Nasa JPL Grace-FO

Creating a voice for a dual satellite space mission

Nasa JPL Grace-FO

Creating a voice for a dual satellite space mission

Commissioned by NASA/JPL following the successful launch of a dual Satellite mission tracking the movement of water across Earth, we were asked to help them work on a 4.5 Metre high screen based installation which would relay live data to visitors to JPL HQ, and some surrounding media collateral.

The GRACE-FO (Gravity Recovery And Climate Experiment-Follow On) mission detects changes in Earth's gravity field by monitoring the changes in distance between the two satellites as they orbit the planet. 

NASA needed to show the enormous amount of data generated by these satellites, in a way that didn't make a political statement and could be understood by a senator or a schoolchild. 

The brief was open and the audience was everyone.  Working with JPL we took the data generated from space and found a way to visualise it through design back on Earth.

We wanted to represent the mission’s voice through bespoke design and typography – and tell an emotive, important story simply whilst being built from complex data. 

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The satellites only work as a pair, they need each other’s data for the process to work.  We wanted that partnership to be central to our response. The Grace-FO Display Font acts as the voice of the new Grace Follow On mission.
Grace-FO Display consists of two sets of strokes, based on the shape of the satellites, each stroke representing one satellite. Each read symbiotically and like the satellites cannot be read independently. 
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