Psyche Inspired: Mary Pyrdol

Institution: Boston University

Major: Graphic Design

Psyche Inspired Class: 2021-2022

Greetings from PSYCHE

Mary Pyrdol

November 3, 2021

Major: Graphic Design

Genre/Medium: Postcard/Graphic, Design/Procreate and Adobe Illustrator

About the work: When we leave home to explore a new or significant location far away, we often like to commemorate our journey or send a message home with a postcard. My project is a graphic design of a postcard that reads, “Greetings from PSYCHE,” and it is accompanied by a digital illustration of the asteroid and the spacecraft on its orbital mission. The backside features the quote, “JOURNEY TO A METAL WORLD”, along with an opaque illustration of the asteroid and some retro starburst decals. The concept behind the graphic style comes from the art movement Retro Futurism, a style originating from around the 1970s in depictions of 1950s America if it were heavily influenced by ambitious technologies of the future. Retro Futurism revolves around this idea of nostalgia within dreaming of what the world of tomorrow could be. Mostly inspired by Walt Disney’s Tomorrowland concept, I wanted to carry Retro Futurism into my graphic language to express NASA’s optimism and ambition for the Psyche mission while also being nostalgic of when space exploration was new to us.

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PSYCHE for Atari 2600

Mary Pyrdol

January,19 2022

Major: Graphic Design

Genre/Medium: Graphic Design/Adobe Illustrator/Procreate/Sticker Print

About the work: Whether it be by human or by machine, the concept of space exploration has always felt like a miraculous fantasy to me. Psyche’s “Journey to a Metal World” slogan captures this feeling perfectly: venturing off into the unknown, anticipating groundbreaking discoveries. This fantastical concept reminds me of how entire worlds can be generated by video games, more specifically, Atari games. The intricately detailed art on Atari 2600 cartridges inspire the player to fantasize the computer graphics into dynamic, visual realities beyond the pixels. For my project, I aimed to capture this concept into my own version of an Atari game titled “PSYCHE”. The visual on the cartridge box depicts Psyche bursting out of the frame, followed by an angular shot of the spacecraft on its orbital mission to study the asteroid. The cartridge label features this same visual, accompanied by an original Atari-style typeface describing how to play the game. Just as the original Star Wars movie posters of the 1970s and 80s, all Atari 2600 cartridge art was painted by hand. My cartridge label is designed in this motif, mimicking paint brush strokes in the background and utilizing realistic shading techniques on the spacecraft and in the asteroid’s texture. The color palette I chose was inspired by bold tones found in 80s New Wave art, driving the idea of futurism into my interpretation of Psyche as an illusory experience.

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Psyche Metal Pins

Mary Pyrdol

March 2, 2022

Major: Graphic Design

Genre/Medium: Hand-Crafted Jewelry/Brooch/Recycled Metal

About the work: The phrase “Journey to a Metal World” excites me about what waits for us to discover on Psyche. One of those things being metal, I wanted this project to feature the material in all of its repurposable glory. Using recycled pieces of metal jewelry, I have handcrafted two brooches inspired by the asteroid and the spacecraft of the Psyche mission. The Asteroid brooch features the two prominent craters mimicked by radial bursts of metal scraps, along with rocky-textured metal plates to mimic the surface of Psyche. The spacecraft uses rectangular metal scraps with smaller, more detailed beads and rods to mimic the instruments on the actual spacecraft.

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