At the close of 2016, NASA held it’s annual Big Think conference, a one-day, interdisciplinary workshop that pools the acumen and expertise of scientists, engineers, and other top industry minds to identify an innovation goal for NASA’s Frontier Development Lab over the course of the following year.
We were invited to supplement scientific conversations with the lens of human-computer interaction and user perspective, taking into account who would be implementing the solutions proposed by the attending experts in space weather, asteroid hunting, planetary defense, and machine learning. Needless to say, it was a cool way to apply UX in such a bold and undefined field.
To change things up, we proposed to graphically facilitate the session by recording the workshop in a live sketch. And NASA said yes.
Equipped with colorful markers and fresh notepads, our illustrator captured the day’s presentations, presenters, notes, and conclusions in a colossal sketch. At the end of the workshop, we were able to present the paper artifact to NASA and participants as a physical asset and graphic recording of the workshop.