I feel I must write an epitaph for a pro bono logo I designed in 1992.
On Friday, the Office of the Arizona Attorney General announced the rollout of a new seal.
I’m quite certain no one at the office remembers when or who designed the old one, citing “many years” since a “significant update,” but it was me.
I remember working on the old seal with Grant Woods. As seals go, a 23-year untouched run is pretty good. For that, I am grateful. Designers will appreciate that I used Adobe Illustrator 88 to design the seal, the very first version of Adobe Illustrator that revolutionized our trade. Talk about “way back!”
I remember the importance and iconography of every aspect of the old seal, especially Lady Justice with the blindfold, the tagline, and the border pattern that honored our state heritage. I must have sketched 30 different patterns before we decided on the one to be used.
I remember seeing her on the backdrop every time Tom Horne gave a press conference, and I was comforted by her presence watching over the office.
I’m not bitter about the change, just highly observant. As fate would have it, the book has been replaced by the sword. We all know that never ends well.
Ironically, I also carry a sword of sorts now, all these years later, as a mom and governing board member, working tirelessly pro bono to support and protect Arizona’s classrooms – and feeling a bit adversarial toward an AG’s Office that seems disinterested in upholding the will of the voters and the Arizona constitution that promised an equal and ever-improving education system for our youngsters.
With maturity, I have learned that justice is hardly blind. It is bent, and only through our individual actions and involvement can we uphold the scales of justice.
To everything there is a season.
Even though Lady Justice of the old seal no longer watches over the Attorney General’s office, I still do.
We all must.
-Cynthia Weiss, among other activities, is a member of the Cave Creek Unified School District governing board.