piton progress…

above: reference for map design

below: initial ai file with catchment boundaries



Meeting with Children’s Hospital Staff

We met on Thursday March 17 with the staff at Children’s about expectations and guidelines for the children’s heart surgery website. The procedure we will be investigating and building an information site for is called an ASD procedure, which stands for atrial septal defect. We were told to make sure that we get all information on the procedure from .gov, .edu, and .org sites. Children’s Hospital is planning on talking to their account managers to decide if they could purchase a 3D model for us to use. It sounds like it will happen. Goretex Helix and Ampletzr are two companies that have the device that fills the hole in the heart; we can check around on those websites.

The following are the type of questions to keep in mind as we are developing the project for families (questions that families may have): What is the condition? (Explain it). What does it mean for our child’s health and life? What happens if we don’t do anything about it? What happens if we do? How is it going to limit our child’s life? How will it limit our families ability to do family things?

We also decided that we don’t want to dumb down the parents informational too much, perhaps show illustrations in both flat drawings and 3D modeling. We want to have a warm, caring tone, but also very straight and realistic.

Matt Girard gave a PDF presentation on ideas we have gathered so far. It was well-received, and the attending doctor and staff thought we were moving in the right direction. We are still unsure of what they want to do. Matt has attempted to communicate through email during spring break and got no response. As of now we are gathering the proper information for the surgery and the information for the parents. We wait patiently to hear back.

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:





Thoughts on Piton Project

I just wanted to post an update on the progress for the Piton Foundation project and put out a couple more considerations for moving forward. In this sketch that I did I was trying to figure out how we would access the information so I put down a couple different methods. The first is on the left where we would have a drop down list and by selecting a school a new map would populate. Then I was thinking that it could be possible to have multiple schools appear on the same map by adding radio buttons to turn schools on or off. That would make it much easier to compare schools. Also if we were to have some way to present the schools with a visual cue that makes it easy to see some part of the data side by side you would be able to separate relevant information quickly. For example, if they’re looking for the schools that have students that have to travel there could be an icon that would make the selection stand out. You can see an example of what I’m talking about in the sketch.
One last thing is about the visual aesthetic of our design. I ran across this article about using color with user interface. It’s very helpful in understanding some of the does and don’ts of UI design: Great UI link

Children’s Hospital, Science Mentor Project Progress

Our group consists of the two Matts, Lex, and Suzanne. We have not yet had the chance to meet with anyone from Children’s Hospital, but received a description of a heart procedure that we may be able to use for our project, or at least use as a guideline to begin, until we have an actual face-to-face meeting with staff at Children’s.

We are planning on doing two separate forms of information describing the heart surgery, one as information for parents, and one for doctors. For the parents, we plan on using primarily Adobe Illustrator, maybe with some Flash. We want to tell a story to the parents, make it easy to understand, but not to make them feel stupid. We are going to illustrate specific steps in the surgery, with some information also on what to expect before and after surgery. Some ideas about what to include were food changes, how much sleep, how much play, interval between doctors appointments, what kind of impact this will have on both the parents & childs life. For medication schedule, an idea was to have a pill bottle icon with roll-over flash, pop-ups, etc. We have talked about having 3 separate pages: pre-surgery, surgery, and post-surgery.

For the doctors information, we are planning on using Maya. This part of the project will be more in depth about the surgery, with technical 3D illustrations of the heart. This will be a one page animation, including all relevant information about the surgery.

This whole project will be done so it can be published on the Children’s Hospital website.