Visualizing the Invisible

A continuous glass wall at the Chemical Heritage Foundation Conference Center presents a history of scientific symbols used to visualize that which is hidden from the naked eye. My role included design and managing graphic production.





Kepler’s Platonic Solids from 1619 rise from the left followed by Rouelle’s Table of Affinities from 1763.
Photo: Tommy Matthews


Watson and Crick’s 1962 structure of DNA folds around a corner and is followed by Paulings’ 1964 diagram of atoms in a heme molecule.  Photo: Tommy Matthews


Process


Composition study.

Printed simulation of different levels of transparency (left) and glass sample with graphic interlayer and screen printed caption (right).