by Ariadna Zierold
Designed in 1974 by Danne & Blackburn and rescinded by NASA in 1992, the iconic NASA Graphic Standards Manual is being reissued via Kickstarter. Following the resurfacing of the story behind the two NASA logos earlier in the year, the work that went into the eye-catching ‘worm’ logo has been scanned from original documents and collated in hardback format.
The signature of NASA’s visual identity was the memorable logo known as “the worm,” which was jettisoned in 1992 and replaced with NASA’s original logo, known as “the meatball.”
The manual is a beautiful example of rational, systematic design and one of those examples that sets the standard for design excellence. A document well worth preserving for the future as a learning tool, a gorgeous object, and a moment in design history.