Wow WordPress has informed me this morning that I’ve been doing this thing for 7 years! How time flies, so here’s to 7 more years! I’ve enjoyed the journey and the cybernetic winds of destiny that have brought some of us into contact ha ha. Speaking of flying, destiny and time, there was a time when people (well at least in the East and West blocks of the mid 20th century) dreamed of a space age and this was reflected in music, films, clothes, cars, household appliances, architecture, you name it, it was everywhere. It was our destiny to explore and live in space, inner and outer. I think the 60’s marked the point where people increasingly turned to inner space as everyone realized that cold war paranoia, racial/class tensions, corporate wars and all out Roman-feast type consumerism was here to stay.
These days inner space means plugging into the internet and staying there as long as possible in the belief that somehow we are living in the future. What we have for the most part is a bunch of techno gadgets in the attic, far away from personal jet-packs and holidays on the moon. So NASA’s ‘imagination is our window into the future’ rallying cry reminds me that, for example, science fiction novels and movies were these windows before google search. I wonder if my generation can muster the same kind of innocent amazement without detachment and irony? Anyway, what this long rant actually brings me to are these imaginary space travel posters that evoke those very same novels by Asimov, Clarke, Dick, Gibson and others we all sought out in dusty second hand bookshops at one time or another.
3 of these were designed by Invisible Creature, a multi-disciplinary design and illustration studio founded in 2006 and based in Seattle, WA. This was a special project for the two founders as their grandfather Al Paulsen was an illustrator and graphic designer at NASA for over 30 years.