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20 Stunning Illustrations of US Soldiers


Well, I wanted to honor those who died and I was thinking of something that I could do, so I decided to blog about it. Here are 20 stunning illustrations of US Soldiers. Hopefully, while viewing these illustrations, we can remind ourselves of the great and ultimate sacrifice that these soldiers have given us. Let us also spend a moment to think about all those families who have just lost a loved one.

The last two designs are my favorite. The final illustration was actually created by a United States soldier who served the country in Iraq.

Note: Please click on the images to see more information and learn more about the artists.


“I regret that I have but one life to give for my country.” – Nathan Hale


“It is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.” – Henry Ward Beecher

Soldier Letter

“Life’s most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” – Martin Luther King Jr.


“Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much.” – Erich Fromm

Soldier Shooting

“Only a life lived for others is worth living.” – Albert Einstein

Soldier Holding Gun

“To give without any reward, or any notice, has a special quality of its own.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Fallen Soldier

“We must want for others, not ourselves alone.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

Soldier Running

“What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.” – Albert Pine

Soldier Standing

“You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” – John Wooden

US Soldier

“You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.”


“You must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing.” – Andrew Jackson

Soldier Stare

“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” – Dalai Lama

Under Attack

“The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.” – William James

Walking in the Forest

“The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.” – Charles Du Bos

US Marine

“There is no higher service than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.” – Woodrow Wilson


“Sacrificing your happiness for the happiness of the one you love, is by far, the truest type of love.”


“Sacrifice still exists everywhere, and everywhere the elect of each generation suffers for the salvation of the rest.” – Henri Frederic


“Those things which are precious are saved only by sacrifice.” – David Kenyon Webster

Saving a Life

“In this time of war, and in memory of our fallen heroes, we must be mindful to do everything in our power to keep our troops safe as they keep us safe. We must do better to take care of their families, who sacrifice in ways too many count.” – John Kerry


“Freedom is never free.”

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  1. 1

    Jonathan Christopher

    September 22, 2007 12:10 am

    I just wanted to note, as an additional reference, for your very comprehensive coverage, that I’ve written an additional piece regarding the semantics issue that has been brought up in this ongoing discussion.

    There are some great comment threads surrounding CSS frameworks, with a lot of very intelligent arguments coming from both sides.

  2. 2

    Great article – thx a ton!

  3. 3

    Thanx for providing nice article on this subject really loved it..

  4. 4

    I feel like:

    CSS Reset Reloaded by Eric Meyer
    font-size:62.5%; by Richard Rutter

    is all I need to get started.

  5. 5

    very informative article, bookmarked it, thanks.

  6. 6

    Thanks for covering this topic! I am currently redesigning my blog, and this is a very timely article as I decide whether to use a framework or not in redesigning the site. :) But then, all your articles are simply smashing.

  7. 7

    Over the years I have created many CSS files and through that have built up a vast library of templates. My main CSS file is always basic styles etc. The next will always be more specific settings. I believe that by dividing the files up between basic and advanced helps keep you more organized.

  8. 8

    Here is another framework, Elements

  9. 9

    Oddly enough, I created my own framework beginning last year to make my work easier. It’s not as fancy or complete as some of those others, but it does have some very nice features that they don’t have (as far as I know, anyway). The main goal was to have a two column layout that was source reordered, while simultaneously centered and resizable. Need to update it though.
    Perfect Layout

  10. 10

    I’m using Blueprint CSS along with the Django Framework and some filters for advanced typography on a german site for life hacks.

    It’s so beautiful to read, but you have to remember, the CSS will only do part of it and not the whole job.

  11. 11

    I agree with Matt (#4). I used Eric Meyer’s reset sheet and changed the font-size to 62.5% and everything works perfectly.

  12. 12

    I recommend everyone to avoid using css framework. Any website should have its own css files, instead of generic ones. The reset or generic css files from Eric Meyer or the one from Tripoli worth a look. I recommend these css files for content layout only, not the template structure…

  13. 13

    I am currently developing my own CSS framework. I think it is much more important to do that then use someone else’s as it demonstrates your capabilities along with ensuring a strong knowledge of the language (in this case CSS).

