21 foundation wanted to put an interactive globe on their website, which is a strange co-incidence, because I’ve been wanting to do one for ages.

Initially we had some other ideas for an interactive flash based device for selecting between 12 different categories, including a class room, fancy flow chart and 3d graphs. In the end our client settled on a 3d globe. An interactive real time version of this can be found on the 21 foundation website.

Wanting to create something like this for ages – but having no excuse to do so – my first attempt something stylised, as with my previous taste for diagonal lines and chevrons. Eventually we decided on making the whole globe look more realistic for clarity. Each island on the globe relates to a certain category on the 21 foundation website.

Injecting the model into papervision was the final goal, for in-browser 3d, using the collada format. Below is screen capture of real time papervision:

Locations on the globe are:

  • Iceland
  • Lisbon
  • Boston
  • Cambodia
  • India
  • Tanzania
  • Kuala Lumpa
  • Tokyo
  • Egypt
  • Russia
  • Mexico
  • Australia

During the process of shooting their film, the 21foundation will be visiting school in each of these countries.

Many thanks to Erik Johansson, the coder on this project.

Technical boot-note:
Changing from being stylised to textured required a process called UVW mapping. I then drew the textures directly into the 3d software package. The textures are here if interested.