A FRIEND SENT THIS my way recently. I hear it’s been around before, but I thought it would be a treat for those (like all of us!) who enjoy visuals with a different approach.
This photo was shot in 1918. It’s a representation of the Statue of Liberty created by positioning 18,000 men at Camp Dodge, Iowa.
Base to shoulder: 150 feet
Right arm: 340 feet
Widest part of arm holding torch: 12 1/2 feet
Right thumb: 35 feet
Thickest part of body: 29 feet
Left hand length: 30 feet
Face: 60 feet
Nose: 21 feet
Longest spike of head piece: 70 feet
Torch and flame combined: 980 feet
Number of men in flame of torch: 12,000
Number of men in torch: 2,800
Number of men in right arm: 1,200
Number of men in body, head and balance of figure only: 2,000
Total men: 18,000
KRISTIN COKER WAS IN TOUCH by e-mail recently, agonizing about the design of her front page for a September 11 section. Kristin had designed two similar pages but couldn’t seem to get a consensus from folks at the Times and Democrat. Some like one front, others liked the other.
Krsitin had even e-mailed me, asking me to break the tie.
The saga continued for a couple more days but eventually, the decision was made.
FROM KRISTIN: “We Will Not Forget is a series that our paper does to remember those fallen soldiers who gave their all and those who still do. For our 9/11 edition I used a stock cloud photo (that I had to Photoshop a few more clouds into) as a background. I added the Statue of Liberty as well. She looks as if she’s shining through the clouds. In front are two representations of the twin towers. I was trying to go for subtle and reflective. What do you think?”
FROM ED: I like it a lot. I think it is subtle. And it’s quiet. And it’s respectful.
One point I’d like to add: Though it’s always a good idea to get input from others on your designs, sooner or later ya gotta go with your gut. And, as I reminded Kristin: A camel is a horse…designed by committee.
What’s your reaction to Kristin’s front? Like it? Don’t like it? Why? What other approaches would you suggest?
KRISTIN LEIGH COKER, lead designer at The Times and Democrat in Orangeburg, SC, sends along this page for your review and comment. That’s “comment” as in “let us know what you think!” As Kristin suggests in her note “…just be nice.”
“I didn’t know that you wanted us to send you samples of our work. Great idea!
“I’ve sent you our annual July 4th We Will Not Forget poster that ran this past Saturday. We Will Not Forget is a series that we put out on Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Fourth of July and September 11th to remember our soldiers who have fallen and who still fight for our freedom.
“For this poster I downloaded a copy of the Engraved Delcaration from http://www.archives.gov. I took a stock file photo of fireworks and a United States flag and configured them into one background. Then I took a stock picture of the Statue of Liberty and set her foreground. At the bottom are the mug shots of our local fallen soldiers since the beginning of the war in Iraq.
“Would love some feedback. Good, bad…just be nice.”
FROM ED: I like this page very much, Kristin. It has spirit and it demands to be read. It shows planning and excellent visual thinking. I might have done a few things differently (I’m still not sure about the script headline…a bit too soft for my taste), but overall this is an excellent page. I’d offer it in contests.
How about the rest of you? A winner? Pretty good? Could be better? Let us know your thoughts!