Recently the owner of Café Hon, Denise Whiting, registered the word “Hon” as a word that represents and symbolizes her business. According to the Sun, the opening of her cafe in 1992 and the subsequent marking around the word is alot of work she indeed put into a colloquialism. However, “Hon” is not something only said in Baltimore, nor is it something that she invented. She did certainly popularize the word.
Knowing some of the folks on the Tour Dem Parks, Hon! board, who in fact, named their not-for-profit organization the name to honor the grass-roots approach they bring to their yearly bicycle fundraiser, they questioned whether they know have legal rights to the name.
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After attending yesterday’s Tour Dem Parks, Hon! ride, and working the t-shirt table, I was pleasantly surprised by the people who were so animated about the postcard and shirt artwork.
The people’s energy was so good to see, because it provided strong validation that design can not only represent—but transform—the interest in event when design moves from being an afterthought to a main contributing factor in the event’s development.