This design project helps us relate to the solar system itself and find our place in the universe. We might all just be space dust in the big picture, but this project gives us a chance to grasp our own individual humanity and ephemeral time on earth. We all are part of the universe, so let's make it count!
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Discover the solar system on the personal human scale, using a birthdate, historical or individual achievement, archived on a poster. Each design is unique and personalised.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Customer can use a personal date, choose to celebrate an historical event or their hero's birthdate.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Launched a Kickstarter campaign for this project in August 2015. Raised 83 660 Euros from 1 514 backers. Production started in November 2015 in the USA. More than 1600 posters have been printed.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Graphics and Visual Communication Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
This schematised design of the solar system use data from NASA's JPL for accurate planets' placement. The four dimensions (x, y, z, t) are used to represent a particular location in time and space. x, y, z are set to the heliocentric view that I've found the most visually pleasing. The orbital paths are illustrated in gradient lines, illustrating the counterclockwise direction of all the planets. Their sizes as well as the distances between them are schematised in order to make all the orbits and objects visibles at this scale.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Posters come in 2 sizes: 310 x 460 mm and 610 x 910 mm. They are printed on thick museum-quality and acid-free matte paper. Available in 3 colors: pitch black, dark night and blue print.
space, astronomy, science, poster, print, solar system, NASA, personal, history, birthday
I recently got obsessed by the idea of seeing a specific date within the solar system. I spent weeks researching the solar system in order to make the most accurate model possible. I've always loved anything space related, and there is a zen quality I find in contemplating pictures of the universe, it helps me relax when I'm anxious, helps me put things in perspective.
Develop an Illustrator script that generates the planets positions according to a given date and from the NASA JPL data.
TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Designer: Angélique Govy and Developer: Martin Vézina
Main picture is a mock up made from a pixelbuddha / Vadim Sherbakov template.
copyrights belong to govy, 2015