Apollo 11 Launch Party

  • To this day, the Saturn V remains the tallest, heaviest, and most powerful rocket ever brought to operational status. This invitation design for a fictitious launch party is in celebration of the Apollo 11 moon landing and the scientific achievements that contributed to the mission’s success. The package featuring a scale Saturn V model kit is a tribute to the Space Age, a time when space exploration was at it's peak.
  • The invitation package as it would be received in the mail.
  • The envelope is crafted from semitransparent frosted mylar and the invitation is printed on Stardream Crystal by Neenah Paper.
  • Invitation is folded in half when removed.
  • Design view of the front.
  • Detail of the invite and agenda.
  • The copy reads:
    “Apollo 11 will be the first manned mission to land on the Moon. The first steps by humans on another planetary body will be taken by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on July 20, 1969. Help us celebrate this milestone in science and engineering as we pave the way for future lunar landing missions in the years to come.”
  • Design view of the back.
  • Detail of the Saturn V model building instructions.
  • The copy reads:
    “As the tallest, heaviest, and most powerful rocket ever brought to operational status, the Saturn V spacecraft represents the pinnacle of American engineering. Despite the complexity of the actual rocket, this scale model is simple and fun to build. All you need is a pair of scissors—no glue!
    1. Cut along the dotted lines to create five pieces—two body pieces and three disks.
    2. Align the two body pieces perpendicular to each other and slide them together so that the slits interlock.
    3. Slide the disks in vertically and carefully flip them into a horizontal position so that they interlock with the horizontal slits. This will require some bending of the material.
    4. Enjoy your model Saturn V and don’t forget to RSVP!”
  • The complete Saturn V model rocket.
  • Just like the model, the RSVP card is cut out of the invitation.
  • BFA undergraduate project at Tyler School of Art
    Design by Melissa Cronk
    Art Direction by Dermot MacCormack
    Photography by Austen Hart