“It all started with a period,” writes the American daily The New York Times who, on Sunday, dedicated the front page to the victims of the covid-19.
In the distance, the graphic that paints the first page of the The New York Times this Sunday it looks like a gray block, with a cloudy gradient that culminates, in the background, in a solid paint block. Up close, it is much more than that: the scenario of a sad reality, where about 500,000 individual points represent a lost life for covid-19.
At a time when the United States is about to achieve half a million deaths due to covid-19, the American daily decided to dedicate the cover of the February 20 edition to the deadly victims of the pandemic. “Each point represents a life lost,” wrote the newspaper.
The first death related to the new coronavirus in the United States was announced a year ago, on February 29, 2020, about three months before the country reached 100,000 deaths.
For Bill Marsh, graphic printing coordinator who helped oversee the execution of the newspaper’s cover, the digital concept worked equally well in printing. “The fact that we can create something with half a million dots that is visible and legible at once, on a sheet of paper, that people can print and reflect – it’s made for printing, in a way, ”he said. “It looks natural for the front page.”
Unlike previous approaches to the NOW, this Sunday’s chart shows all the deaths following the pandemic – a black scenario that paints the front page of the newspaper.
In an era full of unknowns, “graphics can present a whole new way of understanding what’s going on,” concluded Marsh.
Liliana Malainho, ZAP //