Category Archives: graphics

Evolution of a Poster

This week I’ll be delivering a “poster session” presentation at the Interstellar Research Group (IRG) meeting in Tucson, Arizona. As the name implies, I’ll be presenting with a poster on hand as a visual aid. Compressing a multi-page paper into … Continue reading

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The Difference Between Engineering and Design

One of my genius engineer friends asked me to define the difference between engineering and design. I am going to tap dance around this question just a bit because I’ve never actually been an engineer, just watched them work. Wish … Continue reading

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Subcontract or Do It Yourself?

For some reason I’ve been craving eggs this week. Being somewhat lazy, I was driving to Panera to grab an egg sandwich for breakfast rather than buying my own eggs and making them at home. Finally I saw how much … Continue reading

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Map Readability in Crisis Situations

One thing that’s driving me a little crazy with COVID-19 news coverage is the use of colors on maps. Some maps are more useful than others, and if readers want to have a clear picture of what’s going on, a … Continue reading

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Stage Props and Usability

Recently I was working on the prop committee for a local production of The Music Man. This served as a nice break from my usual reading-and-writing-heavy free time activities, but it also provided a few lessons in usability that I thought … Continue reading

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