How can we use design to celebrate nanotechnology and create an emotional connection to scientific achievements?

A 144 µm wide x 128 µm tall monument to nanoscience with an accompanying digital exhibition.

Micro Monument

The world’s first monument to nanoscience. Micro Monument honors the vital role of Nanoscience in solving global issues, particularly in the recent development of the Covid-19 vaccines and their testing platforms. Created with dual photon polymerization, and in collaboration with Georgia Tech; the monument presents the International Flag of Planet Earth at the microscale, standing at only 128 nanometers tall and slightly wider than a red blood cell.

7.2021

Team

Crawford George, Philip Anschutz

Sponsors

National Science Foundation, National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure, Georgia Institute of Technology, and South-Eastern Nanotechnology Infrastructure Corridor

my role

Worked in collaboration with Crawford George on all design elements, but most heavily on UX.

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Research

We interviewed nanotechnologists from institutions like NASA, Stanford, and Georgia Tech. Their contributions to Nanoscience range from sequencing and storing information in DNA, building quantum computers, sending rovers to Mars, and rearranging materials on the atomic scale. We wanted the core message of Micro Monument to reflect that this research allows us to observe the world more intimately; and when new materials are created or current ones are manipulated at this scale it can revolutionize the way we live our everyday lives.

An interdisciplinary field changing the way we perceive our world

Physical Monument

Presented on a crystalline silicon plaque, the Micro-Monument is etched with the words, “This flag stands as a monument to scientific achievement at the nanoscale, celebrating the continued interdisciplinary research dedicated to improving our understanding of the world.” 

Digital website

Micromonument.com is divided into four tabs. It explains the monument, gives an introduction to Nanoscience, showcases interviews from leading Nanoscience experts, and connects interested users to Georgia Tech's cleanrooms.