Daisy Daisy, is a book based on Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi epic, 2001: A Space Odyssey. As a science fiction fan, I chose this film for my project because of its widely acknowledged status as one of the most influential sci-fi films of all time, and having never seen it before, I wanted to know why.
I began my research by looking at as many different aspects as I could think of: themes, symbolism, development, production, philosophy, screenplay, soundtrack, etc. However, I quickly became overwhelmed with this wealth of information and realised that to realistically succeed I would need to narrow my focus down to a single idea.
I narrowed my field of vision towards the technology of 2001. Despite being written and filmed in 1968 (1 year before the first moon landings), much of the futuristic technology featured in 2001 either exists today or still feels like a realistic prediction even if a few years out. This is because during production Kubrick hired science advisors and contacted top scientists regarding the future of space travel.
This dedication to realism inspired me to create a fictional operations manual for the main spacecraft in 2001, Discovery One, as a visual testament to the research and careful consideration that was put into its off-screen development. Visually, I wanted the manual to feel like something you’d find on-board Discovery One. It is graphically inspired by the buttons and signs seen around the ship with the colour scheme and typeface taking direct influence.
Alongside the book, I created a type specimen, detailing the rationale behind my concept and the specifics of the outcome.