Last week a talked about designing memories. This week I wanted to write about memories creating a design. Sometime these designs can be our own response to a memory. And more specifically a telling of a story or stories through our designs. I came upon the above picture a few months after the Boston Marathon bombing. The photo is the cover of Boston Magazine’s May 2013 cover issue. Photographed by Mitch Feinberg, the image concept was created by Liz Noftle, their deputy design director.
In an article on their website, John Wolfson said, “To me the cover is about two things: perseverance and unity. By itself, each shoe in the photograph is tiny, battered, and ordinary. Together, though, they create something beautiful, powerful, and inspirational. Remove just one shoe and you begin to diminish, in some small way, the overall effect. Collectively, they are the perfect symbol for Boston, and for our response to the bombings. This staff is filled with people who feel the same way. Our home is hurting right now, and our hope, together, was to produce something that reflects the intensity of affection and pride that all of us here in the region feel for Boston.”
Sometime the only way we can share our feelings is through design. Sometimes the only way to heal ourselves and others is through our designs.