The teen graphic design students of Ku'umba Community Arts created logo options for The Junction. The students then chose the five designs they felt best achieved the goal of presenting Ensley in a new light. The public helped choose our official logo by voting for their favorite of the five designs.
The winning logo was designed by Shea Washington. Shea created a colorful silhouette of downtown Ensley's 19th Street to represent the vibrancy she sees in her community that might not be apparent to outsiders. Shea says, "I think Ensley is a really beautiful place. It’s like here, people know each other. It’s unity in the community, and really vibrant."
The logo contest was a very close race. Get to know the other finalists - all talented designers and amazing young women - in the audio below.
For 16-year-old Ashlyn MacMillan, designing a logo for The Junction was not only an opportunity to represent Ensley; it was also a chance to express something about her larger culture.
Two of the designs that are finalists for The Junction logo were created by 16-year-old Shea Washington. Shea is, as Ku'umba Director Deidre Clark says, "a design force"...a quiet design force.
Seventeen-year-old Alyssa Moore is inspired by Ensley's jazz history; she hopes her design will inspire community pride.
Sixteen-year-old Destiny Thompson says the cracked lines in her logo represent "the (negative) things that people say about Ensley: the misconceptions, or the things that we don’t have all together." She highlighted the letters in "junction" that spell "union" to encourage people inside and outside of the community to come together through storytelling and listening: "It brings everybody together – the whole community. And everybody that doesn’t know about Ensley, they can come and join."
In this interview clip, Destiny talks about representing Ensley with her logo, and how that fits with her goal of starting a community center.