Worcester Academy freshman designs new Shrewsbury DPW logo

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Junxi “Alex” Duan presents his logo to the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

SHREWSBURY – The Shrewsbury Department of Public Works officially has a new logo, thanks to Worcester Academy freshman Junxi “Alex” Duan. 

The department held two contests over the summer. One of those contests asked high school students to design a logo for the department. 

“It’s really impressive, and congratulations,” Selectman Theresa Flynn said to Duan. “Thank you for doing it.”

This is the first time the DPW will have a logo.  

The logo will be used by the department in official ways, like on the town website and on social media as well as on letterheads and printed materials.

The DPW was officially formed in 2018 and acts as an official umbrella of its various divisions. 

Duan’s logo was selected by a five-member panel. He won $500.  

A total of 10 logos were submitted by students. The panel evaluated the logos on their visual appeal and quality, how closely they adhered to the concept and how easily they can be reproduced. 

“I took a lot of inspiration from the official Shrewsbury town logo with the double ring design,” Duan said. “I also really wanted to show the unification of the different public works systems.”

Junxi “Alex” Duan designed the new logo for the Shrewsbury Department of Public Works. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

He used five different images — like a traffic cone and gears — in a circle around the recycle logo.

“I would like to thank the committee for giving me advice on how to better improve it to be the logo you see on the screen today,” Duan said.

Selectman Beth Casavant served on the panel reviewing logo designs. She said Duan was very accommodating. 

“I know, once we had decided that this was the logo out of the submissions that were received, there were a couple of things that we wanted tweaked and [we] went back to you,” Casavant said. “As any good graphic designer, you accommodated what the client was looking for. Thank you for that. I think you came up with a great design.”