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).
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).
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.