A couple of years ago, Derrick Weber created a “home” logo within the shape of Oklahoma. Since tornadoes recently swept through Oklahoma, that design has circulated around Facebook and other social media.
This art and similar logos have swept over the Internet as social media avatars, T-shirts and posts. The Oklahoman talked to Weber about his work and how he developed the popular concept.
Weber was born in Minneapolis but moved to Edmond at age 10. He's lived in Tulsa since 2009.
After he was laid off from a clinical research job in 2009, Weber started pursuing photography.
He's been selling fine art prints since about 2010, he said. Currently, he does portrait and concert photography, as well as T-shirt design.
Here, he answers questions, including his feelings about his design being copied, modified and spread on the Internet.
Q. What does Oklahoma mean to you?
A. Oklahoma means community. It means never meeting a stranger. It means someone always willing to lend a helping hand. Other states may have more scenic views or have more exciting things to do, but the people are what make this state truly something special and unique.
Q. Talk about your artwork.
A. I visited my talented photographer/farmer friend, Samantha Lamb, in Hobart in December 2011 and we went to Meers Restaurant and outside the door was a multicolored rock mosaic in the shape of Oklahoma. I took a picture of it with my iPhone and did some editing. I had just bought a text app on my phone and decided the picture needed a little something more. “home.” was then added as a simple, meaningful statement. I made some prints of the design and then a few months later started thinking about turning it into a T-shirt. I didn't have any experience in graphic design or screen printing, so it was a slow process, but I've now been selling the shirts for almost a year and they just recently took off a few months ago as several stores around the state started carrying them and promoting them on their Facebook business pages.
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