Print & Digital Design  |  Freelance

Utah Pride 2022

With the state’s Pride festival returning after several years, the Utah Pride Center wanted to pull out all the stops for the 2022 Utah Pride Week. The theme of “I Am Utah Pride” had been selected, and I was asked to reuse a design from a photo backdrop from a previous year.

This presented two major issues. One, the design had been seen before. Two, the color in the text would clash with almost any background. To solve this, I flattened the text into a single color and applied it over a color splash. This allowed the updated mark to capture motion, communicate from a distance that the event was LGBTQ, and give the graphic new life.

'I Am Utah Pride' in white on a rainbow color splash Old I Am Utah Pride logo, an arrow, and the logo in white on a rainbow color splash Three drag queens on stage with the 2022 Pride logo in the background and people filming on cell phones in the foreground

Event Collateral

The clean aesthetics of the design made application both fun and efficient. The main community advertisement for Pride Week was the poster, which was almost entirely devoid of color except for the splash. This allowed the poster to stand out from others on community boards that used saturated colors to grab attention. Despite having little rainbow, there was no question what the event was for.

While most assets limited color, there was a need for more every so often. There were 14 events over 8 days, so there were several options for tickets. To keep lines moving, I applied full-color backgrounds to help differentiate the tickets. Shirts also had several options, including some for sale and some for volunteers. The most unique shirt was for ASL interpreters, which was blank on the front so as to not obstruct the view of their hands and included branding on the back. We made the decision to use the full-color logo on shirts, and while it was more expensive, we blew through our stock of shirts, hats, tank-tops, and jackets because they were so vibrant.

The brand elements of the splash, bold typography, and white space allowed me to keep social media posts fresh over several months. More importantly, it was easy for volunteers on the marketing team to create on-brand graphics on-the-go. This was especially important during Pride Week, when many of us were sick with COVID.

Two people standing outside holding the Pride poster Several tickets in different colors sitting on a table
Two women wearing shirts with the pride logo
Headshot of artist Inaya Day with a rainbow burst overlayed 2022 Pride logo with the text 'Save the Date — May 29 – June 5 — 14 events, 8 days — March, June 3 — Festival, June 4–5 — Parade, June5' Headshot of artist Bitch with a rainbow burst overlayed

Project Team

Billy Clouse — Freelance Designer

John Johnson — Director of Operations

Ben Carr — Co-CEO

Tanya Hawkins — Co-CEO

Kevin Randall — Public Relations Specialist

Emily Walker — Volunteer Engagement Manager, Pride Week Lead

Two people sitting on the grass with others in the background. One has a pansexual flag wrapped around them and the other has a trans flag wrapped around them Three people stand in front of a crowd and the Utah Capitol building holding a rainbow sign that says 'People Over Politics' Three people hold signs in front of a crowd. The first says 'Error 404: Gender Not Found...', the second says 'Yay 2 B Gay', and the third says 'It's Okay to be Gay!