What’s My Logo?

I am the chairperson of the regulatory and licensing board for psychologists in my state. We are all appointed by the governor. They are entirely volunteer positions. We receive no remuneration for our services. The Board is self funded by fees our licensees pay, and those fees mainly go toward secretarial and legal services. There are only seven of us on our Board, as well as a secretary from an agency we contract for services. I am proud of the work we do protecting the public and efficiently licensing providers in our state.

Our Board must abide by State procurement rules for acquiring goods and services. Because of my role as chairperson, I get all the emails from the Office of Management and Budget Procurement Office that the head of every State agency receives. I was tickled last week to get an unintentionally funny email from the Procurement Office asking if we were interested in purchasing clothing for our agency that had our logo on it. If we were, the Procurement Office would send us a list of vendors who could provide the clothing and logos at State approved rates. They suggested we set up a room where employees/members could go to purchase the clothing. I should mention that we don’t have a logo.

Husband thought we should order berets. (He is the Board complaint investigator by virtue of being married to me, and the Board not having anyone else who would do it pro bono. ) I thought mortar boards would be fun. I also thought our logo could be a brain with lightening bolts coming out it. As there are so few of us, though, it probably wouldn’t be cost effective to put in an order.

Did you ever wear special clothing for your workplace? What do you want your logo to be?

38 thoughts on “What’s My Logo?”

  1. I rarely wear clothing with visible logos on it, even those of the designer or manufacturer. I don’t wear t-shirts with mottoes on them or buttons with slogans. There are no bumper stickers on my car. I’ve never been required to wear a uniform, at least not since high school marching band.
    I do have a cap given to me by the Ampersand Club, to which I belong. It’s black with an ampersand on it. I wear that sometimes.

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      1. It’s made up of book artists, small press printers, book collectors, book sellers, authors and people interested in those things. The club itself has been around for a long time—maybe 80 years. We have a monthly meeting from fall to spring then break for the summer.

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  2. Rise and Shine, Baboons,

    Given my impending retirement, I would like a recliner and a cup of coffee as my logo. But I will not wear a uniform for this duty.

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  3. My latest uniform is a red t-shirt with “WAC” (Winona Arts Center) Logo in black – I was a volunteer for Free Ink Day, when kids and adults can come to make monoprints on our press.

    I also have volunteer t-shirts from Frozen River Film Festival gigs. For the classier festivals like Beethoven and Shakespeare, they usually require the black-bottoms-with-white-tops uniform… I remember for some choral concerts we wore black bottoms and brightly colored tops – that was a nice change of pace, and made for great photos.

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  4. OT: verily sherrilee, I do own the book about Thor–I won an Amazon gift card from work and used that to buy it. I’ll make a note that you want to read it!

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  5. Over the years at the hospital, my uniform changed several times. Initially white dress uniform with white hose & shoes, followed by white pantsuit & white shoes. Next up was white pants with a colorful uniform top. Moving from pediatrics to the NICU the uniform was white scrub dress with white hose & shoes. That was followed by surgical green scrub dresses and later, green scrubs (pants and tops). The final uniform was blue scrubs. I was never a fan of the white uniforms but loved wearing scrubs – felt like working in comfortable pajamas.

    I wore band uniforms in high school – gray and black wool for football marching band and school concerts, blue shorts with white short sleeve shirts and plaid cummerbunds for summer marching band.

    The only logo tee shirts I had were for the Red Ribbon Rides. I was a member of a pit stop medical team for several years.

    My church choir uniform is black clothing worn with a colorful stole (different colors for the various liturgical seasons). As a children’s choir accompanist, I wear all black.

    As to personal logo – probably something related to music/piano.

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  6. In retirement, as I cycle through avocations and interests, any logo I might choose would have to change about every 24 months, if not more frequently. That could add up to quite a closet full of berets!

