Pei Liew — Graphic Designer

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N3D

A visualization tool that helps astronomers find patterns and relationships between the objects in the universe so that they can better understand its underlying structures. 

N3D uses the data from NED, a catalog of all known objects in extragalactic space. That's a whole lot of things that are incomprehensibly far away from us. We worked with 40,000 points (a small fraction of the dataset) that were as far as a billion light years away from Earth.

 

Before...

While NED has a wealth of information, its previous interface is clunky and text heavy. The 2D diagrams it offers are tough to make sense of because they aren't interactive and do not visually connect back to the lists of information being displayed.

 

And After

With N3D, astronomers can easily find the data that interests them, save and color it, and examine its spatial distribution.

Finding an individual galaxy and checking out its local environment is a much more intuitive process than it was with the previous interface.

Astronomers visually encode the data by different parameters with color ramps to try to find correlations between parameters and physical location.

 

"Love what you did with N3D. There is talk of applying for a grant to continue N3D development into a future interface for NED. I think you helped a lot of people this summer.”

 

Rick Ebert
Infrared Processing & Analysis Center
Caltech


 

Collaborators

Pei Liew
Graphic Design, Interaction Design
Art Center College of Design

Alex Sciuto
Graphic Design, Interaction Design
Carnegie Mellon University

Thomas Lu
Software Design and Programming
University of Southern California

Principal Investigators

Dr. Joseph Mazzarella
Infrared Processing & Analysis Center
Caltech

Ben Chan
Infrared Processing & Analysis Center
Caltech

Rick Ebert
Infrared Processing & Analysis Center
Caltech