An illustration we made for Harvard University showing the death of bacteria by antibiotics. The cells’ membranes are punctured, allowing the insides to leak out forming bubbles, which eventually burst. This image was selected for the cover of Biophysical Journal. Read more about the research here: https://amir.seas.harvard.edu/publications/bacterial-cell-lysis-geometry-elasticity-and-implications
An illustration we made for Harvard University showing the construction of a microtubule (within the flagella of a bacterium). The construction parts are carried to the building site by kinesin. Read more about the research here: https://amir.seas.harvard.edu/publications/length-regulation-multiple-flagella-self-assemble-shared-pool-components
An illustration we made for Harvard University showing that small mutations can lead to the discovery of a local optimum, but multiple mutations may be required to make the leap to a global optimum. Here, mutations are shown as trails, with some going nowhere, and one successfully finding a better route. (top) the final image,
An illustration we made for Harvard University showing that having a non-equal distribution of key proteins at cell division can be beneficial by driving adaptation – prioritising speed of growth or hoarding resources, depending on the environment. Read more about the research here: https://amir.seas.harvard.edu/publications/optimal-segregation-proteins-phase-transitions-and-symmetry-breaking
An illustration we made for Harvard University to accompany their research which showed that ribosomes and RNA polymerases are the rate limiting step in gene expression, contrary to normal assumptions. Read more about the research here: https://amir.seas.harvard.edu/publications/homeostasis-protein-and-mrna-concentrations-growing-cells
We created two illustrations for Design Modus to accompany one of their client’s research. It shows the production of gold nanoparticles using a high power green laser and gold particles in a stream of water; and a second close-up of a gold nanoparticle cluster.
We created a cover illustration for Design Modus to accompany one of their client’s research. It shows the assembly of coated nanoparticles into a larger structure, fused together with a laser.
We updated our Lunar Pathfinder animation to reflect the latest updated to the mission configuration for Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. It shows their Lunar Pathfinder mission, which aims which aims to deliver cubesats to lunar orbit, and a lander to the surface of the Moon, acting a communications hub back to the Earth. It is
We created an update to the animated logo/intro for Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, designed to communicate their small satellite production and to transition into their newly designed logo. See the old version (not made by us) here:
We produced a series of two animations for Earth-i, showing their novel mini satellite constellation, which enables live streaming of video from space for a variety of applications.
Animation of a quantum computer technique being developed by Hitachi Labs. It follows the basic spin manipulation, and how this can be scaled up to store and process computations, which will eventually form the basis of a functioning quantum computer.
Our latest animation for Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, showing an animation of their VAMP mini GEO satellite platform. It showcases some of the abilities and possible deployments for space missions. More details on the mission here.
An illustration for Stanford University, showing their novel CRISPR technique, called CRISPR-X. The goal is to introduce a scattering of random point mutations in a particular region of the DNA, not to directly edit the DNA directly as most CRISPR techniques do. They do this with a hyperavtive deaminase AID (which mutates DNA), and use
The illustration shows a network combining classical and quantum computers, with distributed users and servers, as one of their research interests is to ease the integration of new quantum computing protocols within an existing framework.
A detailed illustration of space debris around the Earth, which is visualising real orbital data of some 14,000 tracked objects, including satellites, rocket bodies, and small bits of junk.
We created a series of illustrations for Harvard University to accompany journal articles on their bacterial research. These images show: (left) A pile up of bacteria in different stages of growth and division. (right) The growth of bacteria over time, as well as the straightening-out of an induced curvature in the young cells.
Our latest animation for Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, showing an animation of their NovaSAR satellite, capturing data over Adelaide, Australia. This was based upon previous illustration work we did of the satellite. More details on the mission here.
We created a series of illustrations for Microsoft Research showing their latest experiments in DNA computation, where they used short, custom built strands of DNA to build a functioning logic circuit out of DNA. More info on this nanoscale DNA computational circuit.
We created a series of illustrations of FLEX (FLuorescence EXplorer), which is an ESA mission to monitor the global steady-state chlorophyll fluorescence in terrestrial vegetation. FLEX was selected for funding on 19 November 2015 and will be launched in 2022. Airbus Defence & Space are the prime contractor on this project and commissioned us to
We created a piece of art for Science Photo Library, showing the molecular structure of the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing complex. The CRISPR-Cas9 protein is used in genome engineering to cut DNA. It uses a guide RNA sequence to cut DNA at a very specific matching site. The Cas9 protein is shown in blue-white. The guide
We created this animation for Surrey Space Centre, who built the InflateSail cubesat which demonstrated an inflatable dragsail for quick de-orbiting of small spacecraft. The sail had an area of 10m2, and the cubesat successfully deorbited 72 days after launch. More detail on the mission here.
We created a piece of art for Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory who do very clever things with semiconductor physics, amongst other interests. We produced this “glamorous” illustration of a solid-state single electron transistor, showing the probably location of the electron cloud as a glowing region. We used reference electron micrographs and drawings to build an accurate
We created a piece of art for Sekisui Diagnostics who produce biological testing kits. This kit is for haemoglobin. We used structural data on the haemoglobin molecule, and split it into the separate chains and haeme groups that make up haemoglobin, rendering the final image to a high visual quality.
