Deep Bio

This is a project done during the first course in the UI/UX Design Specialization from CalArts on Coursera. The course examined the broad question of what an interface is and what role a designer plays in creating a user interface. Through a series of lectures and visual exercises, I focused on the many individual elements and components that make up the skillset of an interface designer. By the end of the course, I applied the learned skills to the design of a static screen-based interface for a digital product idea, DeepBio.

DeepBio is a digital microscope for bio-designers. It turns the camera of the phone into a microscope to record and observe living systems and nano cellular size of material surfaces and of the natural world, in order to learn and apply principles of biomimicry to develop new materials and patterns inspired by nature. The app allows to take images and record videos with a regular camera at a variable magnification decided by the user, ranging from 100x and 1000x. The app is integrated with a database that provides useful data and published papers about the living system that is being observed. Images, videos, and further discoveries made by the user can be stored and uploaded to the database. This will allow the community of bio-designers to browse through innovative discoveries and applications, useful for their research and potential collaborations.

project details
  • done at California Institute of the Arts on Coursera
  • date August 2020
  • project by Cinzia Ferrari