For the BBC series ‘Homo Spaciens: Our new life on Earth’, we created an interactive visualization that explored the International Space Station (ISS) piece-by-piece.
To squeeze this megastucture onto the small screen, we opted for low-poly illustrations made at home with a starlit background.
UX also had to be air-tight. Users could explore using a timeline and pop-ups offered key information like astronaunt’s names, module locations and their weight in buses.
We wanted to capture some of the culture that orbits this iconic craft, so we added small editorial touches like references to the first pizza delivery to the station in 2001 and Barack Obama’s Twitter question to the Tranquility crew in 2015.
One of our favourite additions was the crew’s wake-up music. with choices including Bob Marley’s ‘No Woman No Cry’, ‘Get Ready’ by The Temptations and even the Wallace and Gromit theme tune.
With all our stages connected together, the interactive launched in time to celebrate British astronaut Tim Peake’s blast-off for the Principia space expedition on 15 December 2015.
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