(Space) Graphic design is my passion
Our last episode of the On Orbit podcast is all about design. Not the design of spacecraft, nor the engineering of satellites, but graphic design in the space industry.
Visual and graphic design elements play an important, but often overlooked, role in our community’s ability to communicate. For an industry that lives primarily on the cutting edge of technology, its look and feel can be a bit stagnant at times – lots of blacks, blues and grays. Most people will tell you that this is due to either the strict and rigid requirements and culture of the end users, or the use of design contractors who are unsure of how space technology works.
That said, the industry is actively trying to change its appearance to attract new customers to commercial space services. To give some perspective on this, we invited two space-focused graphic design experts who discuss how visual design in the industry evolves as access to space expands.
Both guests are full time designers who have come to the space industry from the fashion design world. Our first guest is Erin Bonilla, creative director and co-founder of Harbinger Creative. Erin has been an expert in graphic design since NASA for several years and spoke to On Orbit host Jeffrey Hill about how the agency worked to keep its already iconic brand fresh and relevant.
We are also joined by Jordan klein, creative director at developer of satellite antenna systems NXTCOMM. Jordan talks about the design revolution happening among ground systems companies and how to maintain product and visual design appeal for one of the most rigid and traditional customer segments – government and military. .