Posted: July 21, 2000
Wherever you look during this week's U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials you can see the handiwork of CSUS alumnus Missy Anapolsky. The graphic designer and part-time faculty member designed the eye-catching logo that graces everything from I.D. badges to the award platform.
Anapolsky graduated from CSUS in 1994 with a degree in graphic design. She and her partner, CSUS alumnus Crystal Weber, spent three years preparing for the Trials.
Her agency Circle Design first got involved in the Trials when they designed the bid packets the Sacramento Sports Commission used to help land the Trials in 1998. The firm's involvement with the Trials bid and the commission paid off when they were awarded the design contract for the July 2000 event.
Anapolsky's group designed all the print material for the event such as sponsor brochures, ticket packets, billboard advertising, posters, tickets and program covers as well as the banners and signage at Hornet Stadium, the airport and the freeway.
She says designing the logo was a challenge because she wanted to invoke the symbolism of the Olympic rings - without using the actual rings, which have stringent copyright restrictions. Another challenge was the event's long official name "2000 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Track and Field." After presenting several potential designs to the Sports Commission, the commission chose a winner, which featured a stylized star and red, white and blue "ring."
Anapolsky says when she was creating the logo, she was trying for a representation of movement. And she thinks she succeeded with the final product. "It looks to us like a runner taking a victory lap," she says.
Seeing her design plastered all over Sacramento was pretty overwhelming at first, Anapolsky says. But as the event got closer it didn't shock her anymore.
"It was pretty exciting, especially thinking it would be on national TV," she says. "But sometimes it felt like I lived and breathed the Trials. I was so close to it I couldn't quite get a sense of how big it was."
During the Trials, Anapolsky is at the stadium regularly to make sure all the signage is in place. She is also taking in some of the events. "I'm somewhat of a track fan, partly through osmosis," she says, laughing.
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