Pioneer Plaque Comes Back to Earth

Pioneer Plaque

In 1972 and 1973, NASA’s Pioneer 10 and 11 probes were launched into space to explore the depths of the universe. Attached to their antenna supports is the Pioneer Plaque, a gold-anodized aluminum plate designed by Frank Drake, Carl Sagan, and Linda Salzman. The plate depicts mankind with the intent to explain who and where we are to any extraterrestrials that may find it.

Today, accomplished designer and space enthusiast, Duane King launched a Kickstarter campaign to issue exact replicas of the plaque. The reproductions will be made of the same material and hand-engraved by the original manufacturer. To reach a wider audience, laser-etched aluminum versions will also be available. As of now, only three plaques exist – two that are billions of kilometers away from Earth and one on display in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. King wants his backers to experience the magical feeling of holding the unique emblem that may one day share our existence with other beings. To support his efforts, make sure to contribute to the campaign before it expires on June 16th.

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828

828

828 is a design collective that is proud to live and work in Austin. Collaborating with small businesses and large events like South by Southwest, the studio crafts exciting designs for institutions that make Austin a vibrant city. Inspired by the local culture, their illustrative work often features traditional southern imagery. This is evident in their poster for the Austin-based electro-rock band, Ghostland Observatory. As a valiant eagle rises towards a sky lit with laser beams, it flashes its colorful wings covered in Tex-Mex-inspired patterns. Cleverly representing the band’s Texan roots, funky music, and wild laser shows, the poster was awarded Gold in the 2016 Graphis Poster Annual.

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Jacob Escobedo

Jacob Escobedo

If you’ve recently walked into a record store or flipped through the TV channels, you’ve probably seen the art of Jacob Escobedo. In addition to being the VP of creative design at Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, he immerses himself in a number of side projects. He’s designed album covers for bands, such as The Shins and Broken Bells, and crafted editorial illustrations for The New Yorker, MIT Technology Review, and other prominent publications. Highly influenced by vintage sci-fi book covers and artists like David Pelham and Jean Giraud (AKA Mœbius), his work is filled with galactic scenery and otherworldly characters. These cosmic compositions radiate with pink, blue, and purple rays of light that beautifully glisten against the darkness of outer space. Similar colors are also present in his series of album covers for Adult Swim Singles, a collection of free songs by contemporary musicians. The artwork’s marbled and oozing colors look as though they are dripping before your eyes. This optical illusion is brought to life on the project’s website where the illustrations are transformed into interactive animations.

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Raphael Schoen

Raphael Schoen

Raphael Schoen is a Swiss graphic designer and co-founder of Präsens Büro, a studio based in Lucerne. Often designing for creative events and organizations, he’s produced a wide collection of posters that employ abstract collages and bold typography. In his poster for the dance performance, Ritual Warriors, he created an intricate composition that injected warmth and energy into the otherwise black and white photography. The fluid shapes of the photos further enhance the performers’ movements and create the illusion that they are dancing around the type.

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Jee-ook Choi

Jee-ook Choi

I can’t stop looking at Jee-ook Choi’s poster series for the 20th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival. With gravity-defying ladders and characters that sit and fall in multiple directions, the posters pay homage to MC Escher’s surreal and playful compositions. In addition to a vague sense of perspective, the series juxtaposes elements, such as day vs. night and water vs. land, to create an extra dose of mystery and intrigue.

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Lucy Jones

Lucy Jones

Lucy Jones is an illustrator, designer, and printmaker based in the UK. She often designs posters for musicians and music festivals and takes on self-initiated projects such as designing book covers for stories in The New Yorker. Brimming with collaged photographs, loose brushstrokes, and handwritten scripts, her work is refreshingly uninhibited. By combining these elements with a small handful of colors and typefaces, Jones creates a signature style that is playful and unabashed.

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Nejc Prah

Nejc Prah

Nejc Prah is a Slovenian graphic designer based in New York City. An up-and-coming designer with an intriguing style, he’s earned accolades from the Type Directors Club and was named an ADC Young Gun for 2016. In addition to designing at Bloomberg Businessweek, Prah works on freelance projects and is a member of the artist collaborative, Ansambel.

I am especially drawn to his work for the Fotopub Photography Festival, an event in Novo Mesto, Slovenia that aims to educate, inspire, and connect photographers. For the festival’s identity system, Prah used a cracked egg to symbolize the birth of the new ideas and relationships that are formed at the event. This theme became a continuous thread throughout the festival’s promotional materials that illustrate the numerous ways an egg can be broken.

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Menta

Menta

Menta is a branding and packaging studio founded by Laura Méndez. Based in Guadalajara, the studio works with small businesses throughout Mexico. I find their work for Manassé, a French-African inspired boulangerie, to be especially charming. For the bakery, Menta crafted a packaging system that blends Parisian-inspired color pallets with traditional patterns from the West African nation of Benin. The designs are lively yet sophisticated, and the gold foil details add an extra dose of elegance to each box.

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