Psyche Inspired: Zack Gibson

Institution: Chaffey College

Major: Graphic Design

Psyche Inspired Class: 2021-2022

Journey To A Metal World: Typographic Exploration

Zach Gibson

November 15, 2021

Major: Graphic Design

Genre/Medium: Graphic Design, Motion Graphics

About the work: The phrase “Journey to a Metal World” grabbed my attention from the very moment I began learning about the Psyche mission. For this project, I wanted to create custom typography to go on a poster along with additional graphic elements to visually represent the phrase “Journey to a Metal World.” Read more…

 

Piece of Psyche

Zach Gibson

January 21, 2022

Major: Graphic Design

Genre/Medium: Graphic Design, 3D Rendering

About the work:With Piece of Psyche, I wanted to create packaging for a hypothetical miniature model of the Psyche asteroid (created by artist Peter Rubin working with Psyche Principal Investigator Lindy Elkins-Tanton) that would be suitable for store shelves. My goal was to pack a lot of information about Psyche onto a small 5 inch box while retaining a modern, clean, and scientific aesthetic. The piece is digitally rendered to give viewers a sense of how the product would look in real life. I hoped to create something that I imagine could be seen in the educational toys and trinkets section of stores like Barnes and Noble that aim to educate both children and adults.

Psyche 3D File: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2373526

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Layers of Psyche

Zach Gibson

March 18, 2022

Major: Graphic Design

Genre/Medium: Sculpture, Chipboard, Spray paint

About the work: Layers of Psyche is a sculpture of the asteroid 16 Psyche. It breaks the asteroid down into 16 individual layers that are cut out from chipboard and spray painted white. The pieces were assembled like a puzzle, similar to how teams must come together for the mission to Psyche. The finished sculpture is hung with clear string and illuminated with different colored lights to add liveliness and represent an array of emotions felt by everyone involved and spectating with the mission. In an ideal exhibition space, the color of the lights would be ever-changing.

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Around Psyche Rug

Zach Gibson

April 20, 2022

Major: Graphic Design

Genre/Medium: Tufted Rug, Yarn and Fabric

About the work: The creation of the Around Psyche rug was a multi-step process. First, I began by creating a design with four rings of differing color and a shape for Psyche at the center. The rings represent the different orbits of the Psyche spacecraft from Orbit D on the outer edge of the design to Orbit A at the center around Psyche. Once the design was finalized with some embellishing details, including a star shape that is symbolic of the spacecraft, I projected and traced it onto a large piece of loose-knit fabric. Using a tufting gun, I punched different colored yarn through the fabric until my design was complete. Using carpet glue on the back and adding a plush backing fabric helped seal in the yarn and finish the rug. While the rings of color are proportionally spaced apart to reflect the orbit distances, I think the rug composition also lends itself to being a visualization of Psyche as a planetary core.

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