HUDSON – Thanks to students from Hudson High’s Adobe Illustrator class, Murf and Jocko are now proud logos for the Working Dog Foundation.
The “big reveal” took place on March 6 at the high school. The student designers attended, as well as their teacher, Assistant Principal Adam Goldberg, Police Chief Richard DiPersio and, of course, Murf and Jocko with their respective handlers, Det. Chad Crogan and Sgt. Sam Leandres.
According to Crogan, the logo will be used for letterheads and clothing, as well as social media.
Class members received a sweatshirt with the new logo.
According to graphics arts teacher Adriana Cieslak, the dogs and handlers were brought to class the first day “along with ideas on what they wanted” for the design, she said.
The students then went to work on the design – each student working on a certain piece. A week later, the pieces were presented to Cieslak. The design was brought together, and the class spent a few days with critiquing and adjustments.
The dogs’ handlers then returned to the class and provided their own input.
“They came out great. They portrayed our department and foundation well,” said Leandres.
“They came out fantastic,” added Crogan. “The students really showed interest in the project.”
The student designers said they had fun with the project with sophomore Tyler Martin noting that the project was for the community, and junior Tanner Richard adding that it was cool to know their work would be on sweatshirts.
“I enjoyed making Murf,” said junior Alina Chen.
“It was fun getting to do a project,” said sophomore Sarah Libby.
The sweatshirts were donated by Trusted Tees Custom Apparel, a Hudson-based, women-owned company now in its fifth year.
Crogan said an announcement as to when the sweatshirts will be available to the public will be made within the next two weeks via Murf’s Instagram and Facebook pages.
A website is also in the works, he added.
Proceeds from the shirts, and other items once they’re available, will help the foundation, a 501 c3 nonprofit, with maintaining the town’s K-9 program, now and in the future.