KAREN BOWS IN with this submission of a special section cover commemorating 9.11.
Here’s something for your blog. This is a cover I did for our 9-11 special section.
I know your feelings on clip art but we didn’t want to purchase the rights to photos of the 9-11 flag, the torn and tattered flag at the World Trade Center site. I wanted to convey the feeling of that day—torn, broken, violated—and compare it with the pride and honor of small town America shown in this photo from our Memorial Day observance.
Our special section was mostly interviews from locals who were in New York on that day and who have been there since. Some stories were about our EMS, police, and fire departments and how their work and training has changed since 9-11. We even had a photo and small story about a baby that was born on that day. All this was coupled with advertising by businesses and individuals saluting veterans, active duty military, and the above mentioned municipal departments.
Just wanted to hear yours and others’ thoughts.
1. I’d have gone with just the one image…the Twin Towers. The flag looks like clip art and just doesn’t work here. The photo of the color guard is misleading—readers may think it was taken during a previous 9-11 ceremony. Nope, your note mentions that it was from a Memorial Day observance.
2. Looks to me like you’re using three different typefaces at the top: one for “Remembering,” another for “9.11.01” and a third for “and Local Heroes.” I’m OK with the date being in a different type, but not the “Remembering” and “and Local Heroes.”
3. With no background, the photo of the color guard men makes it seem like they are floating. This is distracting.