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Repel the Invaders

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  • Interactive design | Projection | November 2009 – January 2012

    This is a collaborative project created with Michele Clark and Lisa Fitzpatrick at the UMD Viz Lab. This is an interactive, projected application created to raise awareness of the problems of invasive species within Lake Superior and nearby ecosystems.
  • This video was taken from the opening of the permanent installation at the the Great Lakes Aquarium.

    The projection starts by displaying fish native to the Lake Superior region. With enough interference from the viewer the native species flee and invasive populations take hold. This is supposed to reflect how often times human activity introduces these invaders to local ecosystems. Once the user leaves the native fish repopulate. The fish will always try to swim away from the user's shadow.

    My major responsibility for this project was to create the animations which the program would use. All the animations where created in Illustrator using multiple art boards. I illustrated the fish to be appealing to kids, as they are the primary audience, but took care to still maintain a degree of realism so that each species could be identified. Michele Clark handled the coding and creation of the program while Lisa Fitzpatrick managed the project. The three of us together conceptualized and user tested the project.
  • These are the animated frames from the native species of painted turtle
  • This is the native species of Sturgeon.
  • Invasive species of lamprey.
  • Invasive species of rusty crayfish.