Gaga over daughter’s Digging logos


My daughter surprised me with these absolutely charming logos for Digging, which she created for a graphic design project at school. I think she gets me and my blog, don’t you? This one’s her favorite and mine. She put Moby, my favorite agave, in a wheelbarrow — where I go, he goes.


A classic agave-in-bloom is always good, of course!


This one, of two plants in cylindrical containers, is my second favorite. Does it look familiar to you?


It’s a representation of our entry garden! That’s my toothless sotol (Dasylirion longissimum) in the tall steel planter and a ‘Jaws’ agave in the short one. She really captured it, didn’t she?

Agaves and other architectural plants lend themselves to graphic illustration, as she was quick to recognize. It would have been a much harder project if I grew only “soft” plants like salvia and other flowering perennials. She can thank me later.

I kid. Actually, Julia, thank YOU for these fun, eye-catching logos! So, does anyone need a young, up-and-coming graphic designer?

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57 Responses

  1. Wow. Impressive work, Julia. Very sophisticated and totally appropriate for your “client!” Well done.

  2. Jean says:

    She did really great work! I like them all. Remind me again about Zilker Garden Fest. I’ll be there that weekend and staying within walking distance. :-)

  3. Wonderful!
    She did a great job!

  4. Aren’t you lucky to have such a talented daughter/designer! Very cool indeed.

  5. Alison says:

    She did an excellent job! I love the first one, the Agave in the wheelbarrow. And I immediately recognized the Laurel and Hardy containers as representative of your front garden.

  6. Carolyn Rubin says:

    Wow! She’s talented like her mom! It would be tough for me to pick a favorite. Great job!

  7. Kate Edwards says:

    Actually, I do need a logo for my about-to-go-live blog and I like what your daughter has done with these. Can you pass my email on to Julia and ask her to contact me? Does she have a portfolio she can send along as well?

    • Pam/Digging says:

      Kate, I’m sure she’ll be bowled over by your interest. She’s a high school student and still learning about graphic design. But I agree she has a good sense of it. I’ll talk to her to see if she’s able to do this sort of thing at home (her Digging project was done for a school project on school software). If so, and if she’s interested, I’ll email you. —Pam

      • Kate Edwards says:

        Great–thank you. Hopefully we can work something out–although I do understand how the software accessibility issue might be a problem.

  8. Wow…I love them all! (Nice work Julia!) The last one, with the pair of containers is my favorite.

  9. peter schaar says:

    Nice work, Julia! My younger daughter worked as a graphic artist before she became a foreign service officer, so I appreciate the skill you have at this early stage of your working life.

  10. deb says:

    So talented!!!

  11. Clearly she has inherited your talent for design and color combinations. I love all of them but the wheel barrow is my fav!

  12. Diana Studer says:

    Laurel and Hardy is unmistakeably YOUR garden.
    Moby I imagine as spikier. I still shudder when I remember your posts about moving him. Rather you than me!

  13. rickii says:

    You couldn’t go wrong pressing any one of these into service…will you?

    • Pam/Digging says:

      I’m using the wheelbarrow one on my About Pam page already, and I’ve added it to my email subscription feed. I may yet find uses for the others as well. —Pam

  14. Jenn B says:

    These are great! And the color scheme is on point!

  15. They are all fabulous.

  16. Rock on, Julia! Your daughter is multi-talented, that is for sure. Love her designs!

  17. Renee says:

    How fun! They all look very much like “your garden”, which is a great skill for a graphic designer to have.

  18. Kris P says:

    Very well done Julia!

  19. Layanee says:

    Love the logos. That girl has talent.

  20. Heather/xericstyle says:

    Amazing job!!!!! …and your words about her “getting you”…and your blog….VERY SPECIAL….so touching. :)

    • Pam/Digging says:

      She’s my garden girl, Heather. She’s always had an interest in the garden and has willingly gone with me on many a garden tour. I’m glad to see her interest reflected in her art. —Pam

  21. Lauren says:

    Well they’re all great. The second one is beautiful. And cute. And edgy. But the first one seems a little more.. personal and thus cool and thus where I give my vote :)

  22. Noelle says:

    Hi Pam,

    Oh, my goodness…she is so talented and they really do describe your personality and garden mission. I love them all, but I think the first one goes best with the name of your blog since hauling an agave around implies that you will be digging in the garden :-)

  23. Evan says:

    An eye for design must run in the family! Julia did great work! The ability to connect with the aesthetics of the client isn’t something everyone has. Very impressive.

  24. Chris says:

    I love them all, but the wheelbarrow image is most unique if you’re thinking of “branding”.
    Good to have a talented child!

  25. Les says:

    Apparently talent runs in the family.

  26. These are great Julia!! The first 2 are my favorites. I went to trade school for graphic design and it was so much fun. You have a great talent for this, whether you make it a career or a hobby!

  27. You have a really talented daughter who also seems to really gets YOU, a rarity in teenagers. That may just be due to superior mothering.

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