Added : March 15, 2007

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The Powers of Ten, short film by Charles and Ray Eames


The Powers of Ten, short film by Charles and Ray Eames

The Powers of 10 by American designers, Charles and Ray Eames, for the Eames Office.

Updated 7/3 – Picnic scene (above):

10^1: The scale of this field and of human habitations. Most buildings seem to be within this order of magnitude.

This short film has long been a favorite for designers and educators alike since it's birth in 1977 by Charles and Ray Eames. It's nine minutes in length, and well worth watching (again and again). To think that this was produced over 30 years ago is magnificent. If you haven't seen it already, I highly recommend taking a short break to watch this revolutionary video from the Eames Office.


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Brian Slawson said on March 16, 2007

I also enjoy the earlier version of Powers of Ten called "rough sketch" if I recall correctly. Interesting to compare to the finalized version to see how new advances in science were included and ge some idea of the Eames' editing process.


Dennis Eusebio said on March 16, 2007

Still an awesome video.


Matt Sung said on March 30, 2007

I would be interested to update the post with "rough sketch" to compare them side by side.