Ad/Graph Thesis – Reaching Out

Last week, I shared what my big idea was. Almost everyone I've talked with seems to enjoy the idea, and I've continued to dive into the topic.

I recently set up a survey that gauges people's stances on space in general and poses the big question: What would you send into space and why? The survey can be taken here, and I've already received some very interesting answers. Here a few of my favorites:

  • "September" by Earth, Wind & Fire, because I believe it to be the happiest song ever recorded."
  • "If I could send out a camera that would never lose its charge and record whatever it finds and transmits it back, that'd be cool. Or a Nickelback CD so we're sure alien life never visits us."
  • "A bottle of wine, because we all know it gets better with age. By the time it reaches anything able to consume it, that will be one expensive bottle."
  • "A seed of any sort, with directions on what it needs to grow and survive. If something was out there that was able to understand how to make the seed grow then we would more likely than not start a new species of plant somewhere and change everything about that somewhere."
  • "A box set of The X-Files... Milder deserves to know the truth. Or Liam Payne of One Direction, because he's my least favorite."

"September" by Earth, Wind & Fire.
© 2012 Sony Music Entertainment.

A box set of  The X-Files . Photo Credit: Amazon.

A box set of The X-Files. Photo Credit: Amazon.

Photo Credit: Wine Tours of the World.

Photo Credit: Wine Tours of the World.

Photo Credit: AllThingsD.

Photo Credit: AllThingsD.

I also stumbled across Earth Tapestry, which is a nonprofit that uses the internet to democratically determine the cultural significance of different landmarks and locations. They also have plans to preserve this information on the Moon in the form of a laser-engraved sapphire disk. This particular project is being coordinated in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon University. Best of all, William Alba, the founder and director of the project has an email listed, so I recently reached out to him. If all goes well, he could a great resource for this project.

The Metasphere Chamber that will securely house the Earth Tapestry data on the moon. Photo Credit: Earth Tapestry

The Metasphere Chamber that will securely house the Earth Tapestry data on the moon.
Photo Credit: Earth Tapestry

I was also recommended this article, which does an excellent job weighing the pros and cons of actively sending messages into space.

By my next blog post, I'll have submitted my official thesis proposal, and hopefully hear back from a few professionals in their respective fields.

This month has been particular busy, considering I've had to juggle my thesis, a One Show entry, a pretty ambitious music video, Directions, and a few other miscellaneous things. When this current week wraps up, I'll have a lot more time to dedicate to this!

New Heroes Presentation – Interviewing Patrick Moore

Last week, I explained that I had managed to land an interview with designer/illustrator Patrick Moore, with the plans of talking to him on Wednesday. 

Looking back, I'm thrilled to say that the interview went very well. He was incredibly flattered that I chose him, and asked me about myself before I could even ask him questions. We discussed his career path, creative process, methods for achieving balance in his work and life, and much more. It was apparent in our conversation that he loves what he does, and wanted the best for me as an aspiring designer. Upon concluding the call, I was very inspired.

Recording the audio clearly was a challenge, but thankfully, I tested extensively beforehand. In the end, I put my phone on speaker and placed it near the microphone on my laptop. The quality of the call turned out to be quite nice, so I'm very relieved. Here's my state-of-the-art setup:


Over the next week, I'll begin piecing together my presentation. I'm eager to share what I've learned.