Simon Page is a self-taught graphic designer from the UK with an emphasis on typographic art, illustration and geometric design.
A few months ago he produced a series of posters for the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA) campaign. Here’s a selection along with Simon’s commentary.
“I thought that designing some posters would be a good way to promote me and the [IYA] event. I was lucky enough to have the IYA contact me after seeing my designs. They wanted to use them for the campaign.”
“This one is based heavily on the sixth and biggest planet in our solar system—Saturn. Saturn has a prominent system of rings which consists mostly of ice particles, recreated using a number of equally-spaced ellipses. I have chosen a perspective that gives a feeling of approaching the planet from below.”
“This design incorporates planets half in shade and half in the sun. Rather than create a standard illustration I attempted to make something more geometric and eye catching whilst retaining the retro space feel.”
“The circular lines are indicative of gravitational forces around a planet. The thickness of the circles show the strength of the gravitational force and decrease in thickness as you move away from the centre. I find myself getting lost when I look at it. There is something quite intriguing about this design which I never intentionally added.”
“This was the original design I created. Some awesome feedback encouraged me to design a series. I’m not sure what really inspired me to create this piece in the beginning. I think I can credit some of it to Tron and the grid that the light cycles race on.
“One aim was to recreate some sort of infinite effect using lines appearing to go back to the horizon indefinitely.”
Simon also shared a few websites and designers he finds inspirational:
The full series of International Year of Astronomy 2009 posters are available for purchase via: Graphic design by Simon Page.