Open Lab Hours – Spring Break

Here are the open lab hours for Spring Break.
open lab


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