10,000 YEARS
The Process of Designing Markers to Deter Inadvertent Human Intrusion into the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant 10,000 Years Into the Future

In 1990, the US Department of Energy held a conference at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico. A group of scientists and creatives were tasked with devising a system to warn humans about the danger of this radioactive  site. The catch? These humans would be alive 10,000 years from now.

This book documents the process of designing the marker system. The titling, sectioning, and indexing, as well as the visual cues—folders, scanned documents, labels—are a nod to the  government’s cumbersome documentation system.

Inspired by Episode 114 of the podcast 99% Invisible, which I transcribed and edited. The text is supplemented by photos and documents that I collected and captioned.

* Featured in AIGA Member, Indesign, and Graphic Design Galleries on Behance
* Semifinalist in Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2018

︎ Process PDF 
︎ PDF on Issuu
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