space rockets - way to the moon by Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach
The work "space rocket - way to the moon" deals with the research question of how technically abstract and complex content can be made accessible with the help of targeted group-specific design principles through interpretive, visual forms of translation of information.
To this end, the research is based on examining the Saturn V moon rocket, which landed the first humans on the moon during NASA's Apollo 11 mission in 1969. Currently and soon, NASA, ESA, and private space companies such as SpaceX are initiating the next steps in space exploration toward "leaving Earth" and "permanently colonizing the Moon and Mars." This process needs many of the aspects addressed above to be accepted and supported by society.
The work includes the exhibition of the real object as a 3D printed Saturn V model rocket at a scale of 1:100. Additionally, a web-based interactive information interface with videos, illustrations, contextual insertion, and exploded views of the object provides visually prepared information. The presentation is enhanced by a 1:1 scale line illustration of a Saturn V stage IC lower F-1 engine mounted on a wall. It is this illustration that allows viewers to experience the dimensions for themselves by stepping inside the installation.
"Space rockets" thus shows how using the Saturn V as an example, even complex information can be conveyed in a way that is simple and appropriate to the target audience through careful preparation using the methods of information design.