We’ve always gotten along swimmingly with Eagle Scouts. Perhaps it’s their ambition and drive, or simply their jaunty kerchiefs and appreciation for a well-designed badge. In any case, a 17-year-old Eagle Scout is behind the new logo for the Boy Scouts of America, which is gearing up for its centennial celebration in 2010. Philip Goolkasian, a high school senior from Fresno, worked with Pentagram‘s Kit Hinrichs (an Eagle Scout himself who helped to judge entries in the BSA’s logo design competition) to fine tune the logo, which, according to the Associated Press:
…features “BSA” in bold letters with an eagle in full flight reversed out. The date 2010 appears in smaller type, with a fleur-de-lis superimposed over the first zero.[Hinrichs] praised the design for leading the viewer’s eye from the BSA name to the eagle to the date while keeping a clean, simple look. “It’s amazingly professional for someone who is only 17,” Hinrichs said. “It is very rare that you get someone who understands the order in which people see things.”
Goolkasian said it just seemed natural — the eagle’s head fit into the center of his design, and the extended wings reached out to each side.
As for what the future holds for Goolkasian, the AP notes that “he loves graphic design and wants to become an architect.”