Recent Utah State Grad Designs New Look For "49ers"
Thursday, Sep. 08, 2005
Utah State University graduate and graphic designer Ben Barnes.
Designed by USU graduate Ben Barnes, the new 49ers wordmark appears in the end zone of Monster Park.
Alex Smith and Steve Young aren't Utah's only connection to the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers unveiled a new wordmark in the end zones of Monster Park Aug. 13, and Utah State University graduate Ben Barnes is the graphic designer behind the new look.
"It is so cool to see my design on the 49ers field and pictures of it in chat rooms with sports fans talking about it," said Barnes.
When Barnes graduated in the spring of 2004 he sent resumes and his portfolios to all of the major sports design companies, and RARE Design responded. From there, he was given the test project of working on the 2005 Major League Soccer Cup logo and his design was chosen by MLS.
Barnes was then given the assignment to work on the 49ers project as a freelancer for RARE Design, winner of the San Francisco bid.
"The team wanted to update the old West look of the 49ers element of its identity," said Rodney Richardson, president of RARE Design. "They wanted the look to match the modern feel of the SF logo without straying too far from tradition, and I thought Ben was the perfect designer to help us meet that challenge."
Barnes has designed sports logos for Rickabaugh Graphics, Florida Atlantic University, and is working on a project for University of Southern Mississippi. His work can be seen at his Web site