Our gorgeous logo was designed by Diahann Hill. The
mountain depicted is Ama Dablam, which is
located in the Himalaya range of eastern Nepal.
Ama Dablam means "Mother's necklace". The long ridges on each side are like the arms of a mother (ama) protecting her child, and the hanging glacier is thought of as the dablam, the traditional double-pendant containing pictures of the gods, worn by Sherpa women (source: Wikipedia).
Diahann brings her unique design and branding sensibility to Xola.com. She was the first to create a "face" for Xola when things were just getting started back in 2004. With an uncanny knack for putting art to a feeling, Diahann was responsible for all the adventure travel visual imagery out of Xola Consulting from 2004 - 2011 including client reports, industry research reports, the Off the Radar website, and monthly newsletters. In addition to helping create Xola's brand identity, she also lent her talents to clients, for example creating a brand for the municipality of Kommune Sermersooq in Greenland.
As an art director, graphic artist, print designer and illustrator based in Washington, DC, Diahann has more than thirty years experience with print and web-based publishing and advertising. Ms. Hill studied painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Art Institute and developed graphic design and production skills in her ten years as a designer for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (they of the ubiquitous crash tests). In her twenty years as an independent design professional, her clients have included Women's Media Center, Institute for Women's Policy Research, People for the American Way, National Geographic, and Primetime Live ABC News, among others.