So after Emily put me on the spot by finally doing her part of the Frankie Landau-Banks discussion we’d both been putting off for a million years, I explained my own delinquency in the comments thus:
My post about Frankie’s feminism is coming, but not tomorrow. All of my posts have been delayed somewhat by my being at the Population Association of America annual conference, for which I have created the Largest Demography Poster in the History of Posters or Populations. I don’t believe that this can end well, but I believe it may well be highly amusing.
And because I know you all read this blog for updates on my demographic display activities: Despite a tremendous comedy of errors involving misbooked (me) and canceled (my professor) flights, a realization ten days before the conference that we had failed to book a hotel room (me) or had booked one in the wrong country (professor), and other assorted mishaps culminating in an Amazing Road Trip Adventure, our excessively large poster arrived (only a tiny bit mangled) in Detroit and was bestowed with a poster award.
Now, I am convinced that we won this award because our poster had the best color scheme of the whole conference. I feel strongly about colors, and other people, too, feel strongly about color combinations I pick out, though not always in the way I would like. Here’s a sample snippet from when Emily and I were experimenting with options while setting up our blog:
EMILY: That is the ugliest, clashingest color combination I have ever seen.
ELIZABETH: What do you mean? I wear these colors together all the time!
EMILY: You… often clash.
In the creation of our poster, my professor and I went back and forth on many aspects of the content and design, but the one change I would not countenance was any alteration to our colors. Which stubbornness I felt was entirely vindicated by subsequent award.
And then, after all that, I looked at our blog and realized for the first time that the main visual feature of our poster — purple heading boxes fading from dark to light — is also the main visual feature of Underage Reading. Apparently, while I love all the colors, I do have a favorite. I do think our blog suffers, however, from lack of the green and orange accents that made our poster a winner.
Additionally: Emily and I realized too late that our blog’s purple-and-gray are also the colors of our high school. The less said about that, the better.