#174 Convicted & Sentenced
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Even a lifetime sentence cannot bring back a life that can no longer breathe
Sadly one life is lost which no amount of punishment will bring back.
Ultimate restitution is not possible.
Hopefully change occurs so that other lives — lives that matter — are spared in the future.
Concept & design
I created this piece in celebration of the verdict: guilty on all three counts. The concept was a no-brainer, though I felt guilty putting an innocent ampersand behind bars. Don’t worry, our friend will be out real soon for good behavior. (After all, the ampersand never argues “but” nor “or,” just brings everything together in harmony.)
My first choice was to put Comic Sans in jail, as that typestyle is universally loathed by designers around the world. (However, I believe any element of design — shape, color, font — has its place if the situation calls for it. I’ll use Comic Sans for something atrocious someday.)
But that cartoony font just didn’t look like it was taking jail time seriously. So I chose another font — one that I personally hate: Arial. It deserves incarceration. It is a rip-off & abomination of a most beautiful type family, Helvetica. (Many people, including so-called designers, say Helvetica is plain. Yes, it is plain & elegant & sophisticated in the same way a superb work of minimalist art is plain. Not appreciated by the masses, but revered by the connoisseurs.) So I put Arial, an appropriately ugly font, behind bars, & hope it serves a life sentence.
The loss of life was tragic, the cause heinous. Punishment will be served. Sadly, nothing will bring back a life that mattered, but hopefully the whole of it all will bring about change.
Black lives matter. All lives matter.
Production notes for #174 Convicted & Sentenced:
Original size: 20x30 inches
Program: Adobe Photoshop
Fonts: Rockwell & Arial
Cell illustration: Igor Stevanović, depositphotos.com
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Chaz DeSimone, designer & typographer, is the creator of AmperArt & owner of Desimone Design. He was adding serifs to letters when he was just a little brat scribbling on walls. Now he’s a big brat & his entire career is design, so long as each project requires the most sophisticated, logical, captivating results. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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