A creative team of visual strategists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), known as "The Studio," designed a vibrant collection of 15 posters, titled "Visions of the Future." These free-to-download prints are a based on a series of exoplanets -- planets orbiting other stars -- to celebrate NASA's study of them. According to David Delgado, JPL Visual Strategist, the “point was to share a sense of things on the edge of possibility that are closely tied to the work our people are doing today.”
The team gravitated to the lush and nostalgic style of the posters the Work Projects Administration (WPA) created for the national parks in the mid-1930s through the 1940s.
“The WPA poster style is beloved, and other artists have embraced it before us,” said Delgado. “Our unique take was to take one specific thing about the place and focus on the science of it. We chose exoplanets that had really interesting, strange qualities, and everything about the poster was designed to amplify the concept. The same model guided us for the posters that focus on destinations in the solar system.”
It’s truly a challenge to pick a favorite out of the collection! Ceres and PSO J318.5-22 have a fun old Hollywood feel, while Mars and The Grand Tour are a bit more colorful and late ‘50s early ‘60s mod. If you’re looking for something a little closer to home, the “Earth: Your Oasis in Space” poster may be the perfect fit.
The entire series is available for download and print here.
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