  14. 14

    I would say frameworks are great if you have the time to learn them and you are already familiar with the CSS code. If you are somebody who wants to try to learn it all with the quick framework method, you won’t be able to troubleshoot.

    I think the best way to go about it is to develop your own framework – which is what people end up doing over time anyways.

    Good article.

  15. 15

    Nice article. First I saw it on but not so well explained. 2 thumbs-up

  16. 16

    Well-researched article, thank you!

    However, you’ve missed ESWAT.

  17. 17

    Great article! It’s great to see an honest open minded article on this topic. I have spent a great deal of time learning CSS and find these frameworks a great way to produce sites that work out of the box and deliver product to the client in a more efficient/quicker manner.

    We can now concentrate on design and not browser bugs!

  18. 18

    I was not aware that CSS Frameworks existed. I have bookmarked this article and I will definitely refer to it in the future. Thanks!

  19. 19

    Just in time for me with this one. I was just thinking the other day as I was developing a site, that I need to develop a css framework, but you provided it here for me. thanks

  20. 20

    blueprintcss is a very promising framework

  21. 21

    Great article, as usual. I’ve been giving a lot of thought to using frameworks and have spent some time with Blueprint and YUI. There’s some good work going on in the field and I have taken some of the ideas and incorporated them into my work.

    I think that instead of making a one size fits all framework, I’m more inclined to build a library of reusable text and layout styles that I can plug and play into a site.

    It starts with a reset modeled on Eric Meyer’s then a standard HTML element set of styles. I’ve been using the List-a-matic menu conventions for my navigation and have been saving some layout patterns with consistent naming of id’s and classes. The patterns are installed in my editor’s clippings library and ready to include with a few keystrokes. Common IE bug fixes are in their own library and ready to include.

    It certainly takes longer to build your own library than to learn how to use a framework but doing so brings the advantages of reusability and completeness and avoids the bloat of unused classes that a framework needs to include. It’s a work in progress that began with a site I built a year ago and have added to with each new design. So I’m not sitting down and trying to build a library but saving the best parts of sites as I go.

  22. 22

    Global resets and font-size 62.5% is where I always begin.
    Everything else is the fun part!

    Great article none-the-less.

  23. 23

    What a coincidence! I just thought of developing my own framework before going to bed last night…and here I am reading this article! What are the odds of that happening?

    Thanks! At least now I know it’s called “frameworks” and although you gave a lot of predeveloped frameworrks to begin with, I’d still prefer to make my own.

  24. 24

    another awesome article. Thanks guys.

  25. 25

    I’ve been thinking about frame works recently and how to create a typography style sheet where you would only need to change the font-size, line-height and margins once (on the body element) and all subsequent elements would cascade to maintain the vertical rhythm.

    I set my line-height in pixels on the body element and it resized along with the font-size in Firefox!

    I’m unsure as to the next steps though…

  26. 26

    Jean-Philippe Encausse

    September 24, 2007 9:53 pm

    Hi !

    Does any body know a serious website that list naming convention for css classes/ids ? In a large scope:

    – For layout: #Wrapper, #page, #column
    – For look: .colored, .float,
    – For …

    I’m not exactly talking about CSS Framework, the goal behind this is to design a generic part of a web site with a kind of css “contract” for other developers.

    Example ?
    – Login form of application
    – Facebook layouts
    – Generic poll design
    – …


  27. 27

    Further to my last comment, if you specify the margin-bottom in ems (say, 1.5) and then set margin-bottom to inherit on your headings and paragraphs, it should maintain consistent vertical rhythm.

    Working in Firefox.

  28. 28

    “Assuming use of additional style sheets, these “reset” or “undo” style sheets are rarely necessary, and the redundancy created is probably neither wise nor professional”, may I even cite a recent UA CSS post … CSS frameworks and CSS “resets” may be seen useful in certain cases, but of course, they’re never an efficient solution (or even “the best”). Which might make them a real taboo anyway …

    However, nice roundup for everyone interested in the matter.

  29. 29

    It seems like a lot of designer’s forget about print media these days. It would be nice for example, to print these articles without the comments, or perhaps hide things that don’t make sense on the printed page (e.g. navigation). Just a thought…

  30. 30

    Nice post, too many tools to choose from 0_o


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