DESIGN STORY: “THE BEST TIME”
U.S. Navy Veteran Shelby Kopp and graphic designer Neha Agarwal collaborated to create the design “The Best Time,” an illustration that expresses Shelby’s outgoing personality and focus on fostering friendships. Adopted from her radio host grandfather, she lives by his sign-off and motto, “The best time to make friends is before you need them.”
While in bootcamp, Shelby had an inspiring Chief Petty Officer (CPO), motivating her to become one herself. Integral leaders within the Navy, CPOs train and counsel sailors, setting the tone and attitude of their service. A CPO initiation and a deeply cherished tradition by Shelby, the center banner of their design is from a pocket on the front of Shelby’s personal charge book.
A sailor through and through, the Navy’s anchor centers the design while also transmitting a signal, representative of Shelby’s work with radar in the Navy, and referencing her grandfather and father’s work in radio. Lastly, it symbolizes Shelby’s contagious optimism and the hope that her design inspires others to take the time to connect with those around them.