The Orville

Star Trek Comedy 

The Orville is a new sci-fi comedy-drama series by FOX Studios staring Seth MacFarlane who is also the program creator. Based on the Iconic Series “Star Trek” The Orville Follows the crew of the not-so-functional exploratory ship in the Earth's interstellar fleet, 400 years in the future.

“Down on his luck after a bitter divorce, Planetary Union officer Ed Mercer finally gets his chance to command his own ship. Determined to prove his worth and start a new chapter, Ed discovers the first wrinkle in his plan when the First Officer assigned to his ship is his ex-wife, Kelly Grayson. As the new commander, Ed assembles a qualified -- but eccentric -- crew, including his best friend, Gordon, who has problems with authority but is the best helmsman in the fleet; Dr. Claire Finn; Bortus, an alien from a single-sex species; Isaac, an artificial life-form from a machine society; navigator John Lamarr; Alara Kitan, a young, inexperienced security officer; and Yaphit, a gelatinous creature.” 


My Role

Visual Design

Creating visuals for “The Orville” was an honor and an interesting challenge; the fast paced environment of a Hollywood production that wanted to honor and allude the look and feel of the iconic Star trek series, was a big responsibility as well as a great deal of fun.

With iterations with Seth and research (A.K.A. watching the whole star trek series) we could reach different ideas that were not technically possible back then (when Start Trek was produced) and help create the look wanted.


The User

The consumer of this show is a person that loves Star Trek and knows the details of the show very well; we needed to allude the feel as well as innovate visually inspiring and engaging with an updated version on the once loved show.


We needed to create user interfaces that not only were logical but aesthetically innovative and graceful. There are many keypads and control screens involved in the ship. Portable Keypads as well as Big control monitors needed to be visually consistentat all times and through all events of the ship travels as well as the battle and emergency modes.

It was a long process of concept creation and iteration with Seth and the entire art department, and a lot of concept testing. 

Part of the Visual Design Team right to left: Maddy, David, Lorena

Part of the Visual Design Team

right to left: Maddy, David, Lorena

I’ve enjoyed working with Lorena at the Fox Studios in Los Angeles where we design interfaces for computer screens and props used in movies and television shows.

Lorena is an all-round design-thinker and team player. She approaches design problems from a user-first perspective. She has great passion for designing products in an iterative way, always receptive of feedback to facilitate the improvement of user experiences. At Fox Studios, Lorena has worked on not only Product User Interface, but participated in early stage development projects related to virtual reality and interactive visual experiences. 

Outside of work, Lorena inspires all who know her by constantly applying her design skills to other interest areas, such as the empowerment of women through art.
— David Watkinson Animator, Writer, Educator

What's Next

The show wrapped up on august 23rd and launched on September 10/2017. There are 13 episodes recorded available to watch here, for the first season. Now the series got approved for a second! so I am super excited for the work to come!


Would you like to know more about my experience? feel free to contact me 😊