DARK

By James Wilkins

The Warp-speed Guide to the Universe

Art | Science
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A visit for two to the Hampstead observatory with James & Andreas chatting space and graphic design – couple of drinks afterwards on us!
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Ever wanted to know more about The Big Bang but didn't have Brian Cox's email address? Ever wanted to shout out "what on earth is a black hole?", but were afraid you'd be shouting into the abyss?

Ever wanted to know how gravity works but never found the book to pull you in? Well, have no fear, DARK: The A to Z of Black Holes, The Big Bang and Everything In-between can help with all of these things (apart from supplying Brian's email address.)

DARK is an easily digestible guide to the Universe in a handy A-Z format and, what's even better, it will all be presented in a beautifully designed package, making you want to keep it out on display and be compelled to dip into it every time you have the urge to find out exactly when Planet Earth will become engulfed in the fiery furnace of our very own sun.

This book is part-handy guide to the Universe, part-graphic design eye candy so please get your copy now before Elon Musk buys them all and fires them in a Tesla into the Kuiper Belt.

We've created a number of design elements that feature throughout the book, including an original piece of art to accompany each of the 26 chapters, a bespoke astronomy A-Z font used at the beginning of each chapter and inspiring quotes about space over double page spreads with beautiful typographic consideration.

So if you want to brush up on your astronomical ABC's while simultaneously having a visual massage from some rather splendid art and design, then this may very well be the cosmic-coffee table book for you (or your friend/ brother/sister/husband/wife).

We've condensed a lifetime of loving space and design, 1000s of hours of research, 100s of hours of podcasts and dozens of hours looking up at space shouting "WHYYYY" to bring you the definitive alphabetical guide to space.
Black holes, dark matter, intergalactic travel, the multi-verse, gravity, Hubble, the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence are just some of the subjects we've gone slightly mad trying to comprehend.

Perhaps, after purchasing a copy, you'll one day find yourself shouting "WHYYYY" at the heavens too?

ABOUT THE BOOK

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  • 120 pages
  • 30 full-colour, original illustrations
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    James Wilkins

    Hailing from Essex but now living in North London with his wife and two daughters, James spends his days as Creative Director at JOE.co.uk and his nights trying to read 'A Brief History Of Time' to his 3-year-old. Despite not pursuing physics beyond GCSE, his love for all things space and graphic design has led to him spending too many evenings trying to comprehend time-dilation. Oh, the irony.

    About the Illustrator

    Andreas Brooks is a graphic designer living in London. He is currently working on album artwork for Ed O’Brien from Radiohead and a series of book covers for Penguin, as well as being the co-founder of design studio Wide-Eyed. Along with being James' brother-in-law, he also loved space and is responsible for the illustrations and design of the book.

  • 20th February 2020 MEET THE AUTHOR

    INTERVIEWING THE AUTHOR: 

    With so many great projects on Unbound, some of the authors have started interviewing each other to help shine a light on like-minded projects. One of my fellow authors at UNBOUND is the very talented Tom Ward – not only has he has won the GQ Norman Mailer Award and the PPA New Consumer Magazine Journalist of the Year Award, he’s also written The Lion & The Unicorn…

    20th October 2019 50%!

    Hello everyone – I wanted to take a moment to update everyone that DARK has reached 50% funding which is a major milestone for me and is a testament to your generosity for pledging in advance for this book. This book would not happen without your support so I am in a state of perpetual gratitude! 

    I am hoping to battle my way through the remaining 50% as quickly as possible to ensure that the book…

    22nd September 2018 Thank you! (and a quick update)

    39% and 120 backers!! I was waiting for 40% but then realised that 39% was as good as any percentile to take the opportunity to say hello and more importantly to say a gargantuan thank you to all of you who have supported this book so far. 

    To anyone that has undertaken a project like this (as some of the Unbounder pledgers will testify), crowdfunding is almost as big a task as writing the book…

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  • Bobby Kent
    Bobby Kent asked:

    Is there any info available for the book, such as page number count, or estimated delivery time upon publication? :)

    James Wilkins
    James Wilkins replied:

    hey Bobby - thanks very much for your question - the book will be around 200 pages long (perhaps slightly longer depending on design elements). I'm not sure estimated delivery but it seems to be around 6months after the target is reached - which I'm hoping will be sooner than later!! Hope that's not to vague an answer for you James

    Hal Capps
    Hal Capps asked:

    Hey, James. I'm curious how entry-level of a book this is. I'm 26 years old and incredibly interested in the subjects you've got compiled in this book, however I don't want something that's TOO entry level, but I DO want something that's easily digestible. Would this be along the same lines of difficulty as A Brief History of Time or will it be more/less complex? Hope this question makes sense.

    James Wilkins
    James Wilkins replied:

    Hi Hal - sorry about the delay! I didn’t notice the question so please accept my apologies! This is not as complex as A Brief History Of Time which I found increasingly complex as the book progressed - but my book definitely isn’t entry level either - I’ve tried to explain all the subjects in as digestible fashion as possible while still not dumbing anything down. If you want to email me jimcharliewilkins@gmail.com I’d be happy to send you a sample chapter?