THOSE OF YOU who follow me on Twitter know that I’ve been suggesting that you do something different for Christmas on page 1. On Christmas day, follower Michael Smith sent a link to the following page, which the folks at the Newseum voted their favorite. Here’s the story behind the page.
THIS IS A “WOW” MURAL. It’s even more “wow” when you consider that it was all hand-drawn…using silver pens.
It’s called “Encounter of Waters,” and it was created by Sao Paolo artist Sanda Cinto. Two assistants and 20 volunteers helped over the two weeks it took to create the mural at the Olympic Sculpture Park Pavilion at the Seattle Art Museum.
A video that tells more about the story follows the photos below.
I RECALL YEARS AGO standing in the composing room of The Journal Herald in Dayton, Ohio. I was the news editor at the time. We were pasting up the first edition and I was giving the news pages a final look, when I noticed a headline much like the one above. The type in the top and bottom lines were larger than that in the center line. I thought it had to be a mistake, so I asked the person who had set the headline what she was doing to fix it. “Nothing,” she said. “It works fine as it is.” I was nonplussed. It took me a few moments to realize that she saw no problem whatsoever in creating a headline with different type sizes in different lines. And then, I explained to her that her approach was something we just don’t do. Just like we don’t run headlines in mirror image. Or…we don’t run headlines upside down. Though I never saw another such headline from her, I’m not at all convinced she saw it as a problem. Kinda makes me wonder where people get such ideas!