Star Wars: Crafting Narratives
When I first listened to David Benque speak about his 2014 work The New Weathermen, I was fascinated by his skill in constructing a narrative through the use of props and motifs. The New Weathermen describes a future in which Bio-Conservatives and Techno-Progressives battle to make their voices heard while the DIYBIO or Biopunk guerrilla movement utilises radical means to ‘campaign for open access to science’. It is the latter’s actions that are documented in Benque’s project, using 3-d forms and graphic identity to bring concepts to life.
What has this got to do with Star Wars, you ask? I mention this because it is for a very similar reason that I am drawn to Scott Kelly’s Flags of the Galaxy. Kelly makes use of vexillology to depict the nature of each planetary entity in the Star Wars universe. Each flag embodies various aspects of life including culture, political conflict, geographical features and resources through the precise use of colour and minimal elements.
In other news, Venngage’s brilliant infographic on Star Wars design principles breaks it down into 7 themes: Depth, Contrast, Negative Space, Perspective, Symmetry, Directional Cues and Repetition. The thoughtful analysis seen below helps to shed some light on what made Star Wars so compelling, something that could become increasingly relevant as we’re seeing sci-fi make a comeback in design and culture alike.