Sirius Worshippers


Monday morning news meeting – ‘we have a story about how the world’s oldest temple, Göbelki Tepe in southern Turkey, may have been built to worship the dog star, Sirius’ said the reporter. The temple is still under excavation and so not an easy one to picture or to get info for, so we discussed using a graphic to illustrate the idea of what it may have looked like and been used for. Using photographs from the researchers and additional materials, I sketched out the profiles in Illustrator…


…before importing and refining them in Cinema4D.


Colour and additional refining was done in photoshop before bringing back into Illustrator for text and the map to be added. The rough graphic was on page by Monday afternoon with the finished one Monday evening


About this blog…

I am an information designer and visual communicator with more than 25 years experience and director of Nigel Hawtin Information design Ltd

Until recently I was the graphics editor of New Scientist base in London, England.

I’m hoping this blog will show a collection of graphics produced for New Scientist as well as others publications and websites and keep up to date with my public speaking events. I thought it would be good to share the processes and challenges I go through creating the maps, charts and explanatory graphics for the scientific specialist and researcher as well as to the general broader reader with an interest in science. I would also like to include and share any graphics and visualisations that I come upon as well as my experiences at conferences and meetings

I have been involved in producing scientific and technical graphics for over 30 years. Initially with pen & ink and water colours before moving on to fully computerised 2D and 3D materials using Illustrator, Photoshop and Cinema4D.

All views are my own. I hope you find this interesting.

New Scientist is a London based weekly magazine. With a small staff, we produce information graphics that cover all aspects of science and technology, from maps of biodiversity to the latest explanation of a quantum theory.

All images are copyrighted by New Scientist unless otherwise stated