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Thursday, April 14, 2011

NYTimes illo-Cairo's Roundabout Revolution

I have a piece in the NYTimes Op-ed today. It's one of the most challenging and fun assignment I have done-big thanks to AD Alexandra for the awesome project and cool layout design.
The article is about the significance of the Tahrir square during the February Egypt revolution which ended president Mubarak's 3 decades of dictatorship. Read article here.

The ADs came up with the awesome idea of using the text to create a space in the page centre which would then be filled with my little people. I thought it would be cool to sneak a little concept in it and make the people cluster the shape of a lotus flower-as lotus has been the national flower of Egypt since the pharaohs, also one of the nick names of the revolution is "Lotus revolution".

I believe I drew over 1000 people within the 6 hours turnaround time yesterday. My hands went numb afterwards but I was quite happy with the outcome and really excited to see it in the paper today. YAY!


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web version
print version with mock up text
the final!
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4 comments:

Scott Brundage said...

You are in a very elite position these days, Victo. And this piece proves you deserve to be there. Brilliant, fun and very smart. We should all have the opportunity to work with such a brave art director.

Jason Raish said...

amazing layout and amazingly graphic stuff Victo! I feel your pain drawing thousands of figures.

Raul Allen said...

Hell Yeah! the 1000 people challenge is on!!!
I love everything about this piece and the layout.
Outstanding!

pw! said...

turned out fantastic