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The Eames' 'Powers of Ten' Still Fascinates

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.

It was less than a year ago when I first was exposed to the fascinating Eames film, Powers of Ten. I was in the last remaining year of my graphic/web design studies at Portland State University when I became curious. Curious at what other knowledge I could soak up outside of the usual class lectures and assignments. It was through the university library that I checked out a Charles and Eames DVD of Powers of Ten and proceeded to watch the short film that night at home.

According to eamesoffice.com, Powers of Ten "illustrates the universe as an arena of both continuity and change, of everyday picnics and cosmic mystery." To explain the film to someone would rob someone the chance to experience the short film for himself or herself. This short film never fails to entertain me, and I've already seen this over a dozen times. There's something so satisfyingly calm, relaxing, and enthralling watching an old school educational film.

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