Local graphic designer rises to the challenge

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El Defensor Chieftain’s own Rebecca Apodaca was recently named the winner of a logo design competition held by Socorro’s San Miguel Mission to celebrate its 400th anniversary.

One of the three logos, designed by El Defensor Chieftain’s Rebecca Apodaca, will be used to represent San Miguel Mission's 400th year of existance.

Apodaca’s three designs will be used to capture and promote the rich history of this venerable religious institution. Plans are in the works to use the designs in a variety of ways — banners, memorabilia, and a possible commemorative monument.

“I am honored that my designs were chosen to represent and be an instrumental part of this important event for the San Miguel Mission as they celebrate their landmark anniversary in 2015,” said Apodaca, who is El-Defensor Chieftain’s production manager.

The parish held a contest for local artists, with each contestant able to submit up to three designs. Apodaca’s images highlight the church itself, as well as symbols of the rich Hispanic culture of Socorro.

Apodaca was able to bring to bear her training, a bachelor’s degree in graphic design, and her love of a good contest.

“Naturally, I am drawn to these competitions. Logos are a little tricky sometimes and I like to challenge myself,” said Apodaca, who twice won city-sponsored design contests for logos used for the city’s annual SocorroFest. “When I heard about the contest, I knew I wanted to enter for sure. I was also glad that the church was allowing a maximum of three entries per artist.

“I was able to show various ideas I had in mind and hoped one would be exactly what the committee was looking for.”

Apodaca’s winning designs were a computer-generated illustration of the historic San Miguel Church in all its glory. The image is not just a creative opportunity for Apodaca. She has strong ties to the parish.”I am a member of the church, so that makes it all the more special to me,” she said.

Father Andy Pavlak, pastor at San Miguel Mission, is enthusiastic about the designs and what he hopes they will accomplish.

“Rebecca’s was one of 12 submissions. They beautifully captured the complexity of what we’re looking for,” Pavlak said. “These designs clearly and concisely will help us announce, market and celebrate this important occasion.”

 


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