#179 Land of the Free & Home of the Brave

#179 Land of the Free & Home of the Brave
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The his­to­ry of “The Star-​Spangled Ban­ner” — the nation­al anthem of the USA — is fas­ci­nat­ing. Of spe­cial note is that Fran­cis Scott Key actu­al­ly penned an amper­sand in the phrase “o’er the land of the free & the home of the brave.” Good going, Frank!

Devel­op­ment of this post has been sus­pend­ed until time allows for a com­pre­hen­sive com­pi­la­tion of sto­ries and images. (One sur­pris­ing fact unfold­ed after anoth­er dur­ing research.) You will be noti­fied when Amper­Art #179 Land of the Free & Home of the Brave is updat­ed, most like­ly mid-2022. 

In the mean­time, read about the restora­tion and preser­va­tion of the orig­i­nal flag at Smith­son­ian Mag­a­zine. The flag wav­ing over Fort McKen­na in the recent pho­to is a repli­ca of the actu­al flag wit­nessed by Frances Scott Key on Sep­tem­ber 14, 1812, inspir­ing “The Star-​Spangled Ban­ner” which offi­cial­ly became the nation­al anthem of the Unit­ed States of Amer­i­ca in 1931.

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#175 Remember & Honor

#175 Remember & Honor
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Memorial Day: Remember & Honor

Memo­r­i­al Day cel­e­bra­tions take place through­out the Unit­ed States to remem­ber & hon­or sol­diers who died fight­ing for this coun­try. Fam­i­ly & friends gath­er to com­mem­o­rate the patri­ot­ic hol­i­day, usu­al­ly with hot dogs & ham­burg­ers on the barbeque.

For sun lovers Memo­r­i­al Day week­end is the unof­fi­cial begin­ning of sum­mer, where beach­es & camp­grounds are the des­ti­na­tion. (For hard­core sun wor­shipers the first day of Day­light Sav­ings Time is when sum­mer offi­cial­ly starts.)

Here are some facts about this hol­i­day, a day to remem­ber & honor:

Memorial Day Was Originally Named ‘Decoration Day’

In 1869, the head of an orga­ni­za­tion of Union vet­er­ans Maj. Gen. John A. Logan estab­lished Dec­o­ra­tion Day as a way for the nation to hon­or the graves of those who died in the Civ­il War with flow­ers, accord­ing to the U.S. Vet­er­ans Affairs Department.

May 30 Was Chosen as the Observation Day Because Flowers Are in Bloom

Logan was believed to have cho­sen May 30 as the day to observe Dec­o­ra­tion Day because flow­ers would be in bloom nationwide.

Though there were future con­ver­sa­tions over the offi­cial day for Memo­r­i­al Day, by the end of the 19th cen­tu­ry, state leg­is­la­tures passed procla­ma­tions nam­ing May 30 as the holiday.

Memorial Day Was Declared a National Holiday in 1971

In 1971, Con­gress declared Memo­r­i­al Day a nation­al hol­i­day, plac­ing it as the last Mon­day in May. The day was expand­ed to hon­or all those who have died in Amer­i­can wars.

Con­gress in Decem­ber 2000 passed and the pres­i­dent signed into law “The Nation­al Moment of Remem­brance Act,” to ensure those who sac­ri­ficed their lives for the coun­try were not forgotten.

The Official Birthplace of Memorial Day is Waterloo, New York

There are debates over which city was the ori­gin of Memo­r­i­al Day, although the first large obser­va­tion was held at Arling­ton Nation­al Ceme­tery in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. for a crowd of about 5,000 in 1868.

In 1966, for­mer Pres­i­dent Lyn­don John­son declared Water­loo, New York the offi­cial “birth­place” of the holiday.

The National Moment of Remembrance is at 3 p.m. Monday

The Nation­al Moment of Remem­brance, which asks that Amer­i­cans pause in silence to remem­ber & hon­or those who have died serv­ing the U.S., takes place at 3 p.m. on Memo­r­i­al Day.

Concept & design

In the pho­to­graph for Amper­Art #175 Remem­ber & Hon­or, tak­en at Nation­al Ceme­tery, we are view­ing the back sides of the grave mark­ers. The inscrip­tion “Remem­ber & Hon­or” is ren­dered on the of the fore­ground mark­er, sym­bol­i­cal­ly leav­ing the sol­dier’s name intact on its front.


Production notes for #175 Remember & Honor:
Original size: 20x30 inches
Program: Adobe Photoshop
Fonts: Birch, Castellar
Ampersand: Castellar
Credits:
Photo: mflip​po1​.cox​.net, deposit​pho​tos​.com
Facts: U.S. Veterans Affairs Department
Note: &” replaces “and” in most or all text, including quotations, headlines & titles.
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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 chaz@​desimonedesign.​com.

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#174 Convicted & Sentenced

#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.

Closing statement

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
Ampersand: Arial
Credits:
Cell illustration: Igor Stevanović, deposit​pho​tos​.com
Note: &” replaces “and” in most or all text, including quotations, headlines & titles.
You may repost the image & article. Please credit Amper​Art​.com.
To download a full-​size high-​resolution 11x17-​inch poster suitable for printing & framing, click on the image.

Visit DesimoneDesign.com

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 chaz@​desimonedesign.​com.

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Rants & raves mostly about design, sometimes about the universe.
An occasional bit of useful advice.
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