and so the Piton project progresses…

Example of final UI:


Sample for Interactivity (click on school icon):

Illustrator to Flash work flow:

Planning a meeting with Matt next Thursday…


Piton ideas, images, etc

Here are some examples/pictures of the general GIS output…

2d (this can be tweaked in Illustrator to make it prettier 🙂 ):

vs. 3d (this is without the shapes extruded, which I am still working on):

also, in terms of general look/feel, I still think it would be sweet to integrate some kind of school theme, especially when displaying the school stats for example. Here are some pictures/designs/backgrounds I found that I thought demonstrated a more contemporary feel as well…

Finally, I found some examples of how DPS is currently using GIS to house a ton of other data, some of which may be live/updatable, so perhaps if that ends up being a goal, we can contact one of these programs for feedback/ideas on process, etc. See links for more info:





Molecular Visualization Show-and-Tell

Here are some lovely illustrations by artistic pioneer Irving Geis…

Myoglobin: The numbered circles in the first are the amino acid postions of the protein, and the flat structure in the middle is the heme with an iron atom in the center. The letters designate folds and twists in the protein. It’s interesting to notice how he used shading in especially the first to add volume, and color in the second to accentuate the depth of the molecule. A very complicated design but not too unsightly.

Here’s a similar drawing of a much more complicated hemoglobulin. It seems to extend into space even more dramatically, in part because of his use of line weight:

This one shows contrasts between the two basic protein structures. I think the dotted lines indicate hydrogen bonds, while O=Oxygen, N=Nitrogen and the purplish balls are Carbon atoms. This one I think is particularly effective because of the color patches that indicate the three-dimensional form very subtlely:

This last one is similar in symbology and shows hydrogen bonding in a typical protein. Once again, a lot of information, but a very clear and concise presentation…