A year ago Kirkland dog owners were invited to join Kirkland Off-Leash Dog Groupâ€™s Education Committee, a committee tasked with developing a park logo, rules for our park, signage, educational information for our website, and Â Dog Park Safety seminars. Â The committee was fortunate to be introduced to Â Matt Opsahl last spring, son of KDOG volunteers, Dr. and Mrs. Michael Opsahl.Â Matt is a graphic designer working at Ayush Herbs Inc. in Redmond. Â WeÂ welcomed Matt to our committee, and the collaboration to design the Jasperâ€™s Dog Park logo began.
After researching successful dog parks across the country, Â receiving advice from pet professionals/experts, and many discussions among committee members of their experiences at dog parks, we made the decision to differentiate between park rules, and educational tips we could share at the park through humor.Â We saw that many dog parks have extremely long lists of rules that most people probably do not have time to read during a park visit.Â With Mattâ€™s help we began to work on fun illustrations that could serve as educational tools at the park, and the response at the park to these signs has been extremely positive.Â (Yes, we even had Kirklandâ€™s Park Board all laughing at these designs at a meetingâ€¦..they loved the signs.) We are grateful to Matt for meeting with our Education Committee almost weekly for four months to create what we envisioned for these Park Tip signs.Â Matt is also responsible for the design of all of the other signage at the park.
Matt is a graduate of the Art Institute in Seattle, with a Bachelorâ€™s of Fine Arts in Graphic Design.Â He provides freelance work for a variety of clients, focusing on branding and identity for local/regional businesses and organizations. Â He resides in Kirkland, where he also cares for two happy Airedale Terriers, Hamilton and Lady.Â If you are looking for design work, please contact Matt through his website at www.mattopsahl.com.
Below are photos of Matt at the park and all of the other Park Tip signs he created.Â Kirklandâ€™s Education Committee hopes these tips help provide fun and safe park visits for all.