DARK

By James Wilkins

The Warp-Speed Guide to the Universe

Art | Science
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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?

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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 freelance graphic designer and artist living in East London and along with being James' brother-in-law, is also responsible for the 26 pieces of art in the book. He is not only blessed with great artistic talent but also has an amazing brother-in-law… who also wrote this biography for him.

  • 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