The Worm
Parks book
1970 New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual reproduction book
1975 National Aeronautics and Space Administration Graphics Standards Manual reproduction book
Identity: Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv book
1977 US Environmental Protection Agency Graphic Standards System reproduction book
1973 Official Symbol of The American Revolution Bicentennial: Guidelines for Authorized Usage; Official Graphics Standards Manual reproduction book
New York City Transit Authority: Objects book

On May 30th, 2020, SpaceX will launched two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station aboard a Crew Dragon spacecraft atop a Falcon 9 rocket. Painted on the side of that rocket in NASA Red (PMS 179) was be the iconic NASA insignia—nicknamed “the worm”—designed by Danne & Blackburn in 1975, and rescinded by NASA in 1992. The worm is back—and our latest title, The Worm, is now available.

We dove deep into NASA’s image libraries to review tens of thousands of images that featured the worm. The resulting collection in The Worm showcases over 300 of these images, along with their official NASA captions, dating between 1975 and 1992. Together, these images demonstrate not only the extent to which Danne & Blackburn’s 1975 NASA Graphic Program had been implemented before being rescinded in 1992, but also the incredible achievements by NASA personnel.

The final chapter of The Worm will be completed after SpaceX Demo-2 mission is complete, using NASA photos from the historic launch (with the same worm-only criteria). The Worm will ship in October, 2020.


About Standards Manual

Standards Manual is an independent publishing imprint founded by designers Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth in New York City in 2014.

Our mission is to archive and preserve artifacts of design history and make them available to future generations. From reprinted graphics standards manuals to new compendiums of archival work, our titles always aim to make great design available to all.

As designers ourselves, we value high quality books. As an independent publisher, we produce our books using only the finest papers, printing, and finishing methods. We don’t cut corners when it comes to quality.