2021 AMI Online Salon

Hemoglobin: Crystal Structure in Motion

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Ryan Nini
  • Client:Isabel Romero Calvo & Leah Lebowicz
  • Copyright: Ryan Nini, 2021
  • Medium/software used:VMD, Blender, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe After Effects
  • Final presentation format:Looping Animated Poster
  • Primary Audience:Lay audience

Project Description

Protein crystallization can provide structural insight into protein function, yet this visual information is typically provided outside the context of physiology. This 3D dimensional information is also hard to visualize as still images, relying on redundant visualization at various angles to reveal self-occluded structures. The purpose of this piece was to address these issues by: providing the biological context for the role and location of hemoglobin; and presenting the crystal structure of hemoglobin as a looping, turn-table-styled animation that reveals structures that are normally occluded in still images. The square format and looping nature of the animation were chosen to facilitate distribution and viewing of the piece on mobile devices, emphasizing the importance of easing access to biomedical visuals.