Thursday, March 4, 2010

Better Late Than Never

Long before becoming a visual effects artist, my brother, Steve Price, went to Buffalo Grove High School. And it was during his senior year that he was tasked with designing the cover of the yearbook. I’m not sure if he came up with the idea of modeling the yearbook after the board game Life but it wouldn’t have been unusual for his creative personality. I do know he put forth a lot of effort to make a pretty cool cover design, artwork and captions for the game. What makes the design special is that it truly captures the spirit of high school life at Buffalo Grove during those days.

Of course, only people who were staff or students during the 1979 school year (or had siblings who were) had a chance to see the yearbook. For that reason I’ve posted copies of Steve’s work here for others to view. Click on the image for a closer view.

There is an ironic side story that goes with the yearbook. It seems the Editor-in-chief, Nancy Wetzell, was disappointed with the lack participation of the student body in the effort to produce the yearbook that year (apparently a number of students quit during the school year) and in the Editor’s Statement wrote, “Students should be more willing to give of themselves and their talents for the betterment of the entire school.”

Well, having watched Steve work on the cover I think that would have applied to him. However, the funny thing is the one person who wasn’t credited for working on the book was Steve. In fact, the only sign Steve worked on the cover was his signature on the back cover image. So, I guess, I’m giving him his proper credit now.