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Dismissed as chance / Chip Kidd's New York Times

Chip Kidd - NYT - God

Chica­go. A man is about to get on a rou­tine flight. Sud­den­ly he paus­es and decides to walk away. He doesn't know why. An hour lat­er the plane goes down in flames. It's dis­missed as chance … Britain. A woman has an image of a black moun­tain that's mov­ing, with chil­dren under­neath it. Two hours lat­er, a Welsh school­house is buried in an avalanche of coal slag. It's dis­missed as coin­ci­dence.1 New York. A book design­er named Chip Kidd begins to read his New York Times. On the cov­er is a pho­to of new Russ­ian Pres­i­dent Dmit­ry Medvedev, a sus­pect­ed pup­pet of for­mer pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin. The pho­to has been torn across Medvedev's mid­sec­tion to reveal a word: Trick­ery. It's dis­missed as some­thing that could only hap­pen to a famous book design­er who has been known to use this sort of graph­ic ele­ment. But real­ly, was it all in his mind, or was it much more than that? You decide.
1 If you were a TV-watch­er in the 80's, you prob­a­bly saw a com­mer­cial for the Time-Life books com­mer­cial for a series called Mys­ter­ies of the Unknown. This was my favorite: "The Mid­west. A moth­er feels a sharp pain in her right hand. Far away at that exact same moment, her daugh­ter screams as she touch­es a hot pan. Just chance?" Check it out, for old times sake [YouTube].