Title: USS Voyager LCARS Ship Blueprint
Date Completed: October 2018
Design: Lord Libidan
Pop Culture: Star Trek Voyager
The idea for this project started nearly 2 years ago when I had recently watched ‘The Martian’. I was instantly enthralled by the control screens on the spacecraft, on the Mars base, and in mission control. My initial idea was a reproduction of the ship schematic in a smaller scale, however, it just looked blocky. I knew I had to redo it, but fear of getting it wrong kept me back for a long time.
That was until I had to create a design for the first Xstitch Mag, which I decided to create a blueprint of the Apollo Saturn V, similar to my Lightsaber blueprint, ZF-1 Fifth Element gun blueprint and my Metroid Power Suit Cannon Blueprints. I realized that the element that I loved the most from The Martian screens was the ship systematic itself.
Move on a few months whilst I had to do some other projects, and I watched the new series of Star Trek Discovery. Finally, the whole design came together in my head. In the same way that The Martian had different screens for different ships/sections, so did Star Trek, with its LCARS programs. I had actually done some work with LCARS before in my Star Trek book, where I designed a LCARS interface, however it had a joke on it, and wasn’t something you’d see in real life. I decided, therefore, to have a second go, this time creating a fake panel, which you might actually find on the ship.
My favorite Star Trek is Voyager, and when searching came across a wealth of screen used designs I could draw from. I also had a framed Pokemon triptych I had been meaning to update, which has a unique long frame. Therefore I started to design a screen that you might find throughout the ship itself of a full ship-wide schematic including a mini-map, and basic ship updates. Effectively, a quick reference map, which plays into my well-known love of maps, like my Pokemon region map.
This is also the first time I’ve used one of the new 35 DMC colors, specifically 03, the grey at the top and bottom.