It’s in the details… 


It’s completely plausible that someone could work for HEBFF for a while and not have heard of The Mosaic Circle: the name for a small cohort of our donors who love the Foundation and its programs and who are consistently able to donate to the Foundation at a certain level. Their communications are handled in an appropriately special way, and that includes having their own logo, which was recently updated.

Originally created in 2012 as a mosaic representation of the Symbol of the Congress of the Laity (the mark also known as the Laity Lodge symbol), we updated the Mosaic Circle logo in 2014 to reflect the new direction the HEBFF logo had taken.

Screenshot 2016-08-17 13.44.40I was saving out the final digital files for the Mosaic Circle earlier this month when I realized that most of us would never get a close-up look at all the little mosaic tiles which make up the logo. I zoomed in, took a few screen captures, and set about creating this post to give you and me a tighter view (below).

The logo is made up of 1370 individual tiles or tesserae (581 dark blue tiles and 789 light blue tiles. No, I didn’t count them by hand. Adobe Illustrator—the application in which the logo was created—can tell me how many objects I have selected at a time). Each tile is randomly rotated between 0º and 12º (by using Illustrator’s Transform Each command) in order to simulate the imperfect look of actual tile-work. The logo symbolizes the contributions of many smaller pieces which come together to make a cohesive whole.

Unlike the rest of the HEBFF family of logos, the Mosaic Circle is meant to only be used at actual size or larger. Because of its fine detail, it should never be reproduced smaller than 0.75″ x 0.75” when printed, and should never be reproduced smaller than 100 X 100 pixels on screen.