A little movie came out on Blu-ray last week. You may have heard of it: Star Trek Into Darkness.
It became the latest addition to my home video library and Star Trek collection, both of which are fairly extensive.
I have been a Star Trek fan for many years. I grew up on The Original Series cast and later became a fan of The Next Generation. That's when I finally started going to Star Trek conventions and continued to enjoy the other spinoff series. And if you go check out my pictures on Flickr, you'll see me use my Star Trek collection to get creative.
A few weeks ago, I got the idea to design and illustrate a Star Trek infographic. It would show all the ways the arrowhead insignia originally worn by the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise has appeared and been adapted on each of the different versions of Star Trek, from the movies, the TV shows, the spinoffs, even the original pilots and animated series. The idea appealed to me as a Star Trek geek and also as a designer interested in seeing all of these creative incarnations assembled together into one place. Plus, I'd have the fun of rendering them as accurately as possible based on finding the best photo reference for each one.
I spent many hours going through my Star Trek DVDs, Blu-rays and books. It really became an obsession. I scoured the Internet for stills to also use as reference and visited websites like Memory Alpha to see what they identified as Starfleet insignia to make sure I considered everything.
My only criteria was that I'd just include variations of the original 1960's arrowhead patch, or delta shield as fans have also called it. And as the logo started appearing on hats and belt buckles in the movies, I limited it to just when it was worn over the left breast on uniforms, to keep this infographic focused and consistent. The only indulgence you'll find on it is when I included images of the various designs of the starship Enterprise associated with each insignia. The evolution of the design of each starship named Enterprise is pretty fascinating as well, especially regarding the little aesthetic details found on the original 1960's television model.
For logos like the dagger-based Mirror universe one or the starship-based patches worn on Scott Bakula's Enterprise series, they're not here because they didn't include the arrowhead motif. Maybe they'll turn up in a future infographic if I decide to do another one.
Originally I planned to get this done by last Tuesday to post on the day Star Trek Into Darkness came out on Blu. But I didn't get it finished, and I'm glad I didn't. Watching the new film I found a lot more and clearer reference that I didn't have before. So this infographic ended up becoming as comprehensive a collection of that insignia as possible, right down to this last movie.
So, I'll stop talking now and just share it already! It's posted below. Click on it to go to my deviantART page. On that page, click the art there to blow it up and see it larger.
As I pat myself on the back for this, let the nitpicking - and God forbid, citing mistakes - begin!
Last month, I found out about a Star Trek tee-shirt design contest sponsored by Mighty Fine. I'd never heard of them before or their website, WeLoveFine.com. But it was logical for me to enter their contest!
A Star Trek fan since the 70's, I had fun brainstorming and creating the three designs I entered. They're down below.
So how do I win? I get people to rate my designs with the highest rate, a "5". The more 5's I get from an army of friends and colleagues, the better my chances of winning.
The Grand Prize winner gets a cash prize minimum of $1000, with it going as high as $2500 depending on how many people post ratings onto the site during the voting period. There are also runner up and Honorable Mention prizes, and all winners get to have their designs produced. The full details are on the contest's home page.
So, to give my designs a High 5, click any of the images below to send you to the WeLoveFine entry page for that design. You'll need to click each of the three designs to reach each design's entry page. Then, you'll need to create a log in profile before voting (I know, sorry!). But once you're registered, please give each of my three designs a High 5!
The voting period runs from September 25 to October 15.
That's it. Besides maybe sharing this blog with your friends so they can each gimme a High 5 too.
Thank you so much...and Live Long and Prosper. (Sorry, resistance was futile.)
All About Me
A fan of Star Trek, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Batman, comic books, Blu-rays, Disney, soundtracks, taking pictures, theatre and...Barry Manilow!