When I was a design student, myself and other students were asked often what artists inspired us. It didn’t take long for me to realize that “uh… van Gogh?” wasn’t an acceptable answer. In fact, I began to realize that the answer to this question was an easy way to separate who was passionate about design from who wasn’t.
One of the most memorable designers whose work I discovered at that time was Simon Page. Captured below are a series of prints he created for the International Year of Astronomy in 2009 — prints that are still stuck in my head 11 years later. At the time, and now, I’m struck by the effect that is created through the use of limited shapes and color. Page describes the International Year of Astronomy as “a global effort to help the citizens of the world rediscover their place in the Universe through the day and night-time sky, and thereby engage a personal sense of wonder and discovery.” I’d say the prints fit the theme.