Welcome! As part of its ongoing mission to document the Art and Production History of Star Trek, this site will present technical articles on Star Trek prop and costume authentication - focusing on The Original Series - with detailed photos and episode screenshots to complement the information presented; as well as feature pictorials to showcase Star Trek memorabilia in private & public collections, present rare Behind The Scenes TOS imagery & discuss other topics.
Gerald Gurian is a 40+ year collector of screen used Star Trek memorabilia and a passionate fan of TOS
- Star Trek TOS At Auction Part I - Gurian Collection Highlights - Greg Jein TOS Hero Type II Phaser
-Authenticating a TOS Communicator -6 Myths About Star Trek Prop Design -Star Trek 3rd Season Command Tunic
- Design Features of TOS Tricorders -Star Trek Props At National Air & Space - TOS Leatherette Tricorder
- TOS Federation Sciences Dress -Desilu Studio TOS Prop Fabrication - Unreleased Allen/Gurian Prop Photos
- The Beautiful Women of TOS Part I -TOS U.S.S. Enterprise 11' Filming Model - Captain Kirk's Chair from TOS
- Spock Ears -TOS Control Panels & Displays - Mr. Spock's Science Station
- TOS Soundstage at Desilu -TOS Shatner Romulan Pants - The Beautiful Women of TOS Pt. II
- TOS Galileo Shuttlecraft -Greg Jein TOS Cage Laser Pistol - TOS 3rd Season Midgrade Type II Phaser
- Dr. McCoy's Sickbay on TOS -TOS Balok Puppet Head - Captain Kirk "Mirror, Mirror" Tunic
- Greg Jein TOS Hero Tricorder -1992 Smithsonian TOS Cast Video - TOS 1st Season Command Tunic
- TOS "Where No Man" Silver Contact Lenses -TOS Special Effects: The Transporter - The Art of Matt Jefferies
- TOS "Space Seed" Gold Mesh Jumpsuit -Gorn Costume from "Arena" - Rare TOS Behind-the-Scenes Videos
- TOS Stunt Type II Phaser -1993 Bill Theiss Estate Auction - TOS Shatner Command Dress Tunic
- TOS Elasian Royal Guard Tunic -TOS Finnegan Silver "Shore Leave" Tunic - TOS Science Officer Tunic "The Cage"
- TOS Shatner Early 1st Season Command Tunic -William Shatner TOS Tunics At Auction - TOS Shatner Late 1st Season Command Tunic

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Star Trek: The Next Generation LCARS Control Panels and Displays

Presented below are some views of the many control panels and graphics displays seen aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise - D during the 7 season run of Star Trek: TNG. These backlit panels, or translights, required illumination from fluorescent lights mounted inside the console directly beneath the plexiglass panel in order to make the graphic designs visible, as the surface would otherwise appear completely black. Borrowing from the TOS references to the starship's main Library Computer system; these TNG panels are properly referred to as LCARS (Library Computer Access and Retrieval System) panels. The production crew of Star Trek: TNG often informally and affectionately spoke of the panel graphics as Okudagrams - in tribute to TNG Senior Graphics Designer / Scenic Art Supervisor Michael Okuda who created them. In the same way that Matt Jefferies was responsible for creating much of the look and feel of the 23rd century world of TOS as Art Director and Production Designer for The Original Series; folks like Mike Okuda and Senior Illustrator Rick Sternbach were pivotal in designing the look and feel of the 24th century TNG world. And now, some of the NextGen control panels and displays ...

Technically not 24th century, but seen in an episode of TNG ...