Our latest animation for Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, showing their Lunar Pathfinder mission, which aims to deliver a suite of cubesats to lunar orbit, and act as a communications hub back to the Earth. It is a pathfinder mission, testing technology for a more comprehensive lunar communications network, enabling future missions. More details and a
We updated the animation for Surrey Space Centre to show the launch and deployment sections, featuring a SpaceX Falcon9/Dragon capsule, and deployment from the International Space Station, via the Japanese module. The satellite is currently built and awaiting launch. It puts into context the issue of space junk, and shows how Surrey Space Centre, in
We created a piece of art for Sekisui Diagnostics who produce biological testing kits. This kit is for syphillis, which is caused by a bacterium called Treponema pallidum. We used reference electron micrographs to build accurate replicas, and dispersed them, rendering the final image to a high visual quality.
We created a piece of art for Pint of Science which is an international organisation which brings together detailed science talks on a wide range of cutting-edge research, in an informal pub setting, with plenty of beer. We used data from the Protein Data Bank to build an illustration showing the battle between a tumour
Part of a series of illustrations created for UC San Francisco to illustrate their work on the role of neurons in regulating thirst. The images play on the themes of neurons, brains and water.
We created this animation for Surrey Space Centre, who built the Alsat nano cubesat which was successfully launched on 26th September 2016. It is a testbed for some novel technologies, which are highlighted in the animation. More detail on the mission here.
We were hired by BBC Earth to produce a series of three animations to accompany a longform article on the Origins of Life. As this was quite a technical article, the videos were to provide some visual relief, explaining some of the complex concepts more clearly. These focused on: DNA, and how it assembles and
We produced this illustration of a small two-stage rocket, a Nanosat Launch Vehicle (NLV) for the British Interplanetary Society (BIS). It’s aim is to deliver small payloads to orbit, and has an approximate height of 9m, and is fuelled by liquid oxygen (LOX) and Refined Petroleum 1 (RP-1), a type of kerosene. It is based
We created this animation for Surrey Space Centre, who are one of 22 projects at the Royal Society’s Summer Exhibition, which features exhibits, talks and activites for all ages. It puts into context the issue of space junk, and shows how Surrey Space Centre, in collaboration with others in the space sector, are building missions
We’ve just updated our space demo reel on the main page to include our most recent work from the year or so. Watch it in full HD! Our 2016 Space showreel: You can still see our other showreels here: Engineering showreel 2012 Science showreel 2012
We were recently hired to produce a series of animation clips for Science Photo Library, showing some of the complex nuclear fusion reactions that occur in the Sun, including the CNO cycle at the end. Here is a selection of our favourites! Science Photo Library provides licensing of striking specialist science imagery, with more
A series of two illustrations and an infographic created for Airbus Defence & Space to visualise their Biomass satellite, which will measure forest and vegatation in 3D over the entire globe, for the evaluation of biomass and tracking of its change over time. Read more about the project on the Airbus Biomass press release
Our latest animation for Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, showing their novel GMP-A satellite platform, which can hide away inside a launch adaptor ring, unfurling into a fully functioning geostationary communications satellite.
Animation of a zoom out from the inside of a single atom to the entire galaxy. The first scene shows a single quark, one of three making up a proton (red) in the nucleus of an atom. The nucleus is surrounded by electron shells (blue). The atom is one making up one of the
We’ve produced another satcom video for Airbus, this one is a product video for a smaller, man-portable satcom terminal, featuring a mock scenario to show how it could be used in action. With lots of lovely motion graphics to link it all together.
Our visualisation of the complex decay chain of a uranium atom has just been chosen as Science Photo Library‘s clip of the week. U-238 is a radioactive element with 92 protons (red), indicated to the lower left of its chemical symbol, and 146 neutrons (yellow), giving it a total atomic mass of 238 (upper left
We were recently hired to produce a series of animation clips for Science Photo Library, showing how various things work. Here are our favourite eight! Clip 1 ) Catalytic converter. It consists of a honeycomb structure, which provides a large surface area. The inside surface is lined with the catalyst, which is a combination
We were recently hired to produce a series of animation clips for Science Photo Library, as part of their educational animation licensing arm (www.sciencephoto.com). Here are our favourite five stock clips! Clip 1 ) Rutherford scattering (gold foil experiment). Animation depicting the actual outcome of Rutherford’s 1909 experiment to probe the structure of an atom.
