Congo. A very personal design project.

Congo. A very personal design project.

We at  love all of the projects we do for our clients.  But sometimes a very special assignment comes in and it proves to be a very personal endeavor.

My father, who for many years now, has been writing the story of his time in The Congo with the Irish Army in the 1960’s, decided it was time to bind it all together into some sort of document, which would become a piece of family history for generations to come.  I jumped at the chance, as it is a story I have heard many times in my life, but only in bits and pieces. However I wanted to make it into a book that future generations would be proud to place in their bookshelves, so we embarked on this new design project. At he beginning of this summer we started out putting the book together, and the result is a 20 page memoir which I am now proud to have sitting on my shelf.

Because Dad was part of the platoon that found the bodies after the Niemba massacre, we felt it necessary to chronicle that search and rescue, I created 3 full page infographics outlining the events, and as we believe this hasn’t been done before, we are pretty proud of the outcome.

Sometimes we put off personal projects because work always seems to take priority, but this time I made it my mission to push myself to finish this piece of work, no matter how busy I was. Now copies have gone out to our family and also to Irish Army archives and the Army Veteran’s association….and the upshot is that the General has asked the other veterans to write their own stories to be submitted to Army archives.

Not a bad summer project for Fletcher Bentley IT & Design.

 

 

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By: Dorothy Fletcher Bentley.