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Newspaper’s Embarrassing Mistake May Be The ‘Biggest Design Fail Of 2017’
By Dorothy Tan, 10 Jan 2017
Image via Fast Co. Design
Newspapers are read by millions of people and have a huge influence on shaping ideas, which is why the content that go to print are usually scrutinized by multiple people to ensure that they are correct.
Considering this, the massive and glaring mistake that showed up on the cover of The Washington Post Express last week is surprising and unexpected—illustrating its cover story on the Women’s March on Washington, the artwork depicts the Greek symbol for Mars that represents men, instead of the corresponding symbol that stands for women.
When viewed against the backdrop of recent political developments—where a candidate who is seen by many as a misogynist has won the presidential election—this faux pas has received intense criticism from the public, and is perceived as symbolic instead of accidental.
The free paper quickly responded with an apology on Twitter, and uploaded the “correct” cover that features the female icon—however, the damage has already been done, with thousands of erroneous copies in the hands of readers.
Read more about this embarrassing episode, which Fast Co. Design dubbed the “biggest design fail of 2017”, here.
This is how the cover should have looked. We apologize for the mistake. pic.twitter.com/MKKOkHPV8T— Express (@WaPoExpress) January 5, 2017
[via Fast Co. Design]
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