We produced a series of illustrations of the SSTL-900 platform, developed by Surrey Satellite Technology, which has been used as the basis for ESA’s GIOVE-A and GIOVE-B missions.
Visualizing scientific breakthroughs
Ionic Magazine is an online publication, which aims to bridge the gap between science and art, by pairing up science writers and illustrators to create an engaging publication full of creativity and imagination.
We produced an illustration for Issue 2, to accompany an article on vascular disrupting agents. These drugs are used disrupt the production of blood vessels around tumours – blood vessels which the tumour cells drive the growth of, to feed their insatiable demand for nutrients.
We’ve just updated our demo reels on the main page to include our most recent work from the past six months or so:
Our 2012 Space showreel:
Our 2012 Engineering showreel:
Our 2012 Science showreel:
Illustrating quantum computing is always a challenge. Information theory, optic benches and quantum weirdness don’t lend themselves easily to beautiful illustrations. But that was the task given to us by the “Institut für Quantenoptik und Quanteninformation” at the University of Vienna, for their paper which has been accepted into Science.
Their paper describes a method of “Blind Quantum Computing”. In a world where Quantum Computers are large, expensive, and are used to process sensitive data (e.g. financial transactions, secure communications), the authors anticipate that it will be necessary to perform these computations remotely, on a third party’s computer. Blind computing involves encoding your data in such a way that they can be encrypted, sent, processed while encrypted, the result sent back and then the result decrypted. At all stages on the remote computer the data are hidden and secure. The paper describes and demonstrates a method for performing such a series of operations using quantum-entangled clusters of qubits.
The Arxiv pre-print paper:
This week, Science magazine have a special edition on Synthetic Biology, in which they: “explore the breadth of this field and how the construction of new biological systems might be harnessed to serve humanity”.
And they feature our illustration on the cover! This is where art, science and Lego combine…. Synthetic biology is a field close to our heart, and we’ve previously worked on a range of illustrations and animations.
Synthetic Biology special issue:
About the cover:
Our previous animations on Synthetic Biology:
We’ve updated our showreel on the main page to include the best work we’ve done over the past 6 months or so – we hope you enjoy it!
This month, Science magazine publishes its annual feature on science and engineering visualisation, which is a fiercely competitive and prestigious arena for the world’s science communicators.
Scientists, illustrators, computer game companies, TV companies and new media producers compete to showcase their work and raise the bar for communication of science and engineering concepts for the purposes of public engagement and education.
We are delighted to announce that we have been selected for an honourable mention in the illustration category, for our illustration of a Bacteriophage doing what it does best: attacking a bacterium!
The image was produced in around a week, including some modelling, texturing, lighting, rigging, composition, and retouching work, producing the above image at 7500 x 4500 pixels.
Our reference material (of real bacteriophages – we’re not making this stuff up!)
A1 poster-sized reproductions are available on request, priced at £70 including VAT and delivery – please contact email@example.com
Our image (and animations) can be licensed from our collection held at Science Photo Library, or we are happy to take commissions for new visualisations.
The imaginatively titled “International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge”, in association with the NSF, forms part of the February 2011 issue of Science, which is available now. As they say, “To illustrate is to enlighten.”
Science minisite: www.sciencemag.org/site/special/vis2010/
NSF site: www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/scivis/winners_2010.jsp
Direct link to PDF of the illustration category:
I think I managed not to libel anyone, and plus the most prestigious academic science journal now links to The Polos of Death. Very surreal.
We’ve updated our showreel on the main page to reflect our best work, with lots of new material from the past 6 months or so – we hope you enjoy it! Featuring clips from Science, Windfall, Bloodhound SSC, Nature Protocols, Teachers TV, ESA, Astrium, Space IGT, IMechE, Bluesci, Science Photo Library and others.
We’ve updated our showreel on the main page to reflect our best work we’ve done over the past 6 months or so – we hope you enjoy it! New clips from ESA, Astrium, Teachers TV, Space IGS, and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.