After hearing about the Paris attacks, graphic designer Jean Jullien reacted in about a minute. He sat down and created what would soon be a simple yet powerful symbol of the ideal fight against fear and terror across many platforms.
The sketch, mixing a peace symbol with the one of France, the Tour Eiffel, quickly became viral, being shared thousands of times. While many pointed at Jean Jullien, blaming him of taking advantage of such a tragedy, the designer calls himself embarrassed about his work getting so much traction in a time of despair.
He said to Wired:
I’m sort of almost embarrassed to be getting that much exposure as a result of such a tragic event. However, it really shows that this is how we communicate not just as humans, but as a society. It can break down barriers.
Not having the intention to make profit out of his symbol, the artist found himself looking at it developing and taking the shape of the voice of many, no questions asked.
Some people have asked me how I felt about it being celebrated, and I just think it’s not about that. It’s about people sharing it. It’s like giving birth to something and watching it develop a life of its own.
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