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International Year of Astronomy posters

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Posted by Mark Sinclair, 24 November 2009, 14:13    Permalink    Comments (23)

Starting out as a self-initiated project, Simon Page's posters for the International Year of Astronomy 09 ended up being used by the organisation and are now available to buy as prints. Click through to see more of them...

Page is a self-taught UK-based graphic designer with a particular interest in geometric patterns and shapes, which may stem from his degree in Applied Mathematics. But mathematics' loss is certainly design's gain, as Page has been creating some great work over the last couple of years.

Initially designed as self-promotional pieces, the posters eventually caught the eye of the IYA 09 organisation – a global astronomical awareness effort initiated by the International Astronomical Union and UNESCO – which approached him a few months ago to see if they could use them in their own promotional work (which Page agreed to). "Rather than go for a modern sci-fi, highly Photoshopped image, I've gone for a more retro feel with posters that you might of expect to see on an old astronomy book back in the 60s and 70s," says Page on his website.

Their popularity online has thus led Page to issue them all in two sizes measuring 13" x 19" and 18" x 24" (priced at a modest $40 and $60, respectively). You can view and purchase all the prints in the series, here.

Here are four of our favourites, followed by the complete set of ten. More of Page's work is at

Page has asked us to add that there is also a 50% discount on shipping in the UK (and free in the US) if customers spend $80 (the price of two of the smaller prints). Discounts are also available for those wishing to buy more than two prints.

According to the paper spec on Page's site: "The prints are on museum-quality paper that meet strict industry standards. The paper is internally buffered to resist fading and acid-free to eliminate any degradation. The inks have a very high pigment density, which allows for the sharpest possible image, perfect reflection of light and the widest range of printable colour. The pigment also resists water, light, and gas for superior archiving properties."


Wow it's the international year of astronomy? No one told me. Anyway this is some of the best design work I have seen this year and I want some prints now!
2009-11-24 15:10:28

Those 4 on the left are my favourite - love them!
2009-11-24 15:12:14

Awesome! These designs *literally* knock me out!
2009-11-24 15:14:13

Love them.
2009-11-24 15:17:41

Beautiful pieces
2009-11-24 15:20:26

I agree with Jack, this is some of the best design work I've seen in ages.
2009-11-24 15:54:54

Great stuff, the purple & orange one really works, should have been a calendar...
2009-11-24 16:05:32

Love this kind of stuff. Now if only I could get clients that did too!
2009-11-24 16:47:34

Nummy with big num-nums!
Katy McDevitt
2009-11-24 17:35:18

Great stuff.
2009-11-24 23:10:31

Middle bottom just sneaks it for me, although these are all absolutely beautiful. I too want these prints immediately
2009-11-24 23:15:17

Retro and stylish - i love them! Though I didn't know it was the national year of astronomy this year...

Quite tempted by a few of these prints - especially 2, 7, 8 and 10!
2009-11-25 08:58:36

I want them all - best stuff I have seen on here in ages...
2009-11-25 11:18:11

The one bottom left is slightly out of place with the rest but I like them very much.
It does take me back 30 years or so, but it all comes round again doesn't it?

Jonathan Madden
2009-11-25 11:23:32

Grenville Hamlyn
2009-11-25 17:18:34

Yup, the kind of job we all wish we worked on more often.

A solution clearly inspired by Penguin book covers of days gone by. Yet no less refreshing for it! Beautifully arresting.

Wonderfully designed ;)
2009-11-25 17:42:00

truly ace
2009-11-26 12:50:56

Woooooooh Just saw your Calendar post and then then - nice work!
2009-11-26 16:19:20

LOVE the brown one! stunning...!
2009-11-27 16:19:43

Would make a great set of stamps too...
2009-11-27 16:53:37

So retro, reminds me of my school science books, great!, minimalistic, yet strong and effective images.
2009-11-27 19:48:47

Bravo! Full of retro yumminess. Excellent.
Hard Candy
2009-11-30 12:10:20

Has anyone got any idea how you recreate the pattern on the bottom left poster? I've been trying and failing for ages!
James Vincent
2009-12-10 02:52:14

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