Almost exactly 50 years ago, on the 20th of July 1969, man first landed on the Moon. In the heat of the space race president John F. Kennedy declared that Americans would land on the Moon by the end of 1960s, and what do you know, they did*.
A giant rocket Saturn V was constructed, capable of carrying space ship Apollo 11 to the Moon. We are celebrating the 50th anniversary of this momentous moment with a poster illustrating Saturn V.
The poster is available in our store.
(* Some people might still disagree but we don’t hold with conspiracy theories and are all the happier for it.)
This year for its holiday program Experyment Science Center focuses on space travel and flying. We were asked to design a poster which would combine this theme with play and experiments. When we told them what we wanted to do, we were given three boxes of fun stuff: science toys, microscope parts, lab equipment, a model of the solar system. We also raided our son’s room for toys and then constructed a rocket of all those bits and pieces we chose.
Projects like this are awesome for reminding us that design is more than being stuck to the computer screen and can be fun in more than one way.
The flashlights-as-rocket-engines might be our favorite part.
This year marks 100 years of the establishment of the Bauhaus school of design and we (along with the rest of the world) are celebrating the occasion with a poster.
Bauhaus is one of the most recognizable names and most important institutions in the history of design and particularly modernist design which – as you may know or not – is very much what we love. So working on the poster was pure (math-tinted) pleasure.
We drew several iconic Bauhaus designs isometrically (celebrating Bauhaus artists’ – and ours – fondness for isometry) and arranged them into a number 100.
You can buy the poster on the Bazaar or Society6.
Our version of the logo for the centennial.
This detail includes Wassily Chair by Marcel Breuer, Marianne Brandt’s tea infuser and pot by Wolfgang Rossger & Friedrich Marby.
This detail includes furniture from Gropius’ office and nesting tables by Josef Albers.
This might be our favorite piece of Bauhaus design: chessboard by Josef Hartwig.
Happy Bauhaus 100!
Continuing Project Doolittle, which honors the Pixies’ amazing album, we tackled “Crackity Jones” this week.
During Christmas clean-up of the house we found three jars of colored stones which were probably intended for plant pots but we had bought them with some unspecified future design project in mind. And this turned out to be the perfect opportunity to try them. (Also our older son had so much fun with helping that this turned out to be a perfect family activity, too.)
And yes, we designed the letters digitally before we made them tangible.
Front cover of the single.
Four more songs to go – and we’re working on it.