• Scott Bryant

The Eames' Fascinating 'Powers of Ten'

Updated: Nov 7

I don't think it'll ever be possible for someone to say, "I know everything about the world. What else is there to learn?" Because the world is so vast and ever-changing, or at least that's what my 25-year-old self thinks these days. But what about small things beneath or above us we cannot see at all? That's where the late legendary designers Charles and Ray Eames enter.

Less than a year ago, in the last remaining year of graphic/web design studies at Portland State University, I was exposed to the fascinating Eames film Powers of Ten. This film had me hooked. So much so that I ended up checking out the Charles and Eames Powers of Ten DVD from the university library and proceeded to rewatch the short film that night at home.

According to, Powers of Ten "illustrates the universe as an arena of both continuity and change, of everyday picnics and cosmic mystery." To explain the film would rob everyone the chance to experience the short film for themselves.