Category: NASA

User Interface Design

A few things I’ve learned about user interface design working on a flight project at NASA: Assume your operator is looking at your Graphical User Interface (GUI) at 3am after having been awake¬†since 6am the previous day. Make stop buttons tiny/hidden to keep them from getting accidentally pressed. Make ABORT buttons huge. In your user guide, explain how each value… Read more →

Space for People

There has been much said about the need for more students to go into STEM fields and the difficulty of exciting the public about space. I’ve had opportunities to talk with kids about what got me excited about space and with space professionals and educators at conferences about how engineers can participate in inspiring the next generation. A common idea… Read more →