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START (National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism)

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Production Cost

Production Time

3 weeks

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

10 in × 12.5 in

Page Count

48 + cover; including 4-page gatefold

Paper Stock

Mohawk Options 100 lb cover and 100 lb text

Number of Colors

Cover: 4 Spot + Clear Foil Stamp
Interior: CMYK + 1 Spot





Whitney by Tobias Frere-Jones: Hoefler & Frere-Jones
Interstate by Tobias Frere-Jones: Font Bureau


Terrorism never looked so compelling after a glance at START’s biennial report. Infographic eye candy turns serious research into easily digestible bites, ideal for a busy Congressman requiring food for thought on the run. I dare say this report is the bomb!

[Ed.’s Note: We received this report at the office and the photo of the cover does not do this justice. It has one of the best uses of clear foil stamp I’ve seen (and touched). The foil is a pattern of triangles that falls on top of the printed triangles, amping up the texture and look of the cover. Really nice. — Armin]

This project highlights the research of START (National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism) over a two year period. 10 projects are featured and the data from the research is presented in a visual and/or conceptual manner. The audience is Department of Homeland Security and Congressional officials who would be interested in the material, but would not have a lot of time to read lengthy research papers.

Inspired by Wired magazine (Scott Dadich era) and Edward Tufte, we tried to make overly dense material accessible to a lay audience.

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University of Maryland University Publications
Art Director: Joshua Harless
Design / Infographics: Brian G. Payne, Catherine Nichols, Patti Look, Joshua Harless
Photographer: John T. Consoli

Illustrators: Johanna Barthmaier, Brian G. Payne, Christie Liberatore, Patti Look, Michele Rosenthal



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Production Manager: Kathy Lambird

This post was published in the original layout of FPO so all images are smaller. Project descriptions as well as production lessons are quoted in the main content area.

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Jessica Mullen

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Jessica Mullen

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Date Published

December 5, 2011


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