Obsolete Constellations

  • Emily Stewart

The brief was to design a typographic work interpreting the theme ‘Lost’. The context chosen to define was from the historical perspective of lost constellations. In 1930 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) established the modern constellation boundaries, discarding numerous constellations that were only traditional in select cultures and countries. The constellations that became unrecognised therefore became ‘Lost’ in astronomical terms and obsolete from further publications. Typographic design implemented in this piece included the use of the traditional typeface Baskerville, to reflect the traditional content. The acetate windows feature illustrations of the obsolete constellations placed in relation to the modern constellations. This allows the user to hold the map up to the sky to view the lost constellation in line with real life stars. This project was completed as part of my degree course.