Geneology Random essays and observations.
A few years back, the editor of the UK-based design magazine Eye asked me to write a short piece on space patch collecting for the "Common Knowledge" feature of the magazine.
Until Ron Howard made a movie about the flight, Apollo 13 was a largely forgotten mission. Today it is moderately famous ("Failure is not an option"), but for this self-confessed space geek, it has always been memorable. Not only was it a disaster with a happy ending, but it was the flight when I discovered mission patches. With its three galloping horses hauling the sun chariot of Apollo, the drama and visual artistry of Lumen Winter's design immediately hooked me on collecting patches. After all these years, Apollo 13's is still my favorite, never equalled in the multitude of designs that followed.