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Moon Stats Print Celebrates Apollo 11's 50th Anniversary

William Pitzer

In the summer of 1969 our family made its annual pilgrimage to the sea – Myrtle Beach – for a week of sun and fun. We were set to return home on Sunday, July 20. I watched Apollo 11's liftoff on the morning of July 16th on the tiny TV in our rented efficiency apartment at Windy Hill Beach. As the week wore on, however, I became increasingly anxious about making it home in time for the scheduled late-afternoon broadcast of the moon landing. My formative years corresponded with the space race. I was a space nerd. My parents bought me...

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Little Bighorn Prairie Wildlife Guide

William Pitzer Illustrations Infographics

One of the more challenging assignments I've worked on is this 12-page, accordion-fold nature guide in 2009 for the National Park Service: A Prairie Wildlife Nature Guide and Checklist. Accordion-folds are a great way to produce high-density content through an economy of space. I created 200 drawings of plants and animals, which corresponded to 400 total drawings, including the pencil sketches for the initial layout. Due to the anticipated multiple edits, I decided to make a hybrid set of illustrations with pen and ink originals, scanned in at hi-res and saved as 1-bit tiffs, overlaid on vector color shapes, then masked so that...

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D-Day Infographic Deconstructed

William Pitzer Infographics

D-Day Infographic Deconstructed

This informational graphic combines layers of information in an easy-to-read, yet comprehensive design. The design is driven by a large map of the Normandy coast that forms the basis for the content layering, but first we need to explore our form factor and set up a grid. When starting the design we always take into account a border and margin, as the base form factor. In this case the border is a horizontal space that is 24 inches wide and 18 inches deep. The margin is 16 x 22, which leaves a 1-inch area of space all around the content area. Next we...

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