Librarians Can Do It!

Last year I had the honor of being the keynote speaker for the Lake Superior Libraries Symposium – it’s a great conference that if you get a chance to attend, then please do! Not only did I keynote, but they asked if I would design a logo for their theme of Advance, Challenge, Transform. After a failed initial design, the conference committee suggested that I go back to what I do best. And I did!
And here’s the result:

Librarians Can Do It universal library logo design that riffs on the famous WWII poster | Hafuboti.com

I shared this image on my social media accounts, and there were requests for merchandise, so I went ahead and added this design to my Society6 shop.

Three examples of the Librarians Can Do It merchandise in Hafuboti's Society6 shop | Hafuboti.com

And as with anything that I post on my blog, it’s under a Creative Commons license. Beyond that, I also ask as an artist that you do not credit me on my minimalist designs (like this one). I feel that it takes away from the impact of the image, and that’s the most important thing to me.

Now go do all the things!!!

Mouse on a Gruffalo

As I was checking in our library’s copy of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s The Gruffalo, I had a sudden inspiration. Then I had to wait until my lunch break to turn the inspiration into a reality. And did I ever make it real!

BEHOLD:

A silly inspiration guaranteed to get the "Guy on a Buffalo" song stuck in your head: it's Mouse on a Gruffalo!!! | Hafuboti.com

If you don’t get the reference, then check out this awesome music video.
Fair Warning: you will get that song stuck in your head.

And you’re welcome to everyone who now has that song stuck in their head. Heh.

Libraries Are For Everyone

One of the bestest-best things that has happened as a result of having this blog is that I get to connect with librarians from all over the world. It’s just flat-out awesome. And sometimes those connections lead to a collaboration like what just recently happened with Julie Syler and Ashley Jones from the Saline County Library in Benton, Arkansas. They were preparing for National Library Legislative Day, and wanted to use my images. One thing led to another and we ended up making some pretty sharp-looking images for the occasion. (coughHUMBLEBRAGcoughcough)

Because we all love to share, we decided to post our creations here for anyone/everyone to use!

Without further ado – click on, download, and use any or all of the following images:

Libraries Are For Everyone sign with a rose background | hafuboti.com

Libraries Are For Everyone sign with an orange background - can be used for National Library Legislative Day or Build a Better World 2017 CSLP theme | hafuboti.com

Libraries Are For Everyone sign with a yellow background - can be used for National Library Legislative Day or Build a Better World 2017 CSLP theme OR as a profile picture | hafuboti.com

Libraries Are For Everyone sign with a green background - can be used for National Library Legislative Day or Build a Better World 2017 CSLP theme OR as a profile picture | hafuboti.com

Libraries Are For Everyone sign with a blue background - can be used for National Library Legislative Day or Build a Better World 2017 CSLP theme OR as a profile picture | hafuboti.com

Libraries Are For Everyone sign with a purple background - can be used for National Library Legislative Day or Build a Better World 2017 CSLP theme OR as a profile picture | hafuboti.com

Libraries Are For Everyone sign with a yellow background with 10 diverse representations of library patrons - can be used for National Library Legislative Day or Build a Better World 2017 CSLP theme OR as a profile picture | hafuboti.com

Get an updated version of the above sign (with global variety) by following this link.

There you have it: something that I would not have done if someone hadn’t reached out to me!  (hint-hint eyebrow wiggle)

I’d love to know if you or your library end up using any or all of these signs either in the comments here, or by emailing me at hafuboti@gmail.com. Otherwise, I just plan on making high-pitched EEP! noises if/when I come across one of these in the wild (like as a profile pic or some such thing).

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THE FREE FONT THAT I USED

A NOTE: My entire blog here is under a Creative Commons Attribute/Share Alike license – so know that I both want and encourage
everyone to download, share, modify, and use my work.

I also want to reiterate what I’ve stated in the past since I can’t make it an exception within the license: I do not want my name (given or business) on my minimalist art. It sort of ruins the clean lines and the message. Just don’t tell people that you’re the creator – I’m fine with you say that it’s by “an awesome Punk Rock Book Jockey blogger” if you can’t recall either of my names. Or write by Hafuboti on the back in pencil if you’re worried about it. Seriously.

