Anyone who picked up this week's issue of the Independent was first drawn to the stark cover by Cover Editor Annika Finne B'12. The Midnight Hour spoke with Finne over G-chat about how she combined geometric repetition with found maps to create a poignant tribute September 11 attacks' tenth anniversary.
The Midnight Hour: you there?
Annika Finne: Yes
having candle problems
so let's talk about the cover
how'd you make it?
AF: I started with two rectangles
just stroked rectangles on photoshop
that looked like the two towers
and then i multiplied them
then i made the little rectangles into two bigger towers
and then i messed around with the sizes of the rectangles to have scale variations
i wanted to use old maps of new york streets because of how geometrically the streets are laid out and it resonates nicely with the tower rectangles
the edges of the maps are defined by the edges of the island
so you get a nice organic shape at the bottom that becomes a flat rectangle as it moves up the page
MH: where did you get the maps?
AF: wikimedia commons public domain
i didn't want the two towers to be too in the foreground
so i put them off to the left side and inverted the colors
MH: did you start out knowing you wanted to do something about the twin towers?
AF: yeah really this cover is unique in responding to an illustratory prompt
but for an illustrator twin towers is possibly one of the best prompts you can get
iconic and beautiful simple geometric image that can and needs to be subtle
opportunity for poignancy
MH: i know malcolm had mentioned his admiration for the recent new yorker cover
AF: yeah that was a beautiful one
there have been a TON of beautiful illustrations coming out of 911 memorial
MH: yeah -- plus the different designs for the physical memorial (synergy with tim's article)
didn't you once live near "ground zero"?
AF: oh yeah
i lived in the
pratt new school dorms on maiden lane
outside my window someone had written in soot "911 never forget"