I'm Jeffry Gugick, a designer that enjoys many different sides of the creative industry including web design, illustration, photography and 3d modeling. I also enjoy gaming, science and movies. My favorite job is just being a dad.
These days you see so many different alphabet books for children on different topics but I never really saw one that covered the topic of space, science and the universe in general. Growing up, one of my favorite books was made by National Geographic called “Our Universe”. I loved looking at all the amazing images and reading about all these interesting things. I wanted this site to be an easy fun introduction to many of the wonders of our universe. By making this site I hope I could possibly entertain or even inspire other young (or old) people to learn more about our amazing universe.
For the illustrations I used a combination of Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer, Flame Painter and primitive.js.
The type is set in Open Sans which was designed by Steve Matteson.
Feel free to drop me an email if you have any suggestions or comments for the site. If you’ve enjoyed the site it’s always helpful if you can share it with other people you think might enjoy it!
This illustration that appears at the top of all the pages was based on a image of the spiral galaxy known as Messier 81, or M81. The image was made from data from three different telescopes: Spitzer, Hubble, and Galaxy Evolution Explorer. M81 is about 12 million light-years away from Earth.
This is an original illustration. It was created by combining a series of different lens flares and radial zoom effects. I was trying to represent the fast expansion of the universe in the very early stages of the Big Bang.
This illustration is based on a 2015 image of the dwarf planet, Ceres, created by the German Aerospace Center in Berlin. It approximates how the dwarf planet’s colors would appear to the eye.
This illustration is based on a famous 2002 “blue marble” image. It is the most detailed true-color image of the entire Earth to date. Using a collection of satellite-based observations, scientists and visualizers stitched together months of observations of the land surface, oceans, sea ice, and clouds into a seamless, true-color mosaic of every square kilometer of our planet.
This is an original illustration I created to try to show the intense energy associated with the fusion process. I used a few different applications to create the image including: Flame Painter, Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer.
For this illustration I combined two images of Jupiter. One infrared image and one visible light image and then added in the extra text elements.
This illustration was based off of an amazing image of Jupiter captured by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2014.
This illustration used a beautiful capture from the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft that was taken in 2007. Be sure to check out the original high resolution image as it is a stunning view of our red neighbor.
This illustration was based on a capture of Mercury showing its true colors or at least how different people might view Mercury differently from each other.
This illustration used an incredible capture by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft. It captured this high-resolution enhanced color view of Pluto on July 14, 2015. The image combines blue, red and infrared images taken by the Ralph/Multispectral Visual Imaging Camera (MVIC).Return to the Letter Section Photo: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI
For this original illustration I tried to convey the power and beauty of these stellar objects. I used numerous layers of different swirls I created in Flame Painter and composited them in Affinity Photo.Return to the Letter Section Photo: Jeffry Gugick / Original Illustration
This illustration was based on an image catpured by the Hubble Space Telescope. Not many images of Uranus show the rings so this was a compelling image to use.Return to the Letter Section Photo: NASA, ESA, and M. Showalter (SETI Institute)
For this illustration I used a capture that was made by the Mariner 10 space probe. Most images of Venus don't show it how we would see it (many are images of the ultraviolet spectrum). I chose this image as it is much closer to what we would see if we were close to the planet.Return to the Letter Section Photo: NASA/Ricardo Nunes
For this illustration I used two different images of the Crab Nebula which is about 6000 light-years away from Earth. This is a wonderful example of how x-ray astronomy can reveal objects that would normally be hidden. On the photo page you can also see how the nebula looks with infrared and radio.Return to the Letter Section Photo: NASA/CXC/SAO
I'm not a big fan of ads on websites. They can be a drain on your mobile device batteries and eat up bandwidth that we all pay for. Many are very annoying as they pop up everywhere and some are malicious. Ads do help site owners pay for the costs of the site but I'd rather generate these funds other ways.
If you enjoyed the content of this site you might like a T-shirt with the illustrations for each of the letters! You could show off all of your new science knowledge to all of your friends no matter where you are! Men’s, women’s and children’s sizes are available. Click on the button to go to our Threadless shop and see the size options.Check out the shirt in our shop
We offer a 24 inch wide by 16 inch tall high quality photo print of the illustations on this site. The prints are professionally printed on Kodak Endura Luster photographic paper suitable for framing or just hanging on the wall. There is no purple border on the print. Each print is custom ordered so please allow a little extra time for processing. The cost of each print is $40 (USD) which includes shipping. For any questions or orders outside of the continental U.S. please contact me. Click on the poster to get a better idea of the content of the print. The actual print is much higher resolution.available soon
If you’d like to support the site but don’t want to order any of the products even a small amout can really help cover our hosting costs and it is really appreciated!