SUBANG JAYA: Assoc Prof Hashim Hassan has won acclaim as the “Father of National Day Logos”.
National Day logos created by the 77-year-old Hashim have been used eight times - in 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1991.
With his experience, Hashim has been appointed to the panel of judges that picks the annual National Day logos.
He said that in the past, he would create five National Day logos in a week without the benefit of computer technology, and the prime minister would select one of them.
"The younger generation of today desiring to create National Day logos should have love for the country, and the idea to design the logo will come easily.
"Inspiration coupled with the benefit of computers can enable young people to come up with better logos in a shorter time," said the Johor-born Hashim, the youngest of five siblings.
Hashim pursued studies at the Canterbury College of Art, England, from 1965 to 1969 and acquired a bachelor's degree in Graphic Design majoring in Typography and Sign and Symbol.
He went on to acquire a Masters degree in Art Education from the University of Ohio in 1974.
He served at the Faculty of Art and Design in Universiti Teknologi Mara for 33 years from 1970 until his retirement in 2003, and then served at Universiti Industri Selangor from 2006 to 2013.
Hashim, who will turn 78 on Oct 15, suffered a slipped disc several years ago.
Umno Information chief Datuk Ahmad Maslan and Kota Melaka Puteri Umno chief Haryati Hamdzah called on him at his home here and handed over a contribution.
"I am grateful that people still remember me and call on me. I thank everyone who came to see me and cheer me up," he added. - BERNAMA