Intro to USAbled & Humpfree: 6 Elements of a Winner
To begin, let me introduce Humpfree...
Humpfree is the model, brand ambassador, and voice for USAbled…but here’s the mind-blowing part - HUMPFREE IS FICTIONAL - that’s right, a pure figment of imagination (aka FAKE!). Since Humpfree proudly identifies as an ego-less thought in my head, he has the freedom to learn & grow from mistakes. Enjoy the ride.
Question #1: Humpfree, what does USAbled mean?
Answer: As a simple-minded primate who appreciates honesty, I have no clue. It simply occurred to me one day, I created it, my brain liked it, so it stuck. Obviously, it's a blend of USA (my favorite country) & Abled (something that I continually strive toward), but USAAbled looks ridiculous, so I mashed it up.
Question #2: Humpfree, what does the stylish eye-catching design
of your stunning logo represent?
Answer: To best explain, let’s explore the 6 Major Features
of this brilliant award-worthy symbol.
1 - The Cape = Confidence & Forward Momentum/Motion
This element is perfect because building self-esteem, growing, and generating & maintaining positive forward momentum & motion are powerful themes explored here at USAbled. Additionally, the majestic cape immediately oozes confidence & credibility because it manifests an immensely heroic Superman vibe while radiating strength and grace. This powerful feature also doubles as a tasteful way to pay homage to the legendary Reeve name - specifically the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation - who continues to serve the SCI community ... Thank You Superman!
2 - The Chair/Challenge = Adapting & Overcoming Obstacles
Symbolic of the battle we all go through - regardless of ability.
Speaking of Superman, EVERYONE shares something with The Man of Steel:
Throughout our brief time here on Earth, WE WILL ALL face temporary problems that are totally unavoidable (like a global pandemic) and need to be reckoned with. Other issues are permanent, like an amputation. All physical obstacles are unique and can range from annoyingly unpleasant (a hangnail) to downright miserable (ALS). In addition, it is vital to keep in mind that some adversities - like a quadriplegic rolling around in a big clunky power wheelchair or someone missing a limb or 2 are nearly impossible to ignore, while others are completely hidden with no outward appearances, such as PTSD, Epilepsy, Cancer, or Crohn’s - among many others.
The point is - be mindful that regardless of ability, WE ALL face daily challenges. Thankfully, with a little discipline and forming habits such as proper nutrition, movement/exercise, healthy self-care practices, expanding your comfort zone, and learning & developing new skills are all proven methods & strategies that can enhance resilience & overall well-being. This is likely to make a positive impact on your true self by building confidence & providing you with the fuel necessary to overcome struggles - allowing you to nudge yourself ever closer toward realizing YOUR full potential...whatever that may be.
3 - The Flower/Daisy = Empathy & Peace
Yes that is a flower - a daisy to be exact.
(like this beautiful little specimen here)
The daisy flower tucked stem-first into the barrel of the gun represents “peace,” reminiscent of the 1967 Pulitzer Prize-nominated photograph Flower Power.
Additional inspiration comes from the olive branch clutched in the Eagle’s right talons on the Great Seal/Coat of Arms of the United States.
Of course, striving to attain a peaceful resolution to our differences/problems requires compassion & empathy - and should always be the first & preferred way to settle disputes. Unfortunately, sometimes this can be useless and peace can’t be achieved, which can lead to occasions where a less amicable solution may be necessary. Which leads us to…