E. Coli Muller Plot

I helped scientist Rohan Maddamsetti create a Muller Plot and supporting diagrams for his paper on E. coli evolution.  Rohan provided the raw data and we worked together to merge it together into the final diagram using Adobe Illustrator.

The paper was awarded the “1st Centennial Award For Population And Evolutionary Genetics.” More info from the Genetics Society of America.

The full scientific article: Adaptation, Clonal Interference, and Frequency-Dependent Interactions in a Long-Term Evolution Experiment with Escherichia coli

Exhibit Rendering and Sketching

Rendering

These renderings were created to lend form to exhibit concepts and sell them to funders and other stakeholders.  Tools: Adobe Photoshop and Wacom Cintiq

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Concept for a new water room at Impression 5
Sound v1 copy
Concept for a Sound exhibit at Impression 5
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Concepts for a dental health exhibit at Impression 5
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Concepts for a dental health exhibit at Impression 5
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Concepts for a dental health exhibit at Impression 5
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Concepts for a dental health exhibit at Impression 5
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Concepts for a dental health exhibit at Impression 5
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Concept for an exhibit about manufacturing, Maryland Science Center
Overview Rendering v2 WEB copy
Revised concept rendering, after construction methods and components were refined, Science & Main.

Sketching

Pen, pencil, and paper

Sketchbook

Various life drawings, ideas, and illustrations, mostly personal work

Fenner Nature Center Concepts

After seeing my designs at Impression 5, Fenner asked me to conceptualize a new space to reinvigorate their aging exhibit area.

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Overview of the final gallery design
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A materials and finishes rendering used during the design phase.
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This is a title test
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Test caption added in gallery.
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Build Zone

This was a very quick, low-budget project to fill a gap made by a departing traveling exhibit. Other staff developed the activities, and I designed the exhibit layout, look and feel, and environmental treatments.  The project took 2 months from initiation to completion.

It turned out to be one of the most popular exhibits in the museum.

POP

Goals

Redesign and relocate the aging bubbles exhibit at Impression 5 Science Center.  I added to the atmosphere with iridescent plastic panels that resembled the thin-film effect seen on bubbles.

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The Bubble Tower component was prototyped by other museum staff, and I was tasked with designing the cabinet.
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I was also responsible for the graphic system and graphic design
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SketchUp model

 

Roles

I served as exhibit designer, graphic designer, and assisted with fabrication and install.  Prototyping and fabrication by Cyrus Miller, Matt Hill, Josh Smith, and Larry Stump.

Location

Impression 5 Science Center, Lansing MI

Completed

2013

MiNature

 

A hands on exhibit about Michigan nature and environment at Impression 5 Science Center in Lansing, MI.

 

Roles

I was responsible for environmental design, graphic design, AV design and implementation.  I also assisted with fabrication and install.  Initial concepts, prototyping, and fabrication by Cyrus Miller, Matt Hill, Josh Smith, and Larry Stump.

Location

Impression 5 Science Center, Lansing MI

Completed

2011

Silent Spring

The Challenge

The MSU Museum contracted me to design an exhibit about the impact of Rachel Carson and Silent Spring.  There was a lot of text but not many artifacts, so I did my best to add images and compartmentalize the text to make it easier to skim.  Because the exhibit would travel, I was required to put all text and images on 4×6′ panels.  I designed backdrops to the panels to connect them and unify the gallery.

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Early concept rendering, created with SketchUp and Photoshop
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Final 3D model, before install
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Installed
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Roles

SV: Project lead, designer, graphic design
Toni Chester (sub-contracted): graphic system, graphic design (designer website)
MSU Museum staff: content, artifacts, and installation

Client

MSU Museum

Completed

2012

UL University

Myself and 3 other designers were contracted to assist with the design of a technical learning facility for Underwriters Laboratories.  Below are the ‘exploded view’ dioramas I created from UL-certified products.

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The components are suspended on straight-pull bicycle spokes. A trade-show exhibit company built the cases and I modified them and installed the components.
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Client

Underwriters Laboratories

Completed

2010