This project was an exercise in communicating complex systems and events through visual means. The chosen subject of the project was the Moon.
The final product was a 3D tile derived from an abstract graphic mark.
I started the project by examining the various relationships people, wildlife, the environment, and other astronomical bodies have with the moon.
I chose to explore one of the closest relationships people have had with the moon: the Space Race
The immediate challenge at this stage in the project was distilling the volumes of historical data on the Space Race into a collection of data points that I could translate into visual graphics.
After making structured lists and recordings of the lunar missions, I melded data and design into infographics.
As I ventured further away from written word, I knew I would need a set of guiding motifs that characterized the key themes of the Space Race:
Two competing forces
A shared objective
A variety of attempts
With my guiding themes in mind, I began ideating abstract marks and forms that figuratively represented the Space Race.
This was my final design; Something that lives between abstraction and information. A single image that was designed to capture the essence of a long, complex struggle between two forces for astronomical dominance.
The final stage of the project entailed translating my mark into a physical form that could be 3D printed.