By Michael Pawlusiak
I had a unique and exciting opportunity as a Macomb Media and Communications Arts (MACA) student to help create the torch for the Macomb County Bicentennial Torch Relay.
My contribution was to provide the Macomb County logo in vector format (used to create crisper images), since the original logo was a pixelated image. The logo needed to be redrawn to vector format in order for the Computer Numerical Control machine to create the metal emblem for the torch. The logo needed to fit in the cutout of the torch, so it was resized to 5” x 2”. I also had to redesign the ribbon on the logo. The ribbon had a consistent blue color, with a different bright blue stroke to emphasize the front. I made a small change by making the front of the ribbon the same bright blue, and placing the darker blue at the back half of the banner, creating a better illusion of depth. The font for the logo was unknown. I had to search through fonts to find one that matched.
Also, in the original logo there were two instances of the year “1818,” (when the county and Mount Clemens were both founded.) One was on the center emblem and the other on the banner itself. I removed the “1818” on the center emblem to eliminate the redundancy and ensure everything was visible on the final emblem.
I had to draw out each shape and pull everything together to get the new vectorized logo. I made a couple variations: a grayscale version and a black and white version. The black and white version became the source logo for the machine to etch onto the torch itself.
This was a great project to test my MACA skills and to have the experience of working with other areas (climate control and machining), and I thank the faculty for making it possible. And when the torch is used on June 22 to light the fireworks in Mount Clemens, I will be proud of the part I played in making it happen!