Artist Statement: SPE Logo
Dr. Dusty Crocker is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice in Design at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. Throughout the course of his career, he has won over 100 awards for graphic design, the most recent of which was a Gold for Book Jacket Design in the 2019 Graphis International Design Annual. Dusty is dedicated to forward-thinking, interdisciplinary forms of education and is proud to contribute this logo to the Society of Professors of Education. He believes that his contribution will help to promote the organization’s mission to support professional educators and inspire critical perspectives about the future of educational research and practice. Taking his inspiration from these goals, Dusty designed the logo to visually symbolize an unbroken, ongoing passing of the torch from one generation to the next. The base of each torch represents stability and a capacity to grasp what has been created in the past. The flames represent the mutable nature of education as new knowledges are added and combined in the crucible of the present. He believes that education is characterized by an incomplete and continuous advancement and wanted to represent this reality in a logo that the Society of Professors of Education could be proud of and stand behind as a generative source of inspiration and imagination.