Pentagram’s Michael Beirut illustrates the healing of US healthcare

Published:  January 15, 2015

In the new high-profile book America’s Bitter Pill, journalist and media entrepreneur Steven Brill explores the complex issues around American health care and healthcare reform. Pentagram’s Michael Bierut and his team have created a selection of striking illustrations for the cover story featured in this week’s New York Times Book Review, using adhesive bandages to form images of the United States and the American flag.


To create the illustrations, Bierut and Pentagram designer Britt Cobb, collected stock images of bandages and manipulated their size and orientation to form a silhouette of the continental US (made with 272 bandages) for the cover and the ‘Stars and Stripes’ (72 bandages) for an interior spread. The country’s diversity of healthcare approaches is reflected in the sheer variety of bandages, from typical “Band-Aid”-style strips of different colours to unusual shapes like butterfly and spot bandages.

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