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  7. My logo is the French taunter from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
    My employer, AXIS, gave out t-shirts with a bunch of stuff printed on the back. I just now counted 7 different fonts with 4 colors.
    Flooring Expert ( in italics font)
    In block letters is OUR MISSION STATEMENT: “Our pledge is to provide extraordinary customer service, demonstrate exceptional quality workmanship and establish long-lasting relationships with our clients by gaining their trust through performance by every dedicated member of our team.”
    My keypad anticipates the next word to type and it did that on 4 occasions! Corporate Gibberish?
    Too much! But they came in safety green, safety orange, aquamarine and pink (breast cancer).

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  8. I work for a state agency, and I expect that the director of my agency will want to get logo wear for us to purchase. I don’t think I would get anything to wear to work, maybe just a sweatshirt for casual wear. Perhaps a natty lab coat would empsize my role as a “scientist-practioner”. It might frighten my child clients, though, as they might fear I would give them shots!

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  9. Uniforms, more or less formal, have been a sporadic part of my life since second grade at the boarding school. I’m not counting the nun’s habit (scavenged from the dirty laundry basket) that I wore for the daily sweeping of the attic floor.

    There were a couple of waitressing “uniforms,” nothing very formal. The children’s hospital in Basel provided the uniforms for their “housekeeping” staff.

    I had to wear two different uniforms while working for the Danish diplomatic family in Moscow. One for cleaning and cooking, and another for serving meals when they had dinner guests. Thankfully it didn’t include a silly little white cap. Ugh! The pretense of this makes me shudder, and think of Downton Abbey.

    Prior to working in the hospital in Basel, my plan was to become a nurse. I liked the idea of taking care of people, and I’ll have to admit it, I also thought those perky white caps nurses wore at the time were cool. The nun’s habit was also a major appeal when, for a short while, I wanted to become a nun. As it turned out, I’m ill suited to both of those professions, if can call being a nun a profession.

    My first job in Minneapolis was at Northerwestern Hospital (prior to the merger with Abbott) as a food service supervisor. It required white dresses and shoes. Mine were all bought at Goodwill.

    Working as a volunteer for various folk festivals sponsored by the Minnesota Folk Festivals I’ve accumulated quite the treasure trove of t-shirts. Another volunteer gig was serving as a host to a team of Danish Special Olympics athletes. All volunteers, there were thousands, wore pink t-shirts that made them easy to identify. By the end of the Special Olympics we were all sick of them. Years later, I was wearing my Special Olympics t-shirt under a sweatshirt at the downtown farmers’ market when I spotted a man wearing that same pink t-shirt. As the man approached, I hoisted up the front of my sweatshirt so he could see my pink t-shirt and our common bond. The horrified look on his face made me realize that I had accidentally hoisted up not just the sweatshirt but the t-shirt as well. When I realized my mistake, I collapsed in laughter, and he did too. “That’s quite the salute,” he said as he moved on. 


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  10. Football uniforms of course. But I have never owned any kind of sports shirts for any sport to wear otherwise, except many years ago Sandra bought me a hooded Twins sweat shirt. It is very heavy. It is just too hot to wear much of anywhere. It is still almost pristine. Not fond of the fact it has a sports logo.
    Not sure I ever had a job that required a uniform except a hard had and steel toes.
    I have a few sweat shirts that have place names on them and have worn out several, one from Medora. Now I have Split Rock Lighthouse I wear to the memory unit. Every time it evokes happy memories from four residents, not Sandy. I have a Castle Danger one I like because the lettering is so small. And two U of Chi ones, but none from the two places from which I did graduate. The lettering on both are very modest as well. I have an old one with large lettering from Barrow, Alaska. I should order one with its new Inupiak name, but I do not know how to pronounce it.
    I had a boy in home room for four years who only wore sports shirts of various kinds, football, hockey, baseball ( his 3 sports ) but also soccer , basketball, and others. I kept challenging him to wear a shirt with no number on it and with a collar. So the last day of school of his senior year he came in a tux.

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  11. We were visiting Menominee Wisconsin for some reason and it happened to be a weekend where a lot of parents of the college students were in town. It was amusing to see many oversized parental units in sweatshirts with “Stout” emblazoned across their fronts.

