Founded in 2011, The International Sphaeralogical Society was created to celebrate the history and dynamism of the Super Ball®. Invented by chemist Norman Stingley in 1965 and sold by the Wham-O Manufacturing Co., the iconic toy has been the subject of fascination and play for almost half a century. The I.S.S. is dedicated to exploring and promoting the allure of this bounciest of balls.
One of the most fun projects for the new show, was to create custom signage for the entrance, referencing old Wham-O logos and marketing material. As luck would have it, a world class design/fabrication shop was located in the space adjacent to The MINE Factory. Katie and Brandon were amazing and worked tirelessly to create these two stellar signs.
If you ever have any high-end design work you need, look them up.
These triptychs were new to the project for the show in Pittsburgh. The original photographs - though beautiful - did not accurately show the relative sizes of the balls under that act of compression. In these we show 3 consecutive frames (at 2800fps), showing the moment just prior to impact, the moment of impact, and the moment of full compression. That way we were able to reflect the physical change the ball goes through under that force.
We hope you find them both illuminating intellectually, but also compelling visually.