International Year of Astronomy posters

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

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 simoncpage.co.uk.

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.”

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