User Experience Design at the Nanoscale12:46:00 PM
In this article I will describe some of the design challenges and decisions behind the NanoDesign DNA Origami application. W...
|NanoDesign Software. Autodesk BioNano Research|
Designing the visualizations and interactions with complex DNA origami structures in 3D posed some interesting design challenges.
|Existing applications quickly reach their limit as complexity increases|
|Applying visual cues from the Moscow metro map to DNA structures|
|While being a good visual system, the problem of complexity is not solved|
There is only a limited amount of data a user is able to parse at once - beyond that, data is perceived as noise. Our second strategy was to develop a system that would balance that threshold by hiding, or consolidating data. In practice this means as the user zooms out to see the entirety of the model, less detail is shown. As the user zooms into a smaller part of the model more detail is revealed.
|As the user zooms into the model more detail is revealed (right)|
|Points of interest are highlighted in green|
|A selected point of interest is framed in the 3D view|
Working on the visual language and interactions posed interesting challenges. The current release of NanoDesign brings needed improvements to the promising field of DNA Origami research. Further enhancements will focus on simulation and analysis of DNA structures.
Malte Tinnus. Designer at Autodesk Reserach