1975 NASA Graphics Standards Manual

There are few things that intersect as many of my nerdy interests as this 1975 NASA Graphics Standards Manual from Standards Manual (Amazon link). It has become one of my favorite—and most discussed—coffee table books.

I’m a big fan of mid-century corporate identities and I think the NASA worm logo is among the best. Who doesn’t want details about how the aerospace educational van is supposed to be painted?

The manual is mostly one-sided, but includes several pages that fold out to provide additional details.

The manual also comes in the swanky space wrap. It’s a clever touch.

1975 NASA Graphics Standards Manual

A coffee table book for the space and design nerd

A futuristic vision for an agency at the cutting edge of science and exploration. Foreword by Richard Danne.

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I own this book and love it—people always ask questions about it when they come over.

One thing to note: each page is one sided.

This is because it’s based off of a manual that was intended to be printed from a computer printer. I think it would have been better had they printed this version double-sided. I can’t fault them for sticking to the original though.