Kepler Telescope: NASA

Curator: Eric Rodenbeck
date: November 7, 2013
Categories: Book & Magazine Design, Information Design, Motion Graphics
Tags: kepler, space
NASA’s Kepler Telescope is amazing. It has confirmed discovery of more than 150 planets since it was launched in 2009. 

Think about that for a second. Because of Kepler, we now know—as surely as we know the Earth revolves around the Sun, or that Pluto is no longer a planet, dammit—that there are other planets in our galaxy. We’re also starting to know a lot more about them—how big they are, how far they are from their suns, how fast they orbit. 
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Space Camp: Tom Sachs

Curator: Dress Code
date: June 1, 2012
Categories: Advertising, Experience Design
Tags: art, Nike, space
Launched on the eve of Tom’s SPACE PROGRAM: Mars, this joint venture between Tom and the Nike design team fuses, in several significant ways, the design sensibility Sachs brings to space travel. This video was directed by Van Neistat of HBO fame.
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SA MI 75 DZ NY 12: Doug Wheeler

Curator: Kelli Anderson
date: April 12, 2012
Categories: Experience Design
Tags: architecture, Doug Wheeler, installation, space
Some of my favorite movie moments involve a swimming pool, a character and a pause in storytelling. In The Graduate, Harold & Maude and Rushmore (just to name a few), a character walks to the pool’s edge where they drop, splash and quietly float for some several long, uncomfortable seconds. The camera’s indifferent, slow pan mollifies any sense of alarm—narrative concerns like “drowning?” fade into the background. These scenes are different than the others. They are voluptuously sensory experiences, which provide a surreal moment of sympathetic sensation within the otherwise plot-driven medium of film.
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The Celestial Handbook: Lutz Bacher

Curator: Hilary Greenbaum
date: April 2, 2012
Categories: Illustration
Tags: art, language, space
Lutz Bacher’s series of eighty-five prints entitled The Celestial Handbook, now on view at the Whitney Biennial, is obviously not a graphic design project. But the set of works, which are nothing more than framed pages from a forty-six-year-old, self-published book about astronomy, poignantly address the gap that sometimes occurs between the visual and verbal articulations of an idea—a gap that has both inspired and plagued the field of graphic design.
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