Edmonton graphic designer creates logos for Saskatchewan ghost towns

The Canadian Press
July 7, 2014 06:52 PM

REGINA - A graphic designer is using his skills to give new life to the more than 100 ghost towns in Saskatchewan.

Nigel Hood says he was inspired to begin creating new logos for the towns when he stumbled across the list one day on Wikipedia.

Some of the places still have buildings and streets standing, while piles of debris are all that's left in others.

But Hood says he decided they deserve some kind of attention, and set out to create one logo a day until the list was done.

The logo for Canuck, Sask., features two hockey sticks while Hood has given Battrum a pair of stylized wings.

The St. Boswells logo sports an old-fashioned well, Divide is represented by a cleverly designed box, and Robinhood, Sask., features a bow and arrow.

"I took the skills that I have and tried to tell a story with it," said Hood, who tried to incorporate some of each town's history into the logos, which are displayed on his Instagram account.

"Something like St. Boswells, where there was a story that they had the best water in Saskatchewan from this well. It was nice to be able to dig into these communities and find out more."

Hood was born in Prince Albert and grew up in Weyburn. He now lives in Edmonton, but said he's still a Saskatchewanian at heart.


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