The Worm

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The Worm showcases over 200 images from NASA’s archives chosen with one simple criteria: each photograph must feature ‘the worm’.

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not only the extent to which Danne & Blackburn’s 1975 NASA Graphic Program had been implemented before being rescinded in 1992, but also the incredible achievements by NASA personnel.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 unfinished final chapter of the book will showcase the return of the worm, as it flies once again aboard a SpaceX rocket on May 30, 2020.


248 pages
7.65 × 11.75"
194 × 298 mm
CMYK + NASA Red spot color
Silkscreened cover + jacket
Exposed binding with red thread
Two paper stocks
Red translucent PVC jacket
Printed in Italy

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All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording or any information storage and retrieval system, without prior permission in writing from the publisher.

Photographs & illustrations: NASA

Cover image: 1975 National Aeronautics and Space Administration Graphics Standards Manual, NHB 1430.2 January 1976, Section 2.1 “Reproduction Art, Logotype”

While NASA is the source of the images, the publication and distribution of The Worm is not sponsored or endorsed by NASA and is an independent project undertaken in an effort to document the use of the NASA Graphics Standards program between 1975 and 2020.



Design by Order
Foreword by Richard Danne
Preface by Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth
Editors: Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth
Research: Hamish Smyth

National Aeronautics and Space Administration Graphics Standards Manual
Designed by Richard Danne and Bruce Blackburn, Danne & Blackburn, 1975

The Worm
Published by Standards Manual LLC, 2020

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