#155 Maintain Your Space & Cover Your Face

#155 Maintain Your Space & Cover Your Face
#155 Maintain Your Space & Cover Your Face
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The pandemic is entering a dangerous new phase for summer 2020.

We’ll soon real­ize how much dam­age has been done over the recent 4th of July week­end by those who won’t wear a mask & won’t keep their dis­tance & won’t even try to halt spread­ing the virus. Now that the big hol­i­day week­end is over with, & the next isn’t until Labor Day, maybe we can be more con­sid­er­ate of oth­ers & watch out for our own lives by fol­low­ing the exam­ple set by our friend the amper­sand who does wear a mask:

Download, print & iron-on image to a T-shirt.

Print & wear these T‑shirts to remind others to be safe & sane.


If you think I should make these shirts available as products for purchase, whether you’d wear one or not, please let me know in the comments.
(Um…would you wear one?)

To make T‑shirt:

INSTRUCTIONS: Down­load PDF or png image, print onto Avery T‑Shirt Trans­fer sheet using an inkjet print­er (not a laser print­er), & iron onto T‑shirt. Vis­it this Avery page for details & where to pur­chase trans­fer sheets (most office sup­ply & craft stores). You can also have the image print­ed onto a T‑shirt by some local spe­cial­ty shops or online T‑shirt printers.

Print these posters to remind others to be play it safe:

Print letter-size announcement

Print these poster-​style notices onto standard-​size paper & post all around.

Or be real discreet:

Drop these business-​size reminders around the room & acci­den­tal­ly into pock­ets & purses

Business card size

Down­load this sheet of 12 business-​card-​size notes & print on card stock or even plain paper. Trim & spread the word to end this pandemic.

Concept & design

This piece went through more con­cept and design iter­a­tions than I care to recall. The entire piece was fin­ished as the com­plete “mot­to” we’ve seen in PSAs all over town, shown here:

The original concept

But then, right before upload­ing, on June 30, I saw the headlines:

As patients rapid­ly fill hos­pi­tals, the pan­dem­ic may be enter­ing a dan­ger­ous new phase.
States set records for hos­pi­tal­iza­tions & man­date face masks.

Rather than post­ing the orig­i­nal Amper­Art with the phrase that’s preva­lent every­where, I scrapped it and decid­ed to cre­ate a tru­ly use­ful piece which hope­ful­ly will remind (or urge) enough peo­ple to “main­tain your space & cov­er your face” to pre­vent the spread of the coro­n­avirus & maybe save a life or two. Mean­ing wher­ev­er you are, you’ll be a liv­ing PSA wear­ing the shirt, tap­ing up posters, or hand­ing out cards to help end this pandemic.

I was able to pub­lish the new design by dead­line (last minute of June 2020) but it took a few more days to ren­der sev­er­al lay­outs & for­mats to tru­ly help the cause with reminder posters, tiny notes & T‑shirt imprints. 

T-shirt: ampersand wearing mask

Your opin­ion matters:

If you think I should make these shirts avail­able as prod­ucts for pur­chase, whether you’d wear one or not, please let me know in the com­ments. (Um…would you wear one?)

Thanks for help­ing end this incom­pre­hendible, dev­as­tat­ing pandemic. 

Have a fun & fantastic summer, even if you end up with a weird tan line on your face.

Production notes for #155 Maintain Your Space & Cover Your Face:
Original size: 20x30 inches

Programs: Adobe Photoshop
Font, text: Helvetica
Font, ampersand: Gill Sans
Mask: 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.

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#134 Vision & Clarity

#134 Vision & Clarity
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Celebrating 2020 — New Year, New Decade

Amper­Art #134 Vision & Clar­i­ty is a com­bi­na­tion of two con­cepts, one year apart: The orig­i­nal illus­tra­tion of eye­glass­es form­ing an amper­sand for the num­ber 2020 was cre­at­ed in Decem­ber 2018, a year in advance of its intend­ed release. Then, short­ly before New Year 2020, the Pan­tone® Col­or of the Year was announced for 2020, which is Pan­tone® 19 – 4052 Clas­sic Blue. The Amper­Art design was then mod­i­fied to reflect Pantone’s phi­los­o­phy for choos­ing this color:
“Sug­ges­tive of the sky at dusk, the reas­sur­ing qual­i­ties of the thought-​provoking PANTONE® 19 – 4052 Clas­sic Blue high­light our desire for a depend­able and sta­ble foun­da­tion on which to build as we cross the thresh­old into a new era.
“Imprint­ed in our psy­ches as a rest­ful col­or, PANTONE® 19 – 4052 Clas­sic Blue brings a sense of peace and tran­quil­i­ty to the human spir­it, offer­ing refuge. Aid­ing con­cen­tra­tion and bring­ing laser like clar­i­ty, PANTONE® 19 – 4052 Clas­sic Blue re-​centers our thoughts. A reflec­tive blue tone, Clas­sic Blue fos­ters resilience.”
Hence, the com­bined con­cepts of (1) vision & clar­i­ty, which allow us to expe­ri­ence (2) the infi­nite beau­ty of the sky inspired by Pan­tone Clas­sic Blue, make up this artwork.

Pantone Color of the Year 2020

Pan­tone has been part of my entire career, when it was the pre­mier stan­dard for ensur­ing con­sis­tent col­or from the draw­ing board to the press. (And that’s about all — this is before dig­i­tal any­thing. No mon­i­tors, no inter­net, no print­ers. Can you fath­om that?) At that time, in the 60s, 70s & ear­ly 80s, Pan­tone dealt only with the graph­ics indus­try. It has since become the author­i­ty on col­or for home and busi­ness décor, fab­rics, plas­tics, and dig­i­tal media. And since 1999, begin­ning with Cerulean, Pan­tone has influ­enced the world with its Pan­tone Col­or of the Year. 

For more infor­ma­tion on Pan­tone 19 – 4052 Clas­sic Blue, vis­it https://​www​.pan​tone​.com/​c​o​l​o​r​-​f​i​n​d​e​r​/19 – 4052-TCX

For infor­ma­tion about Pan­tone, and their time­line of devel­op­ment, vis­it https://​www​.pan​tone​.com/​a​b​o​u​t​/​a​b​o​u​t​-​p​a​n​t​one


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