The times they are a-changin’ | New logo and welcoming Jonathan Jones and Sarah G-H

When I started Physedagogy in February 2013, it was really the spawn of the initial #pegeeksunite Google Hangout in January of that year. When I first started I had this vision of Physedagogy.TV with a YouTube channel with teacher spotlights and…well not much else.

How much has changed in 18 months…

It started last September when Matt Pomeroy and Naomi Hartl joined the team. It continued this summer when Collin Brooks joined. Now, I want to take a moment to welcome Jonathan Jones and Sarah Gietschier-Hartman to the team.

As time has gone on, I have really fine tuned what Physedagogy means to me. Simply put, it is a place where discussion happens about best practices in the modern Physical Education classroom. Nothing more or less. With that being my guiding focus, it has become clear for the need to find people in the #PhysEd community who have unique perspectives and stories that deserve to be shared with the greater community. The one thing that we have in common that unites us is a growth mindset.  None of us have it completely figured out, but we all want to learn as much as we can, reflect, and continue to grow as professionals.  My hope is that by putting ourselves out there in the public domain, it encourages other professionals to do the same.

Last week, I had a great conversation with my pal Joey Feith, of Joey has always been supportive of what we’ve been doing and he wanted to help us out with some design work and create us a logo we could be proud of. I kind of agree, since the original logo I created was a screen capture from a Google Hangout event. What can I say, art and design have never been my area of strength (Yes, I received an “F” in 6th grade Art and no I don’t know how that happened).  Joey took some time out of his busy schedule to create us this:

PHYSEDagogy Combo Light


Here are his thoughts on the design:

I wanted the logo to represent the excellent discussions taking place on your site, which is why I worked around the hashtag symbol (which, to me, represents discussion). I also wanted to create something that represents the community aspect of what you’re doing. That’s why I went with the dots that come together to create something whole. I went with green because it’s a hopeful colour and definitely not overused these days. Finally, I wanted to give it a modern/innovative feel which is why I went with the simplistic, flat design (which is the current trend in design these days). It doesn’t necessarily represent physed, but your site’s name does that so well that I didn’t feel the need to include a PE element into the logo.

Personally, I think what Joey did was fantastic. He took my rambling thoughts about what Physedagogy is and turned it into a clean, simple, design that we can identify with and be proud of. I’m really excited about the direction of everything as we begin to embark on a new school year and I can’t wait to learn and share from the people who are a part of the team. Please join me in welcoming them!

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