“The pelican has made a remarkable recovery. We once
again see healthy flocks of pelicans in the air over our shores.”
The brown pelican was first declared endangered in 1970. Since then,
thanks to a ban on DDT and efforts by states, conservation
organizations, private citizens and many other partners, the bird has
recovered. There are now more than 650,000 brown pelicans found across
Florida and the Gulf and Pacific Coasts, as well as in the Caribbean
and Latin America.
The pelican's recovery is largely due to the federal ban on the
general use of the pesticide DDT in 1972. This action was taken after
former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Rachel Carson
published Silent Spring and alerted the nation to the widespread
dangers associated with unrestricted pesticide use. In the southwest,
the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, The Nature Conservancy and
numerous other conservation organizations helped purchase important
nesting sites and developed monitoring programs to ensure pelican
rookeries were thriving.
Print to Web, LA edition
I decided on a theme for the Print to Web, LA edition project. My
focus with be global. Last year, my
focus was to build layouts about Los Angeles. This year, I will
layouts inspired by designs around the world. I'll make designs in
Chinese, Korean or Japanese. I'd like to try out some
Arabic, Persian, and Africa inspired designs too. I'll weave in
environmental and humanistic themes and see where that takes me.
My version highlights the recovery of the brown pelican species in
North America. In 2009, the US government began to remove it from the
endangered species list. I used to kayak off the coast of Santa Monica
and brown pelicans flew close by in groups of three or four.
It's an amazing sight getting close to these big birds.
I'm struggling to take magazine layouts down to smaller screen sizes.
I resort to a stacked single column but need to find a more creative
solution in future designs. I need more study of responsive typography
and better use of the picture element
across various viewport sizes.
I don't often justify text, but did for
this layout to mimic the original design. I hoped the
text-justify property would improve
words, but didn't think it made much difference.
The multi-column layout spec would improve if there was a way to
balance lines at the start of columns. I used
set no margin top to top align column text, but it seems like it
shouldn't be necessary.
Microsoft Edge launched last week with support for logical
properties. Safari is the last major browser missing support, however
Safari Technology Preview edition does support it, and so logical
should be coming
soon to all browsers.
Until then I'll use it sparingly.