Ever since the financial crisis, most folks have been watching and waiting for their retirement portfolios and their home values to rebound. Many continue to wait. And wait. While total personal wealth has come back as an aggregate, the larger story tells a different tale: the wealthy and corporations have recovered just fine, but the average family has yet to see their household wealth rebound. A large part of the problem is that the price of homes, which took a huge hit in the aftermath of the crisis, have yet to bounce back. This leaves many families feeling like they have missed the boat yet again.
To illustrate the point, I chose a shot of a Playmobile toy family to represent the average family. Placing them atop a stack of coins, representing the decreased value of their wealth, was a quick read and would not take up much space on a layout with a lot of information. Here are the original shots:
The first thing to do was to silhouette the images, I needed just one stack of the coins, and the background for the family was not needed. Next, the baby carriage would have to be moved to be in front of the family, again to save space and to read better when placed on top of the stack. Their smiles needed to be rotated into frowns to show that they were unhappy. The perspective on the baby carriage had to be adjusted to the perspective of the coin top. When this was done they looked like this:Next, they were placed on top of the coin stack:Here is the final layout: