Albania, Scandinavia, and American threads weave together through color and symbol to form the Duka family crest.
A double-sided eagle represents the strength of their love for one another and references the importance of the eagle in Albanian and American culture.
The two-toned background gives space to each of their distinct cultural heritages, but importantly the shield is united by a growing heart and the Duka name.
These central elements emphasize the power of their bond and the positive power of love and connection in their lives together.
The Carney family loves travel and nature, especially to places that feature water, whether it be lake or the ocean. A love of adventure is balanced by the importance of warmth and love in their lives which depicted with a heart, taking the place of the sun in a classic sunset beach scene.
The Flynns knew almost immediately which tone they were looking for in their crest design. We began with their family motto, a bible verse: "Do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God."
Layering on top of this is their love of medieval art and literature, importance of family time spent together and shared fondness of games. They also emphasized their enjoyment of the outdoor, and classic style.
The resulting design combines a jewel tone color palette inspired by the renaissance era, a Celtic knot reflecting heritage as well as closeness, and a die with each of the 4 family members by a pip (or dot in layman terms).
The Taylors are most comfortable exploring the world and having adventures that challenge and delight. Their crest combines this yearning with their quirky and clever ‘fox’ nature. The fox wraps his tail around the moon, connecting to and drawing meaning from his adventures, looking out into space to see where the next journey will lead.
The Orwant family prizes the pursuit of knowledge and love of learning most. They actively embrace technology, and believe it can have a profoundly positive impact in our lives. For their crest, we focused on he combination of his field (computer technology and programming) and hers, biology, to show how the two come together to create more than each individual field on its own. This is expressed visually through the combination of the growing plant and circuits into a strong and hopeful flower, suffused with their favorite colors of blue and green.
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The Catella family recently moved away from New England for the first time as a family, straying even further from their Vermont homeland than ever. This big adjustment became the inspiration articulating their family values with a new family crest - to be proudly displayed throughout their new Maryland home.
The fir tree harkens back Vermont state official crest, and serves as the visual touchstone for the Catella family. The tree is surrounded by an enveloping heart shape, representing love, service, and acceptance, which the Catellas articulated as being the central values that guide their lives.
The hardest part of finalizing this crest was to decide on a color palette - you can see some of the many iterations we reviewed on display here.
The project that started it all! I was inspired by the historical familial crests I encountered while wandering the Art of Europe wing at the MFA, Boston. I wondered what a contemporary analog to that kind of identity might be - and I decided to create it! For our family!
The primary basis of the design is our love for our home, which is nestled in the trees, and our love of adventure, which is represented by the ship. This improbable visual embraces the contradiction in a playful way.
Over time our crest has become like a member of our family, and we've found new ways to use it each year.
For the theoretical Stelling family, adventure and discovery is key to even their everyday lives. I focused on a few main themes when developing this crest and accompanying items:
1. A celebration of life and nature, especially the outdoors.
2. A balance of masculine and feminine colors for a family with boys and girls.
3. A nod to the whimsy of storytelling, by combining elements not usually seen together (i.e. a whale that lives underwater, and the stars and moon above).