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St. Francois redesigns his seal because everyone made fun of it

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  • St. Francois Amt
  • But what is there really not to like?

Like the dive-bombing bald eagle in its (sort of) center, the official seal of St. Francois County misplaced in so many ways – and for days, thousands of internet strangers have rejoiced in cataloging them.

And can you blame them? There is a jumble of images that are fun-oriented to fit (mostly) within the blue border; above, it appears that the formatting of the text for “The Great Seal of St. Francois County” is attempting to rise and escape from the rest of the seal; and just looking at the thing for more than a few seconds gives a kind of sick-sick nausea, for this seal is an * experience * and that experience is chaos.

And in order not to assume that these are just some .jpg floating around on the county’s website, you need to be aware: It’s genuine, and it’s spectacular.

But while the above tweet describes the seal as brand new, it is not the case: As reported in Park Hills Daily Journal, the seal was unveiled during a 2018 State of the County speech given by its creator, President of Commissioner Harold Gallaher, who took credit for the design during his speech: “With some simple software, I brought this new one up and we have adopted it now as our county seal. ”

Three years later, St. Francois County get a new seal. Gallaher, who is still a commissioner and in the 70s, spoke to a St. Francois County Commission at a general meeting this week. He acknowledged a “fever pitch on social media about the county seal” and announced that the county is looking at ways to redesign his self-confessed slapdash work.

“It was an emergency deal a long time ago,” he said Journalens report on Tuesday’s meeting. “I had two days for the public to come up with a seal, and my design is proof that I’m not artistically inclined.”

But even though his graphic design skills may have lacked technical polish, the result captured Internet users who could only look at the seal, squint and wonder – how is this real?

On Reddit, the seal hit the front page of the site over the weekend. Days later, user wtf703 was kind enough to completely redesign the seal so that the eagle does not fall into an abyss; the redesign made the bible / cross combination even more pronounced because this designer is a complete professional who understands what their customer wants.

It was not only Reddit that participated in the fun: On Twitter, many users responded with references to the meme “Graphic Design Is My Passion”.

But no web community jumped out more profusely in redesigning the seal than the good weirdos at Fark, where users created a series of updated seals – several involving new interpretations of the word “seal” – that both capture the spirit of the original while being on a somehow, even worse.

They are all amazing and awful. This is our favorite:

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It is "Eagles and flags too" it really seals the deal for us.  - FARK / WEST.LA.ADVOKAT

  • FARK / west.la.advokat
  • It is “Also eagles and flags” that really seals the deal for us.

But if St. Citizens of Francois hope the official redesign gets better, they may have to put their hopes in yet another amateur: During Tuesday’s commission meeting, Journal reported that Gallaher said he did not want any tax money spent on the redesign – and instead a competition will be organized in the coming weeks.

“I want it to be better than the seal we have now,” he said, “which would be a slam dunk.”

Follow Danny Wicentowski on Twitter at
@D_Towski. Send an email to the author at Danny.Wicentowski@RiverfrontTimes.com

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