"There are great ideas, undiscovered breakthroughs available, to those who can remove one of truth’s protective layers."

—Neil Armstrong

MOON (Or: A Modern Deconstruction of Moon Landing Conspiracy Theories)

Details: Undergraduate Capstone
Format: Book, Industrial Design
Duration: 6 Months+

Acetone Printing
Book Design
Book Binding
Book Construction
3-D Fabrication

In an age of limitless information, moon landing conspiracy theories live a new life online. "MOON" explores the meaning and impact of this controversial school of thought, and what it means to truly believe that one of history's most iconic moments was a hoax. Through secret code, hidden pages, and references to Stanley Kubrick's 1968 classic "2001: A Space Odyssey," "MOON" invites readers to tap into their inner skeptic and form conspiracy theories of their own.

Above: Film stills were printed using an acetone image transfer process and appear in the book in order of image degradation.

Above: Hidden page between chapters. Hidden pages effect was achieved by strategic use of a glue stick to mimic pages sticking together in an old book. 
The Book

The book was hand-bound using three different stocks, and the dust jacket is sewn vinyl. The contents follow the narrative arc of 2001, transitioning from airy minimalism into a visual state of madness and knowing, as Dave Bowman experiences in the film.

Above: Spread samples from each section

The Box

The design of the box is based on 2001's monolith, and the function is based on HAL's brain, as seen in the film's "Daisy Bell" sequence. I designed and assembled the mechanics system largely using re-purposed parts, including VHS boxes and a car lock pump. Special thanks to John Murphy for helping customize the prefabricated box.

Above: Box mechanics demonstration taken in my studio (sound included).

Additional thanks: Chrissy Cowhey, Penina Acayo, John Murphy, Lauren Cardenas, Ken Botnick, and Erica Canup.

MOON in full: