I've always loved the classic 1977 film, The Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames. The film is about the relative scale of things in the universe. I bought the book over ten years ago and can't wait to show our young kids the film and the book today. It is roughly nine minutes or so; if you haven't seen it, please take the time to do so! Check out their site, which relaunched today -- and check out the film below.
If you're in the Los Angeles area, visit the exhibit at the Eames Office on Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica. If you're in the Bay Area, check out the special events at the Exploratorium. I found this well-written post by Jamer Hunt -- about applying the powers of ten to real life design challenges -- particularly relevant.
The Eames Office celebrates the legacy of Charles and Ray Eames each year with a different theme. Eames family members Lucia Eames and Llisa Demetrios were recently in Sacramento for a wonderful presentation on the Eames Legacy at AIACV. Sacramento, as you may know, was the birthplace and home of Ray Eames during her childhood. I've posted more regarding Ray Eames' Sacramento history before here.