3D MAP DESIGN
As Designer Director for Austrian startup blackshark.ai I rebranded the company to align our presence with the company's unique patented AI-technology approach to producing a semantic digital twin of the entire planet, based on satellite imagery and other geospatial data, using its end-to-end ML/AI-driven geospatial platform, Now focusing on improving UI/UX of the company's various tools, and evolving our design organization to meet the enterprise-level needs of our current and future customers.
As Principal Designer and Sr. Design Manager for HERE Technologies' next-generation high-definition 3D maps, initially I designed of the UI for the company's internal 3D map data editing tool. Designed visual concepts for 3D map product features, developing interactive UX prototypes -- to explore, engage, inform, and inspire -- while building and directing a production team of 40 to build initial 3D map product samples and define efficient workflows and processes for scaled production in India.
All of these 3D map initiatives feel like a synthesis of all the other 3D work in my career - CGI, games, rendering - only now helping build the whole world in 3D. Fun to merge it all together, getting ready for a time when maps are no longer just navigation aids, evolving into a dynamic 3D canvas we'll paint with the information, activities and location data of our lives.
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HERE - 3D Map Concept and Prototype project compilation
blackshark.ai 3D digital twin
Semantic 3D digital twin of entire planet, based on patented AI-driven end-to-end geospatial platform. blackshark.ai is the Austrian startup that provided the entire 3D earth in Microsoft's most recent Flight Simulator.
Luxia: HMI Design Tool
Aspirational proof-of-concept prototype application demonstrating game-changing design-user workflow and productivity enhancements possible from combining the power of Unity 3D Engine and HERE 3D location data. Project was collaboration between HERE and Unity.
San Francisco Digital Twin
Custom high-detail 3D Digital Twin of San Francisco waterfront area Being used in autonomous vehicle simulators.
IoT Scenario Showcase
Custom digital twin and showcase application for smart city technology center, featuring 3D visualizations of autonomous vehicle and IoT device test data with touchscreen presentation UI
3D Network Visualizations
3D Map UX prototype
Touchscreen 3D map prototype exploring various UX and visualization concepts like focused styles, de-cluttering, napkin and schematic maps, dynamic transitions, and more
CAMINO: HD Map Visualizer
Directed the development of an interactive prototype to visually demonstrate the features of the new HERE HD Map -- a high-definition lane-level hidden "dark" map for autonomous vehicle navigation. This prototype was shown at HERE's booth at CES in 2016 and 2107. Audi thanked us for "making the invisible visible."
HERE 3D Map sample
The last several years I've been working on both the design and tools to produce HERE's new 3D Map content, enabling compelling new use-cases for automotive, mobile, IoT, and other location-based applications and industries.
Chicago at Magic Hour
3D map with custom 'magic hour' style
HD map test track
Custom private mapping of test track and live testing of obstacle avoidance application and visualization, in collaboration with major telco and HERE engineering
3D Map skyline
Part of my work at HERE has been to infuse Entertainment Design concepts into the more traditional approach to cartography. Cameras, lighting, textures, animation, and other 3D topics are new to mapping, and the 3D map offers an exciting new canvas for compelling and innovative location-based visual infotainment solutions.
Concept for the visual appeal and increased comprehension possible from dynamically reducing map detail for certain use cases.
Early concept for spatial comprehension advantages of a 3D road model
3D Map: Munich
Sample of 3D map of Munich
3D Map customization
The same map data, different styles. Worked closely with rendering team to define features and parameters that enable extensive map customization.
Heat map prototype
Layering on 3rd party data and displaying on the indexed 3D map objects opens up new insights from the added 3rd dimension.
HERE EarthScape UI
Designed the UI for HERE’s internal 3D map editing application. A flexible framework, with multiple work flows, display and edit many layers of geo-spatially aligned data. From concept through multiple released versions, the tool in is use at scale in HERE's global production centers.
3D Map: San Francisco
Took several years to create tools and backend capable of producing, publishing, and delivering indexed lane-level 3D map at scale.
3D Map with lane-level road model
HD Map: lane-level accuracy
Combining a 2D link-and-node map with scanned LiDAR (and other) data, with both automatic and manual processing, produces a high-definition lane-level 3D map suitable for autonomous vehicle localization and control.
Lidar and HD Map data alignment
Concept: Lane level navigation
Abstraction to essentials
Detail reduction to essentials for compact indexed representation of reality.
The value of indexed map objects
With indexing, everything has a place and everything is in its place, enabling a variety of novel custom visualization opportunities.
3D interior maps
interactive indoor map browsing prototype
Concept: 3D map navigation use-case
Navigation at close range on a 3D map presents new challenges and opprtunities for at-a-glance comprehension
Graphic textured 3D landmarks
HERE's 3D landmark portfolio was redesigned by my team for a new clean appearance that plays well with the custom styling capabilities of the rest of the map.