Charles and Ray Eames were incredibly influential American designers – one of their most famous projects was a short film called Powers of 10. It was produced in 1977 and I was a little surprised to find that it’s still amazing to watch. It’s available for viewing on the Powers of 10 site – you do have to register, but it seems pretty benign, they don’t ask for money or anything.
The ultimate Eamesian expression of systems and connections, Powers of Ten explores the relative size of things from the microscopic to the cosmic. The 1977 film travels from an aerial view of a man in a Chicago park to the outer limits of the universe directly above him and back down into the microscopic world contained in the man’s hand. Powers of Ten illustrates the universe as an arena of both continuity and change, of everyday picnics and cosmic mystery. The film also demonstrates the Eameses’ ability to make science both fascinating and accessible.
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