KODIAK — David Anderson never played on Joe Floyd Track and Field’s new artificial turf, but the former Kodiak football player has left his mark on the multimillion-dollar field.
Anderson, a 2012 Kodiak High School graduate, is the artist behind the bear logo that covers the middle of the field. When he designed the logo during his senior year, he didn’t realize it would end up on Kodiak’s new playing surface.
“It was a complete and utter surprise to me,” Anderson said. “I am honored. How often do you get to make something that everybody will see and enjoy?”
Anderson, a freshman at Wisconsin Lutheran College, visited Kodiak during his school’s winter break and saw his work for the first time last Monday. He was blown away with the fierce-looking blue, gold and white bear he calls “his baby.”
Anderson, a graphic design student, has always been fascinated with logos. Whenever he travels, he comes home with a camera memory card full of logos. So, it’s no surprise he set out to create a new logo for Kodiak High School before he graduated.
“I just thought with a new high school we should have a new unified logo,” he said. “Something for our sports and something that is not outdated.”
Kodiak’s two most-used logos are a chipmunk-looking Bear from the school’s earlier years and a Godfrey Agamata-designed bear that greets fans entering the school’s gym.
With the help of Kodiak High multimedia teacher Matt Bieber, Anderson researched logo designs and after a month of work came up with his final product.
He did all of his work on Adobe Illustrator and said he was inspired by East Coast Hockey League logos.
“I just starting playing with shapes, forming shapes and distorting shapes,” Anderson said. “I hope it is more edgy. That was what I was going for. I wanted to give us our identity.”
Anderson just thought his logo would be used on sports programs and shirts, but former City of Kodiak Parks and Recreation director Ian Fulp liked the logo so much that he submitted it to contractors to be put on the field.
“I thought it looked pretty neat on the program,” Fulp said.
Fulp said the logo he saw was black and white, so color had to be added.
At Wisconsin Lutheran, Anderson played three games for the junior varsity football team. He led the team with 124 yards on five receptions.
“It is a lot more mentally challenging,” Anderson said. “I learned more in a week, playbook-wise, than I did my three years here.”
Anderson said he could play on the varsity team next season as a tight end.
“They (coaches) were pleasantly surprised at where I ended up,” Anderson said.
Information from: Kodiak (Alaska) Daily Mirror, http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com