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Solar Surfing

Solar Surfing

As the effects of climate change become more prevalent, knowledge of the Sun’s impact on Earth is becoming more important than ever. So we were especially thrilled to be given the opportunity to create a poster for JPL’s “Solar Surfing,” an innovative study whose aim is to develop technology that will allow a spacecraft to come extremely close to the Sun–millions of miles closer than ever before!

The crucial feature of the technology is a shield with a new “highly reflective coating” that should allow a spacecraft, and the instruments inside, to withstand the heat within a narrow shadow. In designing the poster, we wanted to highlight the power of this exciting technology and the sheer boldness of the project.

If you’d like to learn more or download a free copy of your own visit  NASA’s website or pick up a copy here in our print shop.

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Space at the Speed of Light

Space at the Speed of Light

It was an honor and a privilege to design the illustrations for this new book by author and astrophysicist, Dr. Becky Smethurst. Our first foray into book illustration couldn't have been a better fit for us here at 2046.

From the big bang to black holes, this fast-paced illustrated tour of time and space for the astro-curious unlocks the science of the stars to reveal fascinating theories, surprising discoveries, and ongoing mysteries in modern astronomy and astrophysics.

Oxford University astrophysicist and popular YouTube personality Dr. Becky Smethurst presents everything you need to know about the universe in ten accessible and engagingly illustrated lessons. In Space at the Speed of Light: The History of 14 Billion Years for People Short on Time, she guides you through fundamental questions, both answered and unanswered, posed by space scientists. Why does gravity matter? How do we know the big bang happened? What is dark matter? Do aliens exist? Why is the sky dark at night? If you have ever looked up at night and wondered how it all works, you will find answers--and many more questions--in this pocket-sized tour of the universe!


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We got to work with Astronaut Scott Kelly!

We were absolutely thrilled here at 2046 Design when we were asked by Southwest Magazine to create a book cover design for a photo shoot with astronaut Scott Kelly. Finding the right balance of design, spacey-ness and simplicity was key for the client. After sorting through a bunch of options, we settled on a redesign of our Gravity poster for the book cover. Just seeing a real live astronaut next to our design is beyond words.

To check out the entire set of Fundamental Forces poster designs go here.

Photography by Elizabeth Lavin

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6 of Our Favorite Science Documentaries & Shows

I’m a visual person. I always learn (and retain) information more effectively when watching a documentary or video than by other means. I tend to think in a visual way, so naturally I gravitate to visual teaching about the world. Call it educational, documentary, nature show, science programming, I love to watch a show that gives insight into the natural world. Here are some of my favorite places to go when I want to learn something new:

1. Cosmos (Carl Sagan) – Nothing really compares to the original mind blowing documentary series by Carl Sagan. It was one of the first series to make complex information about the universe easily accessible. While the graphics and music may reveal its age, the information in the series is still enlightening and insightful.

2. Cosmos (Neil Degrasse) – A worthy successor to the original, this reboot of the Carl Sagan series picks up right where Carl left off.  With new and improved computer generated graphics we are given a more in depth presentation of our complex reality.

3. BBC Nature Docs (David Attenborough) Planet Earth, Human Planet, Frozen Planet, Blue Planet – I could have tried to pick one, but it was too hard, they are all so good. The BBC has a long history of creating narrative and imagery that keep you engaged and amazed at the natural world. With narration by famed naturalist, Sir David Attenborough these videos have taught me more about the biology of our planet than all of my high school classes combined.

4. Stephen Hawking’s Grand Design – In addition to being one of the greatest minds of our life time Stephen Hawking is also a great writer/narrator. His ability to talk about complex theories and what they mean to him on a fundamental and spiritual level is inspiring.

5. Crash Course –  Youtube is the perfect platform for these short videos packed with information ranging from Philosophy to Sociology all the way to the history of video games. Great for those who want to learn with limited time.

6. Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell – Another Youtube channel that chooses fascinating subject matter and gives a succinct and colorful introduction to them. I am always excited to see a new video by this team.

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New Science Theory Prints

It can sometimes seem more like science fiction than science fact; multiple dimensions, sub-atomic particles, but I’ve been told by multiple sources that these theories are based on real evidence!

Here are 3 new prints that celebrate the scientific method and where it has led some of the smartest people on the planet. String Theory, Universal Gravitation & Quantum mechanics screen prints are now available for purchase.


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Magenta isn’t real!?!?

So this may not seem too profound to a lot of people, but for me it is one of the most significant facts I have come across in a long while. It’s no secret that I am a fan of objective truth and the scientific method. This belief stems from a disbelief in how my brain interprets information. While I know the human brain is a pretty powerful organ you don’t have to look far to see how it is failing us. I’ll avoid entering a diatribe of reasons why I think this world of ours is going to hell, but I will say that Donald Trump is currently leading the polls in the republican primary.

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Newton’s Laws of Motion Posters

They are finally here! THE LAWS OF MOTION as put together by the great Sir Isaac Newton. I’ve been wanting to get these prints made for a long while now, and the folks over at Vahalla Studios did not disappoint. Three 18×24 prints laid out with precision on 100 lb French Paper.

Newton’s laws of motion are three physical laws that, together, laid the foundation for classical mechanics. They describe the relationship between a body and the forces acting upon it, and its motion in response to those forces. They have been expressed in several different ways, over nearly three centuries, and can be summarized as follows.

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Welcome to 2046 Print Shop!!!

2046 Print Shop is excited to be joining together with all the other Internet pages to bring you stuff to think about and look at. At our Print Shop you will find a lot of new design work, including my science posters. My interest in science posters was first sparked by my mild obsession with the Space Race. But then, whenever I found a new documentary about space or this planet of ours, I was drawn in–something as basic as gravity or as sublime as geological formations, it all made me marvel. The designs they inspired became more than just something I wanted to put on my wall, they started to help me see and understand the world.


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