Introducing … the Prairie View Buffalo!
Enid Buzz would like to announce the introduction of the Prairie View Buffalo! We feel pretty close to this character because Enid Buzz owner Curtis Tucker was actually the creator of the design. On top of running Enid Buzz Curtis is a cartoonist and graphic designer. Work on this design began early in the year and with a few tweaks and direction from Amber Graham Fitzgerald a fun character was created for the school.
The PV Buffalo was created to be fun and kid friendly but also to emulate a professional and competitive edge. The intent was to design a mascot that was an animal but acted and moved like a human. The new buffalo stands upright, has hands and wears green sneakers. Curtis was given a guideline on color choices and went with a deep green and navy blue logo design.
We hope the students of Prairie View enjoy the mascot for years to come. You can see the design files below along with the official Enid Public School press release.
The students of Prairie View Elementary have a new school and — thanks to a creative local artist — a new mascot. Last year, residents helped the district select a mascot name for the school. Now, their selection – the Buffalo – is a reality.
Enid cartoonist Curtis Tucker created the buffalo’s image, which will now be used for the school’s website, printed materials, t-shirts and more. Students will help name the buffalo after the school year begins. Curtis attended McKinley grade school and graduated from Enid High in 1981.
“Curtis is amazingly talented and imaginative, and his work is known across the nation. His buffalo design is the perfect balance of professional and child-friendly, just like Prairie View will be,” said Amber Graham Fitzgerald, Director of Human Resources and Communication. “It was icing on the cake that an Enid High School graduate could be the creative force behind Enid’s newest mascot.”
Tucker, a former advertising director, began his cartooning career in 1989. Known as “that sneaker wearing entrepreneurial cartoonist internet guy,” he now owns Shaggy Duck Studios, which is made up of many smaller niche companies. His creative genius can be found in websites, blogs, company logos, greeting cards and more.
Prairie View, Enid’s first new school since 1963, will open its doors to students Wednesday. Last spring, more than 2,000 students and community members submitted entries for the Prairie View Who? mascot search. The district announced the selection of the Buffalo as the mascot during the building’s groundbreaking ceremony in May 2011.
The building, located near the corner of Willow and Garland, features first-class educational resources, rich materials, natural light and colors reminiscent of the plains. The 2010 bond issue funded construction of the building, which will provide additional classroom space for EPS’ growing enrollment.
The community is invited to tour the new building on August 28 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The new Garfield Elementary School, located near the corner of 7th Street and Elm, will be open for the public as well.