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My supervisor at DHS-ICE recommended me when the U.S. Secret Service asked for a graphic artist to design an Annual Report for them.
I was surprised to learn that they had never published one before – they usually submitted a written report to Congress.
This was their first.
Because they were pleased with my work on their first Annual Report, the U.S. Secret Service asked me to design the next one for FY2009. I convinced them that black was their color because of the black limosines and uniforms. I also recommended it should look as upscale as Life Magazine.
Because the U.S. Secret Service was transfered from the Department of Treasury to the Department of Homeland Security, I had to use the branding colors and format for DHS. Here, the DHS red seemed to look best with the red in the American flag in the background of the photo.
Many people don't know that the U.S. Secret Service investigates counterfeit currency. This printing press, seized in Bogotå, Colombia shows counterfeit U.S. currency on printing plates.
This is the page opposite from the photo of the printing press. The use of white space was intentional, giving the U.S. Secret Service Annual Report a "Life Magazine" look.
This inside spread of two facing pages shows how I incorporated white space to give the U.S. Secret Service Annual Report as much of a "Life Magazine" look as possible. I wanted it to look Presidential and have a White House quality.
The title page for each chapter started with a page in the DHS branding format – half a solid DHS color and half a photograph.
The large amount of white space on the top of the facing page is intentional, occupied only by a quote from Director Mark Sullivan in the upper right-hand corner.
I thought this photograph was beautifully dramatic. The only way you know that this man is a U.S. Secret Service Agent is by the small coil from an earpiece on the left side of his head.
Page One of the FY2009 U.S. Secret Service Annual Report showcases remarks from First Lady Michelle Obama to the Department of Homeland Security employees displayed on the right side. Her photograph includes an agent standing to her left.
The U.S. Secret Service travels all over the world with the President of the United States. President Barack Obama with his detail cross the street.
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