Salish was originally conceived in response to a Request for Proposals from the City of Seattle for a new typeface to be used for logos and general branding.
The design draws from the concept of the 'Ovoid' (a shape rounder on the top and flatter on the bottom) which is a central part of Formline art developed by tribes along the Pacific Northwest coastline. It is believed that the unique shape of the Ovoid originated in the way a salmon egg looks when resting on a flat, dry surface.
In developing this design, I studied Bill Holm's "Northwest Coast Indian Art" book as well as other art books
Want to see more examples? Check out the Salish mini site
Tribes of the Pacific NW