I designed a set of illustrations for an interactive display for the European Space Agency, that has to give insight information about a NASA Moon Rock sample put on display at the European Astronaut Center. The concept of data visualization was about interacting with the projection of thesample's shadow. The art direction was about the clear shadow and high contrast on the Moon landscape, so I developed a set of black illustrations to fit the shadow-centered concept of the project. All the illustrations are animated in very simple and synthetic movements recalling shadow puppets theatre.
My project manager Emilia Rosselli Del Turco, who designed the display, has set groups and sub-groups of topics to synthesize the broad subject and develop a narration; the main topics were: > lunar geology and why to study it > sample return and what informations do moon rocks give us > EAC activities and how is preparing for future lunar missions
The prior requirement of the project is to not overwhelm the visitor with a huge database, instead, the interface shall be navigated in a short time window, for this reason, the animations have a fundamental role for data and information visualization. The expectation is to catch the visitor's attention in waiting timeframes between activities, considering therefore a 15 minutes maximum attention span.