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Better Design Through Chemistry

Did you know that 2011 is the International Year of Chemistry? Okay, maybe YOU knew. I didn’t. Kinda slipped right past me there. The IYC is designed, according to the official description, to “increase the public appreciation of chemistry in meeting world needs, to encourage interest in chemistry among young people, and to generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry.” I can appreciate that, even though I was brought to my knees by second-semester college freshman year organic chemistry, which ended any hope of a future in a lab coat for me. The celebration also ties into the 100th anniversary of Madame Curie’s Nobel Prize and the 100th anniversary of the founding of the International Association of Chemical Societies.

And now, for the art of chemistry: Graphic designer and illustrator Simon C. Page has created a series of posters that celebrate some of chemistry’s most important figures and their contributions, and they are just amazing. Each poster is a graphic representation of a particular discovery or achievement and the chemists behind them, from Einstein’s confirmation of the atomic theory of matter to Mendeleev’s creation of the periodic table of elements. Here’s a poster of graphene:

And our friend, the atom, and Ernest Rutherford’s work:


One more, on Avogadro and ions:


There are a lot more.  And, yes, you can buy these. They run $20 to $80 depending on size. Go here and see ’em all.

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  9. Jonny5 says:

    I love Simon’s work!

  10. Chemisty Dude says:

    Simon C. Page just kills everything he touches.

    I saw Stephen Fry tweet about this yesterday but didn’t really pay attention – but can’t fail to pay attention to these amazing prints.

  11. Hope says:

    WHOA! AWESOMENESS! Those posters are badass, defintily would like those for my kid and myself.

  12. Sarah says:

    I ADORE Simon C. Page’s work. These prints are awesome (and so is chemistry). He has also done some other super awesome prints for the International Year of Astronomy (my fave!)

  13. Ken Rolston says:

    All those “designers” out there creating minimal posters STOP! This is how it’s done right. Great work.

  14. RightFred says:

    Damn it I didn’t know it was the IYC this year either! Only 44 days left to celebrate.

    Awesome designs too – I’ll definitely pick up one of those sweet posters.

  15. Vanessa Love says:

    Think you should change the title from “Better Design” through Chemistry to “Incredible Design”.

  16. Dan M says:

    Didn’t think it was possible to make Chemistry sexy. Amazing!

  17. Julo(YOO-low)Torres says:

    WOOT CHemisTRY!

    Coming from a ChemMajor, did NOT know 2011 was IYC.