CHE’s website and logo have been renewed and relaunched for our 50th anniversary in 2022.
The CHE would like to extend a warm THANK YOU to the Media Co-op for their fantastic work.
They have been working hard over many months, in partnership with CHE workers and members to ensure that their designs honour CHE’s heritage and values while giving our organisation a fresh appearance. We love the results, and hope that you do too!
Neil McGuire worked with CHE on a more contemporary logo which honoured CHE’s heritage and kept the main components: the triquetra with the incomplete point. The purple, deep turquoise and red are references to Scottish heather and marine landscapes and the red sandstone of Glasgow tenements.
The symbolism of the incomplete Celtic triquetra used in the logo is deeply meaningful for the Centre. Incorporated into our beloved CHE table, it is described here by CHE Fellow Alastair McIntosh, in his obituary for crofter and land reform pioneer Tom Forysth (1930-2018), who was involved in its construction:
Our dear friend Tom led our students in a two year-long project of building a magnificent oval elmwood table for our gatherings or, as he encouraged us to call them, our “sharings”. At its heart lies the Celtic triptych, the Centre’s logo inlaid in black bog oak of some five thousand years in age that he had found somewhere near Faslane. Its swirling energy, in such a contrast with the nuclear holocaust that the Faslane submarine base today evokes, suggests that symphony of soil, soul and society. Also, the H2O of the water molecule, the hazel nut cluster, the Holy Trinity, or the Goddess in her triple phases as the maiden, mother and the venerated crone. There is a deliberate break in how we crafted that symbol; a portion not inlaid, as if left incomplete. It represents the truth that not all is conscious, fully born or perfected in its fleeting sojourn in this world.
In recent years, this symbol has continued to inspire our work and values and take on new associations: Patrick Geddes’ ‘head, heart and hand’ and ‘folk, work, place’ framings, the Platonic ideals of the Good, the True and the Beautiful, and many more. What does it evoke for you?
The current version of the logo, with the number ’50’ incorporated into it, is a special edition to honour CHE’s 50th anniversary.
Neil Scott worked on CHE’s new website. We love the new fresh look and how easy to navigate it is. The site is still a work in progress as we are continually updating and improving it, including with more content from CHE’s fifty years of history- as well as information about our future activities.
Special thanks go to the Media Co-op’s Cat Robertson, who helped us through the whole process, and to CHE member Alvaro Huertas and former Director Paul Stevens for working on the website in the early stages. Thanks also to Glasgow City Council for their business support funding which enabled this work.