This tragic novel charts the downfall of a firefighter doing his best to be a good father, husband, lover and colleague, only to fail on all fronts. The firefighter is an ordinary, sympathetic guy lost in a turbulent existence. Surprisingly, there are no actual fires in this novel about a firefighter. Instead, the fireman’s life is a metaphorical building that is burning and collapsing around him. The biggest fire he is fighting is his own life. This novel asks the question: how can one escape the burning building that is one’s life?
I cut the letters of the title out of paper and arranged them in a way that is reminiscent of a fire – as if the words “GOOD MEN” are going up in flames. The letters rise up in a smoke-like form to reference a fire in a creative way. Blue and red color is used to emphasize the visual association with fire.
The result is a visual metaphor for “GOOD MEN” blazing into entropic chaos.