Image: Ben



3 thoughts on “Image: Ben

  1. This graphic is successful through its use of simple images that represent iconic parts of the Mr. Rogers television series, and so much about his character. He is so known for his sweaters, the trolley, and slipping off his shoes and changing into sneakers that each of these images is instantly recognizable as a true “moment” in his show. The grid pattern for how the squares containing these images contributes to the hierarchy in the image, much like when reading a newspaper, you work your way from the title down the page. Compared to the Action Plan graphic directly above, which has a very clear hierarchy defined by the shapes to show movement in a particular direction, the Mr. Rogers graphic is much more defined in its purpose to show free-standing “moments.” One does not lead directly to another, but they are meant to be taken in one by one.

  2. To me, this graphic is a “sampler,” of Mr Rogers’s life and the impact that he left on society. It shows the contribution that his mother made to his legacy, as well as a plethora of other good-will related contributions he made to society, as well as typical moves that come with a PBS television career. In that sense it is a great graphic. I also like how the sweater is in the background. In terms of what it doesn’t do well, I think the eye gripping focus that leads one to the motherly sweater making bubble is a bit too well pronounced. Is there a reason that this is more important than the 5000 miles that his trolley traveled every year (notice that this bubble blends in with the sweater).

  3. The graphic is aptly titled “Mr. Rogers Moments,” and as Rosa notes, there is no real narrative here–the designer has opted for a mosaic approach which allows your attention to float around the page. But as Adam notes, the photo of Mr. Rogers–the only photo, and the only grayscale item in the composition, so it pulls your attention immediately due to its difference–grounds you in the sweater graphic first–maybe it was decided that this was the most salient aspect of Mr. Rogers’ story? Doesn’t seem so meaningful a tidbit to me, though none of these ‘moments’ is especially hard hitting. Following from this item, which is also the biggest, my eye goes to the yellow box below it, and then floats around in the remaining space. The blue boxes pull attention the least, as they settle in with the background.

    The grid is well used here, and the color palette, typography and illustrative style are controlled and consistent, granting the graphic internal coherence.

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