As some of you probably know, I work for Philadelphia Water doing graphic design. I'm very lucky to have a job that combines many things I care about and like to consider myself good at. You have probably seen the "Yo Fish" stormdrain marker before; used to indicate to citizens that stormdrains lead to the natural waterways we get our drinking water from- sometimes via treatment plant, but often directly. The original "Yo Fish" came out around 1993.
I've been hoping to make better use of these markers as a public information piece for some time, since they get a lot of face time around the city. For one, there's not a clear reason why the PWD phone number is on there. And while I like cartoons, I feel like the fish comes off a little to silly in context of drinking water and estuary pollution. After some discussion and support from my coworkers, I got the go-ahead to make a new series based on the 7 actual streams/rivers/watersheds within the city. Each has a unique identity with it's own color and a representative species. 5 of the 7 are complete and just went to print, so you can expect to start seeing them as soon as this Fall. I'm pretty stoked about them
The last two will be a Sturgeon and a Bog Turtle. Those should be done in a few months, after I get some other projects out of the way and find time to illustrate them!