In early 2005, QRIS commissioned the renowned landscape artist Oola Forwind to design
an artwork for us that we could adapt for a new logo as part of our site redesign.
That was several site redesigns ago. She eventually delivered the above artwork
late last year, and frankly it was a big disappointment. It looks like it was knocked
off on a cheap graphic design program in about ten minutes.
But when we tried to withhold Forwind’s fee, she sued, and her previous career as
an actress proved of great use to her. Despite the flimsiness of her case, the judge
was moved by her tears and histrionics. We had to pay. There was no money left
in the budget to recommission, so we made the best of it.
We feel we’ve adapted a decent logo from Forwind’s design, but we’re disappointed
to have to offer the above artwork as the introduction to our weather pages. To
be honest, you’d be better looking out the window. We hope to have the budget to
commission a new image soon, one which does justice to the beautiful weather systems
of our great planet.