A magnificent piece of information design, courtesy of Syfy.com and their info graphic of the week feature. Detailing the history of the now (sadly) defunct space shuttle program that sparked so many of our imaginations at such a early age. Sad to see the program go, but efforts like this designer’s clean, concise, and almost instantly digestible visual representation of our space shuttle fleet, disasters, service history… Very nice work.
I can’t help but think that info graphics and information design such as this particular example have, and will continue to play a major role in reinvigorating our space exploration program, and not simply because eye candy helps sell a concept and/or product, but because different perspectives on history, challenges, disasters, and successes, carefully mapped out in a useful and easily digestible visual, can help illustrate strengths, deficiencies, pitfalls… Even fuel the competitive spirit as private contractors and government agencies vie for influence and contracts.
What better way to track and illustrate optimal paths for our future in space exploration and travel than by visual comparisons of everything from their capsule and rocket designs to potential payloads, crews, and resources required to support each possible approach moving forward. If a picture is worth a thousand words, an effective piece of information design is worth ten thousand more.
More to come. Enjoy 😉