concentrate on other issues more important to our city.

    • Hasso Hering says:

      Nobody wasted thousands of dollars. A city employee used his talent, as part of his job, which entails a whole lot of other things related to technology, to produce a clean design. And nobody was quibbling about anything. They concentrate on lots of issues that are more important. That doesn’t mean they can’t take a few minutes to be caught up on something like this. (hh)

  12. Bob Sattem says:

    Logo looks really good. Nice job Matt.

  13. Deann Radke says:

    I think it looks great!

  14. Robert chandler says:

    I couldn’t help myself. I wasn’t going to say anything else. But, it is so very nice we, the citizens of Albany, have a talent like Mat. I apologize if I made it sound like I was dissing Mat at all. But, along with Mat’s artistic talents did he also come up with a way to pay for all of this? I mean everything associated with the city of Albany will need to have the old logo replaced with the new logo. Seems like an awful lot of money to me for a “logo”. But. If that is what we need to spend our tax dollars on then, more than other issues, I guess the majority of the people who live in Albany want this new logo and will set other issues aside for it.

    • Hasso Hering says:

      As I understand it, they put the new logo on stuff when it is routinely acquired. Nobody is going to repaint city vehicles. So no, there’s no extraordinary expense. And the guy’s name is Matt.

  15. Jennifer Stuart says:

    I, for one, think that the new logo is much easier on the eyes. I appreciate that the city did not spend a lot of time or money on the design as well as the sensible low cost roll-out.

    On the other hand, I can’t wait to vote on the curmudgeon tax!


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