Chris George — the news design team leader for the Arizona Republic at Gannett’s Phoenix Design Studio — tells us:

Today, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, Arizona celebrates the 100th anniversary of its statehood.

The Arizona Republic marks the date with a hefty centennial edition, chock full of special content. (And lots of color ads that met the color-page-count limits of our press!)

Here’s today’s front page, designed by Amy King and featuring a gorgeous photo by Republic staffer Michael Chow.

Click on that — or any page today — for a closer look.

Chris writes:

All told, the paper stacks up like this:

  • 46 pages in the A section (actually split over two A sections, complete with a second cover)
  • 10 pages in Valley & State
  • 12 in Sports
  • 6 in Business
  • 20 in Arizona Living
  • Plus, a special appearance of our community tabloid editions, which normally don’t publish on Tuesdays.

The vast majority of the paper’s content is centennial-related.

We’ve been working on this in various forms for several weeks. Credit to Amy King for driving the overall visual scheme for this project as we collaborated with our paper’s top editors, our photo desk and other designers. And a huge thanks to Emmanuel Lozano, who dug up all kinds of photos for these pages and for online use.

A comprehensive index to today’s centennial coverage is on page two. It was also designed by Amy King:

Page A16, below left, shows the governor of the new state. Page A17 reprints the front page of the Arizona Republican — as it was known then — 100 years ago today.


At the bottom right of A17 is an interesting bit from the New York Times about how president William Howard Taft was filmed by a movie camera as he signed the official statehood proclamation. It was the first time a president had ever been photographed for “moving pictures.”

Page 19 shows how the territory grew over time until the current state outline was filled in.

At the bottom of the page is a ten-question quiz on Arizona trivia.

The first A section ends with page 20. Here’s the cover of the second A section, designed by Amy King.

Designer Keri Hegre — who went to a lot of trouble last night to send us these pages — tells us:

Amy used an old letterpress tray as the backdrop for little tchotchkes representing facets of Arizona. For example, there’s a Goldwater ’64 pin from former Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater‘s presidential campaign, a piece of turquoise, a roadrunner bolo tie (the official state neckwear), a kachina, a segment from a silver Navajo concho belt and a watch with a caricature of former Gov. Rose Mofford on the face.”


I just love political buttons and other memorabilia. Very cool.

Page A24 (below, left) goes into the political story of just how Arizona became a state.


Page A25 (above right) addresses the state archives. Which, I presume, contained a lot of the material used on these pages.

Chris tells us:

In addition to great photos and interesting stories, we had some unusual formats to work with, such as a quiz, a timeline spread out over five pages, and ten “top 10” lists that add up to 100 people, places and events that shaped our state.

As part of this 100th-birthday coverage, we’ve polled our online readers to help us narrow down the winners of the “top 10” lists, on subjects ranging from the “top 10 ways Arizona influenced the world” to the “top 10 Arizona scandals.” We’re running those lists spread out through all the broadsheet sections of the paper,

Here are a couple of examples of these Top 10 lists: Ways Arizona influenced the World on page A36 (below left)…


…the most influential people from Arizona and the most important historical events before Arizona became a state on page A37 (above, right).

Pages A38 and A39 list the top icons and other things Iowa has to be proud of.


Pages A41 and A43 consist of an illustrated timeline of the state’s history, designed by Adrienne Hapanowicz.


Nicely done. Sadly, though, the pages didn’t run face-to-face as you see here. I presume that was because of color ad positions.

OK, that was it for the two A sections. The B section led off with special birthday pieces by three Republic columnists and illustrated by editorial cartoonist Steve Benson.

This page was designed by Chris George.

Page B4 (below, left) lists the top 10 political scandals in Arizona history.


Page B8 (above, right) cites five Arizona natives who are older than the state itself.

Here’s the visual centerpiece of today’s B-section centennial coverage: A series of cartoon vignettes, as Keri tells us, by…

Bob Boze Bell, the executive editor of True West magazine and a contributor to the Republic.”

Bell drew a regular cartoon feature for the Phoenix New Times from 1983 to 1987 and again from 1991 to 1992, the text at the bottom of the page explains. Some of these drawings are reruns from that feature.

And it looks as if he’s taken the opportunity to offend just about everyone. A few examples:

Even today’s sports front gets in on the act. The lead story here is about a young Hopi Indian man sent to Pennsylvania’s Carlisle Indian Industrial School in 1907 and who won a silver medal in the 10,000-meter race at the 1912 Olympics.

That page was designed by Brandon Ferrill.

A lot of Centennial material appeared in today’s business section. Here’s the biz front, designed by Kathleen Rudell.

The focus is on the seven key events that are responsible for creating the economy that Arizona enjoys today. In addition to the electrical power produced by the Roosevelt Dam built in 1911 — No. 1 on the list — the other items, in chronological order, are:

It’s a very nice little visual timeline, built with period photos.

Page D2 contains ten vintage photos of businesses throughout the state of Arizona. The pictures — all supplied by readers — correspond to phat cutlines at the bottom of the page.

That page, too, was designed by Kathleen Rudell. As was this one, an elaborate timeline of the history of business over the state’s 100 years.

Yet another Top 10 list appears on page D5: This one is on the top technological innovations that have helped shape Arizona.

For the features front, designer Adrienne Hapanowicz turned the page on its side and played off an Arizona state flag motif to present 100 reasons to love the state.

Inside were even more Top 10 lists. Page E8 (below, left) listed the top things that have made Arizona famous.


Page E9 (above, right) list the state residents that should be — but who aren’t necessarily — famous.

Even the zoned tabs got into the act today, as Chris mentioned above. They don’t normally publish on Tuesdays.


The Scottsdale front was designed by Amy Grimes. The Tempe front was designed by Chuck Henrikson.

The entire centennial project actually kicked off on Sunday, Keri reminds us. I posted this front page — designed by Chris George — back on Sunday. Here it is again.

The Republic asked readers to tell them — in six words or fewer — their hopes and dreams for the next 100 years.

Biz also ran a forward-looking, centennial-themed story on Sunday’s biz front. This, too, was designed by Kathleen Rudell.

In addition, all the Top 10 lists were collected into an e-book designed by Amy King.

Find that here.

Plus, there’s a ton of stuff online — most of which appears to be in today’s edition. But some of which isn’t. Find it all here.

Chris tells us:

And, if all this isn’t enough, this design team is simultaneously working on another design project, a guide to spring training, led by designers Courtney Kan and Rachel Orr.

Chris also gave us the full design credits. Which is good, because a couple of these names haven’t come up yet:

A section: Amy King and Adrienne Hapanowicz (assists by Keri Hegre and Chris George)

Valley & State and Opinion: Chris George, Keri Hegre and Rick Konopka

Sports: Brandon Ferrill

Business: Kathleen Rudell

Arizona Living: Adrienne Hapanowicz and Audrey Tate

Photo editing: Emmanuel Lozano

Community Republic design team: Chuck Henrikson, Terry Beahm, Danny Garcia, Melissa Gates, Amy Grimes, Parisa Hajizadeh-Amini and Vic Vogel

Digibook: Amy King

Average daily circulation for the Arizona Republic is 292,838.

  • The next statehood centennial coming up will be that of Alaska. I’ll plan to post pages commemorating that centennial… on Jan. 3, 2059.