Story Tools - 2017
On the first year of my masters education, I got the opportunity to do a project for NASA. Me and my master class spent 2 weeks in Houston, designing for space.
Who gets to go to space and why? Nasa has a rigorous selection process for aspirant astronauts. The astronauts usually have similar backgrounds and education. They are most often scientists, engineers or pilots.
What we gain from space travel is natural science and technical innovation. What would happen if astronauts explored space with other goals? What kind of social science, art, authorship and news-media would we get from a space-viewpoint?
To start a discussion around the “unconventional astronaut” I envisioned a fictive team for a future Mars mission. The team consists of a journalist, an artist, and a teacher. I designed the tools that the team would need on their mission.
Digital note pad & floating microphone. The microphone lights up to show that it’s recording.
Digital canvas and conductive paintbrushes. Painting on the digital canvas is similar to painting on a real canvas. You have a palette on screen. You dip the brushes in virtual paint. If you “dip” longer, the brush will take up more paint.
When you stroke the brush over the screen the paint will get used up in a natural way, so you have to dip again. If the paint isn’t “dry” you can blend paint on the screen. The digital canvas mimics real painting!
“Astronauts don’t have to be very feminine or masculine women or any superhuman males, or any color or anything. It’s about people in space!” - Judith Resnik, 1979