Interactive Design - The Desk of One Astronomer


Synopsis

 


The main design is base on the 100-inch Hooker telescope control panel desk at the Mount Wilson observatory. The Hooker telescope, completed in 1917, was up until 1948 the world's largest telescope and played major roles in some of the most important advances made in the history of astronomy. One of them is astronomer Edwin Hubble’s. By using photographs he took with this telescope, Hubble measured distances and velocities of galaxies. It led to the expanding Universe, or "Big Bang," theory.


Structure - Flowcharts

 


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Navigation Layout Templates

 


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Interactive elements

 


Intro page

Main page (Mount Wilson Observatory control panel desk)

Object
Interact
Link to
Home
Fall down menu
Each pages
‘?’
Show where to click
TV & DVDs
Watch Animations
Book on the desk
Page turning
Interactive Book
Control pane
100-inch Hooker Telescope
Blackboard
Links & Downloads
Right side of desk
About
Phone
ringing
Contact info
Lamps
Turn on and off
Clock
Current time of the users computer
Coffee mug
Steam
Close up
Loupe
Lift
Close up

Watch Animations

Object
Interact
Link to
Home
Fall down menu
Each pages
‘?’
Show where to click
TV button 1
Play the Island Universes
TV button 2
Play the Cepheids
Interactive Book
Interactive Book

Interactive Book

Object
Interact
Link to
Home
Fall down menu
Each pages
‘?’
Show where to click
Index Tab 1
Chapter 1 – the Island Universes
Index Tab 2
Chapter 2 – the Cepheids
‘!’
More information

100-inch Hooker Telescope

Object
Interact
Link to
Home
Fall down menu
Each pages
‘?’
Show where to click
Tab 1
Mount Wilson Obseravtory
Tab 2
100-inch Hooker Telescope

Links & Downloads

Object
Interact
Link to
Home
Fall down menu
Each pages
‘?’
Show where to click
Take out menu
Togo Box
Download lists
Globe and scrolls
Spinning earth
Links
Magnifying glass
Lift
Magnifying on the desktop
Galaxies Express Ticket
Close up
Window on the board
stars
stars

About

Object
Interact
Link to
Home
Fall down menu
Each pages
‘?’
Show where to click
Newspaper
News and Event
Post-it
About the project
Thank you card
Thank you card
Polaroid Photo
Photo gallery
My photo
About me

Contact info

Object
Interact
Link to
Home
Fall down menu
Each pages
‘?’
Show where to click
Post card
Send email




Environment

 


Software

Alias Maya, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver

Hardware

Mac Dual-Core Intel Xeon


Public Release


 

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Resource

 


Mount Wilson Observatory & 100-inch Hooker Telescope

The Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington
http://www.ociw.edu/

Mount Wilson Observatory
http://www.mtwilson.edu/vir/100/

Mount Wilson Observatory Association
http://www.mwoa.org/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Wilson_Observatory
http://www.armchair.com/escape/mtwilson/mwilson1.html

George Zamora,(August 9, 2001) Resurfacing the 100-inch Telescope
http://www.nmt.edu/mainpage/news/2001/10aug03.html

Mt. Wilson Historical Timeline
http://tchester.org/sgm/places/mt_wilson_timeline.html

The 100-inch Telescope of the Mount Wilson Observatory, International Historical Mechanical Engineering Landmark (June 20, 1981) American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Edwin Hubble

MICHAEL D. LEMONICK, (March 29, 1999) Scientist & Thinkers : Edwin Hubble, the Time.
http://www.time.com/time/time100/scientist/profile/hubble.html



 


Smoke


After Effects
http://library.creativecow.net/articles/hamill_alan/smoke.php

Maya
http://www.highend3d.com/maya/tutorials/dynamics_fx/215.html
http://www.painfulurination.com/Tutorial_Cigarette_Smoke/maya_tutorial_cig_smoke.htm



Credits

 


Edwin Hubble with

Used with permission : Credit & Copyright by Huntington Library
http://www.huntington.org/

Edwin Hubble with a galaxy image (1931)
Used with permission : Credit & Copyright by Hale Observatories (Yerkes Observatory, Mount Wilson Observatory, Palomar Observatory)

A Negative image of the Andromeda taken by Hubble
Used with permission : Credit & Copyright by Mt. Wilson Observatory


 


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