My mind was blown again – many years later when at college I learned that Charles and Ray Eames made the film. That put design in perspective. Not only had these designers pushed the limits outside their field, but also expressed their approach – the value of looking at things from the next largest frame of reference. This ability to abstract creative thinking from their chosen mediums of furniture and graphic design, and apply it to disciplines as varied as filmmaking and science education, was truly inspiring.

I still refer to Powers of Ten in a metaphorical sense, when thinking through a problem from the big picture to the atomic level details.

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