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      1. The only college sweat shirt I have ever owned, and which I wore for years since in was attractive and of very good quality, was a Macalester College sweatshirt that I had bought at a yard sale. Except for attending various concerts, readings, art exhibits and festivals there, I don’t have any affiliation with the school. It was fun, though, in various places to be greeted by people I met along the way who were alums of Macalester, and who erroneously made the assumption that I was one too. No matter, it was always a friendly exchange. I believe one of the baboons graduated from there, Anna perhaps?

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        1. My cousin was a librarian at Macalaster before he hit the big time at Ohio State.


        2. Navy blue with Macalester embroidered across the front in different colored letters. It was a really good quality sweatshirt. I didn’t realize until I had bought it that it had pretty good sized hole, perhaps an inch in diameter on one arm, I figured that made it look more artsy fartsy, so I never bothered to repair it. It was a deal for a couple of bucks.

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  12. I think my logo should be a pair of jeans; that’s the one constant in my wardrobe since I was in high school.

    I have a uniform this week – a pair of stretched out black leggings and a favorite royal blue sweatshirt that I found in the back of the closet. I have worn this every day that it’s been cool lately, at least until I need to go somewhere and look more presentable.

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  13. I have several pieces of Concordia gear-two sweatshirts and sweatpants. I also have a couple of Jackrabbit shirts from Brookings. Daughter knows a troup of very short brothers in Tacoma and they all wanted some shirts from her high school here whose teams are called The Midgets.

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  14. I don’t have any trouble wearing logos as long as they represent companies I like. For the past 12 years my company has done a summer promotion called “Summer of Love”… there isn’t a free t-shirt for every year but I have them all (they were free). Most of my other t-shirts have artwork that is either funny, nerdy or advertises places I’ve been. Got a new one from the Jurassic park ranch that YA and I visited in December. Or are State Fair t-shirts; I have an embarassing number of those!

    Couple of waitressing jobs required uniforms. And my bakery job didn’t require decorators to wear uniforms but I always did because the company collected the uniforms and washed them – I’m all about somebody else doing laundry. Had to wear a uniform a couple of times when I worked as staff on travel programs.

    My current uniform has just changed from sweatpants, t-shirts and fat socks to shorts, t-shirts and zorries. Finally!

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  15. I have T-shirts from several volunteer gigs – Prepare & Prosper, Fix-It Clinics, and Minnesota Humane Society.

    After working for Intuit for three seasons, I decided to get a couple of Intuit shirts that were offered for free. They haven’t arrived yet. I’m kinda having second thoughts about requesting them – as a rule, I’m not keen on companies putting their logos on a bunch of stuff that is essentially worthless on the secondary market, and will likely end up in a landfill before too long.

    I have a hoodie that I got at a garage sale a few years ago that had a small square Wells Fargo logo on it. The logo happened to be a perfect size to be covered up by a small square Rock Bend Folk Festival pin, so the hoodie gets a reprieve from the landfill for a little while.

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  16. I’ve gotten a lot of free T-shirts / swag from theater vendors. But I don’t often wear T-shirts out in public because I need my pockets (and pencil) when I’m at work. But I wear them at home often. (yes, with the sleeves cut off and necks cut open. Except in winter).
    And I have my seed / implement dealer hats.

    Wednesday I’ll be wearing my college uniform; Black shirt with sleeves, with the college logo on the breast. I had them specially made. And I need permission and special forms to order clothing. I’ve had T-shirts made for cast and crew people; got a box of various sizes under my desk. They say “RCTC STRIKE FORCE” because ‘strike’ is what you call it when the show is over and you take the set down. And I give T-shirts out at strike.

    Once, way back when, a friend was at some event and the staff of the event had T-shirts that read “OBEY ME” so he got T-shirts and used fabric paint to make his own strike T-shirts that said “OBEY ME”.

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  17. tim, you asked if I was using anhydrous ammonia. The price got so high last year I had the coop use urea instead. Same thing this year. I have an anhydrous applicator and I never minded doing it; in fact I kinda liked it. But it is nasty stuff and you better pay attention when using it.

    Any particular reason you asked?


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