Pyramid, lilies in bloom picked to say Odenton Woman wins logo design contest WEST COUNTY -- Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills

February 02, 1993|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff Writer

Trudy Williams was toying with ideas of a town with a solid business base when she hit on the pyramid shape for her Odenton logo. But it's also a town about to bloom, she added, which led her to the second element, budding flowers spiraling upward.

She put them together, stretched the word "Odenton" through the middle of the pyramid in block letters, and won the West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce contest to design a logo for Odenton.

"She captured the very element we were looking for," said Marcia Hall, the chamber's executive director.

Her design beat six other entries.

"I didn't expect to win," said Ms. Williams, a subdued mother of two who likes to draw. She called the design a "symbol of business."

The base of the pyramid represents a solid business presence. The lilies "show a state of blooming or flourishing," Ms. Williams said in a letter explaining her entry.

She used green for the flowers to symbolize growth -- or money -- and black for the pyramid to symbolize business profit.

Ms. Hall said the simple design impressed the judges, who were looking for something suitable for a letterhead.

Other entries were more complex. There was, for example, one that pictured a train and used one of the wheels for the "O" in Odenton. That one and others were too detailed to be scaled down and still retain their meaning, Ms. Hall said.

The chamber plans to use the winning logo on promotional materials to be developed for a major business recruitment project this year.

Ms. Williams, a Severn resident for five years, said she designed a logo that captures her community vision because she is anxious to take part in local affairs.

"I'm really new to the community, but I wanted to get involved," Ms. Williams said before a chamber meeting last week. "I see a lot of potential -- and so much development."

Ms. Williams said she tried a few other designs before settling on the pyramid while her children, ages 9 and 16, offered encouragement.

Besides seeing her design on chamber stationery, Ms. Williams will receive a $100 savings bond from the Odenton Savings and Loan and two round-trip Amtrak tickets to Atlantic City from Cruise and Travel Service in Odenton.

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