Collectible/Usable Okudagrams Now a Reality
Ever wanted your very own Okudagrams... with a contemporary twist? Bye Bye, Robot and Michael Okuda have teamed up to, pardon the pun, make it so, with Bye Bye, Robot introducing two new collectible sticker sheets created by Okuda.
By way of background, Okuda served as Star Trek's lead graphic designer, working on everything from Star Trek: The Next Generation through Star Trek: Enterprise and and seven Star Trek feature films. Among his creations: the LCARS graphics visible on computer and display screens, and also the capsule-shaped panel identification labels found on everything from turbolift doors to storage areas. Often referred to as Okudagrams, the modernized versions of them are what are now available to fans for the first time ever.
“I used those labels everywhere on the Enterprise-D, as well as on most of the other Starfleet ships on those shows," Okuda said in a statement. "I think fans recognize it as part of the visual identity of 24th century Starfleet. When we put those labels on the props and set dressing, they suddenly looked like they belonged on the Starship Enterprise. The fine print on the capsule labels was never intended to be legible on screen, so we used to fill them with goofy gags for our amusement and for the amusement of the cast and crew. Of course, the fans found out about the gags, so when we had fans visiting the set, they'd always look for them, because they were in on our little joke.”
Considering that so many of the iconic labels were utilized within the Trek productions, Bye Bye, Robot elected to focus on two specific themes for the first two sets. One sheet features labels within a personal spaces theme; including Crew Quarters, Personal Hygiene Facility, and Garment Stowage Facility. The second sheet offers labels within a personal device theme that can be used in a fan’s daily life, including Library Computer Access And Retrieval System (personal computers), Personal Access Display Device (tablet devices), and Personal Communicator (cell phones). Like the original labels, the new labels also contain inside jokes that Trek fans will recognize immediately. And, according to Bye Bye, Robot, the two sheets of labels are the first in a run of items to be encompassed in the new Michael Okuda: Signature Series.
Designed for both collection and actual use, the new sticker sheets feature three labels within each sheet; the labels are removable for actual use or can be left in place and displayed as a single unit. They are printed on 4x6” sized durable vinyl that is UV- and weather-resistant. This, in conjunction with a strong adhesive backing, allows the stickers to be used indoors or outdoors. The overall 4x6” size also allows for easy display as a collectable, as it falls within standard postcard sizes. Priced at $9.99 per sheet, plus shipping, they are available in the U.S.A. via byebyerobot.com.