Visions of the Universe at the National Maritime Museum told the story of astronomical imaging. Kin were appointed as designers for the interaction and digital content within the exhibition. Three interactives within the exhibition immersed visitors into Martian landscapes and dissected complex astronomical concepts to greater understand the exhibits.
The centerpiece of Visions of the Universe was a 13m x 4m curved high resolution projection displaying the greatest and latest panoramic images beamed back from Mars. The interactive exhibit immersed visitors into the life size Martian landscape. As the visitors walked up to the curved wall information of key points within the image displayed in front of them.
Secondary interactives; two touchscreens, dissected two different astronomical concepts. The first concept was the difference between transits and eclipses. The final interactive explained the concept that some of the beautiful, vivid and arresting photographs in the exhibition would not be visible to the human eye even if they were close enough.
I led the project from the pitch through to the on-site installation. The main challenges that needed to be overcome were designing the methods of interaction with the window on Mars. Subtle interaction was designed for the wall, triggered when visitors moved alongside it by physical sensors. I also designed the user experience, interaction design and visual design on the two interactives that helped explain complicated astronomical concepts to the visitors.