I plan on putting this note on the bottom of all of my Libraries Are For Everyone posts so if you’ve read the above paragraph once, then you won’t need to again (unless you really want to).

Build a Better Artwork pt. 3

Grouping of four diverse modified public library symbols | hafuboti.com

I recently realized that I could easily modify my alternative summer programming artwork (here and here) to give a wider variety and make them overall more useful in library land. The way I’d do that would be to take each image and replace what the character was holding with a globe.

I must give a HUGE shout-out to both Angie and  Bryce for brainstorming ideas to represent PWD. These images would not be as diverse if I had not had their help.

There is a subtle difference in these images from their original counterparts: I moved the figures so that all would line up along the bottom line of their arms. The thought was that if you line them up, then they’d have a nice flow and their diverseness would be even more obvious.

Feel free to click on and download any or all of these and use them throughout your library, as profile pictures, buttons, etc.

Modified public library logo featuring a yellow background and an elderly person holds the world instead of a book | hafuboti.com

Modified public library logo featuring a burnt orange background featuring a First Nation man holding the Earth | hafuboti.com

Alternate library logo featuring an African-American girl holding a globe on a purple background | hafuboti.com

A different take on the universal public library logo featuring a person holding the planet on a golden background | hafuboti.com

An awesome African-American woman holds the world on this alternative public library logo | hafuboti.com

An edgy person with a cochlear implant holds the world in a special version of the universal public library image | hafuboti.com

A person in a reclining wheelchair looks at an assistive device that displays the planet Earth | hafuboti.com

Homage to the public library logo featuring a woman wearing a hijab while gazing at the planet | hafuboti.com

Library logo featuring an African-American male with a hearing aid and an epic fade holding the planet vs. a book | hafuboti.com

A female with a tracheotomy holds the world in this modified universal public library symbol | hafuboti.com

As always, if you feel that I have misrepresented or made any unintentional errors in any of my artwork, then please let me know.

Also please consider sending me a thank you donation for sharing this artwork. These look simple, but as anyone who does minimalist work knows, it’s deceptively difficult. For example: the female engineer took about 16 hours to complete. Seriously. So thank you for your thank you if you choose to thank me!

Build a Better Artwork pt. 2

If you’re a librarian or a Punk Rock Book Jockey prepping for the upcoming CSLP theme of Build a Better World, and you don’t want to use the artwork provided (or want to beef up what’s provided), then do I have some art for you! Also, don’t feel limited by this summer’s theme with these images. Please feel free to use any and all of these to support libraries!

Be sure to check out Part One here.

I must give a HUGE shout-out to both Angie and  Bryce for brainstorming ideas to represent PWD. These images would not be as diverse if I had not had their help.

Also!

I will be posting a bonus set of images very soon! I realized that there was an easy Photoshop tweak to up the usefulness of this artwork. Heh.

And here they are!

Feel free to click on any and all of the following images to get a super-high-res version that you can download and use:

Quadriplegic or PWD person in a reclining wheelchair looking at a assistive device that displays a house | hafuboti.com

African American man with a hearing aid holding a potted plant for Build a Better World and more | hafuboti.com

Girl with tracheotomy holding the recycle symbol Build a Better World and more for public libraries | hafuboti.com

A chemotherapy patient or an Orthodox Jewish woman holding the world wide web or internet symbol | hafuboti.com

An African American woman holding a compass for Build a Better World or anything else for public libraries | hafuboti.com

huge thank you to all my friends for their feedback on each of these images. This time around I sought opinions on potential issues before posting in case I made an unintentionally insensitive image. That said: if we all failed to catch something, then please let me know either in the comments or via email at hafuboti@gmail.com.

Finally, it’s very appreciated, though not required to send me a thank you donation for sharing my artwork. Just click on the donation link on the sidebar of this site and you’ll be taken to my Paypal.