National Space Academy

This is a slight diversion from the site building posts I’ve been focusing on. Today, we (NSC Creative) launched the new website for the National Space Academy, a UK wide network of educators and scientists managed by a team at the National Space Centre.

It’s been a really enjoyable project to work on, as it had to be engaging and inspiring, but with (as the brief said) “no aliens or spaceships”, so it was a challenge to find the right tone and feel. Luckily, some of the space imagery we had available was stunning, and it’s not hard to inspire awe with images like the International Space Station, the satellite imagery of Saudi Arabia, and the Sea Surface Temperature visualisations which appear on the home page. The galaxy logo and title were made by Leicester design agency Motion, who also made the Space Centre logos.

NSA Home

The site also uses a map to locate the educators and scientists. The Academy offer masterclasses in schools and at the National Space Centre, so the map gives an indication of which classes are able to be delivered in your area.

NSA Map

The glowing ‘clusters’ group teachers together enabling the visitor to focus in on areas to reveal more specific data. Each member has their own page, outlining the work they do, and links to projects they are involved in or the school where they are based. I wanted to ensure the profiles added credibility to the site and the project, so these pages mimic University site researcher pages, offering a richer profile of the individual.

I’ve included this particular profile as, when I was reading through the site, I saw the link to the Malcolm Parry Observatory. It is a massive observatory built at a school near Nottingham! I was amazed, and wished my school had had something as cool as that. Check it out at http://mpole2011.wordpress.com/. If we’d have had that at school, I’d be a boffin by now!