An occasional blog about recent projects
Here's a jolly little infographic poster describing how ocean gliders work. These ingenious little ocean-probing submersibles are self-powered and can operate autonomously for months at a time. This was also produced as part of the Natural Environment Research Council's (NERC) 'Into the Blue' showcase.
They say that variety is the spice of life – if that's the case, then my working life is very spicy indeed. One of the great joys of what I do is that I never know what the subject of my next project will be.
Some days I find myself trying to find a way to tangibly illustrate one of the many intangible quirks of quantum mechanics – often trying to come up with a visual interpretation of a concept that, by its very nature, defies visual interpretation. And, while these projects are often the most fun to get your teeth into, it is sometimes nice to have something a little more tangible to chew on.
In this case, I was asked by the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) to provide an infographic explaining how their flagship meteorological aircraft works.
The FAAM (Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements) infographic featured in NERC's Planet Earth magazine and in their 'Into the Blue' showcase exhibition.
To mark the launch of NASA's comet-hunting OSIRIS-REX spacecraft, I was asked by BBC Sky at Night magazine to provide an infographic for their September issue. I also wrote a few words to go along with it.
Since the publication of my books – How to Build a Universe and Science But Not As We Know It – my science writing has taken a bit of a back seat to the infographics, so it was nice to stretch the old typing muscles once again.
Ben Gilliland is a freelance science writer, graphic journalist, illustrator and author with more than 20 years of experience. This is where he talks about work he has done... on the off-chance anyone is interested.