The Clotho website, which describes synthetic biology research by an interdisciplinary team led by Assistant Professor Douglas Densmore (ECE), recently won a Communicator Award of Excellence in the Websites – Science category for its design and development.
Receiving more than 9,000 entries a year, the Communicator Awards honor creative excellence in categories like print, video and interactive.
The awards were judged by the International Academy of the Visual Arts, an invitation-only panel of professionals in media, communications, advertising, creative and marketing industries.
“This recognition lets us know that the community finds the face of Clotho appealing, and the website is now poised to really engage users and get individuals to create new Clotho apps for the emerging app store,” said Densmore.
Clotho, an open source software platform initially developed by Densmore, was designed for engineering synthetic biological systems and managing the data used to create them. The project now includes collaborations with researchers at UC Berkeley, MIT, BBN Technologies and the BioFAB.
Clotho uses an App environment similar to an iPhone so that anyone can share and create new tools. At the same time, it provides a mechanism to begin the process of creating standardized data, algorithms and methodologies for synthetic biology.
Last year, Densmore, J. Christopher Anderson of UC Berkeley and Carlos Olguin of Autodesk Research, all part of the Clotho research effort, approached Noble Studios about developing the site after they had some initial ideas for the page.
Since then Noble Studios has not only won a Communicator Award for Clotho; they also won a Silver ADDY Award, which honors creative excellence in the art of advertising, from the American Advertising Federation – Reno (AAF Reno).