Boston Magazine’s Associate Art Director Liz Noftle gave The Atlantic Wire the story of how the magazine’s staff created the gorgeous cover for its issue exploring the Boston Marathon bombings. “The heart almost feels like it’s beating,” she explained of the decision to have the color of the shoes radiate outward:
I actually might have done without the heart, and just let the beauty of the shoes speak for themselves. My first thought was actually that the cover design reminded me of a mandala, the religious symbols that are maps of the universe, though obviously without the traditional four gates. There’s something to the idea not that you can find good in even the worse things, but that the full range of human experiences is represented in tragedy. And the full range of human experience is a humbling thing to see all at once.