Other than it having an awful name, we’re super excited to have an illustration shortlisted in the Vizzies, which is run by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Popular Science magazine (which I buy to look at the pretty pictures). Do please cast your vote, and if you happen to like ours best (hint hint),
A series of genetics animations we produced for Science Photo Library, showing: (1) The transcription of DNA to mRNA, (2) Translation of mRNA to protein chains, (3) The mechanism of how smoking can alter DNA and prevent normal DNA function, (4) UV radiation damaging DNA structure, (5) Nuclear radiation causing a DNA mutation, (6) Polymerase
Here’s our new artwork for the Medical Illustration Source Book, and the Natural Science Source Book too! Fingers crossed that people love our pretty pictures…. Browse the Medical Source Book online (we’re on page 162) Oh, and here’s us in the GNSI Natural Science source book too (2 pages!):
We created this animation for Gavison to show how Gaviscon can work in a complementary way to medication such as PPIs (proton pump inhibitors). Reflux events are caused by the Lower Oesophageal Sphincter (LES) failing to close fully, which allows stomach acid to enter the oesophagus. This causes burning in the oesophagus, and the vapours
An illustration created for the O’Reilly Research Group at the Unviersity of Nottingham, to illustrate the concept of using Darwinian selection to find better proteins, by making many small tweaks to their structure and selecting ones that are most effective at each stage. The image mimics the famous monkey-to-man depiction of evolution, but using secondary
We created this animation to explain some of the background and concept behind Microsoft Research‘s DNA Strand Displacement tool (DSD), It was created for Microsoft Research to use at Techfest, to explain the mechanics of DNA strand displacement, and show how their tool enables the design and simulation of programmable DNA circuits for biological computation.
We created two high resolution illustrations for the National Physical Laboratory to publicise their TRUTHS satellite. TRUTHS will contain very precise, calibrated instruments, which will give a baseline for calibrating other earth observation satellites. By comparing measurements, the accuracy of satellites such as ESA’s sentinel series will be greatly improved, leading to much better data
We created a piece of art for Pint of Science which is an international organisation which brings together detailed science talks on a wide range of cutting-edge research, in an informal pub setting, with plenty of beer. We used 3D public domain data from Eyewire (a citizen science game that maps real neurons as players
We created this illustration showing the X-ray crystal structure of an engineered polymerase enzyme by Gilead Sciences Inc., to accompany a journal article that was accepted into Science, which described the structure of an polymerase enzyme that could be inhibited with a specific engineered drug.
We created two high resolution illustrations to explain some of the concepts behind two of Microsoft Research‘s analytical tools. This illustration on DNA Strand Displacement (DSD) accompanies four short animations showing how DSD can be used to perform logic operations, which in turn can form part of a biological equivalent to an electronic circuit, and eventually
We created this animation to explain some of the background and concept behind Microsoft Research‘s Bio Model Analyzer project, which is a piece of software for simulating the behaviour of protein networks within cellular systems. It is to be used to compare hypothesised models of protein networks with reality, and even to predict the effects
We produced two illustrations of the upgraded SSTL-300 satellite developed by Surrey Satellite Technology, three of which will be used in the DMC3 mission, providing high resolution imaging and daily revisits to aid in disaster monitoring. See our SSTL-300S1 illustration on Flickr And the constellation of three SSTL-300S1s in orbit
We produced an illustration to highlight Harvard University’s research work into increasing bacterial growth, for use as a journal cover illustration. See our illustration on Flickr
We produced two illustrations of the Formosat-7 satellite developed by Surrey Satellite Technology, which will be used for weather forecasting and operated by Taiwan and the USA. SSTL’s Formosat-7 satellite See our Formosat-7 illustration on Flickr Six of SSTL’s Formosat-7 satellites in a constellation And the constellation of six F-7s in orbit
We just signed up to advertise in the Medical Illustration Source Book, after years of deliberation. It helped that they did a deal with advertising in the Natural Science Source Book too! Fingers crossed that people love our pretty pictures…. Browse the Medical Source Book online (we’re on page 157) Oh, and here’s us in
CABI (part of UCL) have developed an MRI technique that utilises tumours’ aggressive uptake of sugar to identify themselves. The patient drinks a sugary drink, and then enters the MRI scanner, where they take advantage of the interchange of protons between water and sugar. Because the sugar is more strongly absorbed by the tumour, the
Our visualisation of x-ray data of a chrysalis has just been chosen as Science Photo Library‘s clip of the week. The animation shows a butterfly metamorphosis inside its chrysalis. This sequence was produced from reconstructed computed tomography (CT) scan data, showing the internal detail of a caterpillar’s transformation into a butterfly. Initially the caterpillar’s internal
Six of our clips made it into SPL’s space showreel, including our work on space debris, and some shots of Jupiter/Saturn and their moons! SPL’s space showreel Our stock images at SPL Our stock animations at SPL – part 1 Our stock animations at SPL – part 2
Our visualisation of space debris has just been chosen as Science Photo Library‘s clip of the week. Satellites are shown in red, everything else in blue (ranging from flecks of paint to entire discarded rocket stages). The space between geostationary orbit and the near-Earth orbits is relatively empty, but in the close-up at the end
We’ve just finished this HD animation showing Astrium‘s design for a Europa Penetrator mission. The penetrator will be released from an altitude of around 200km, and after a de-orbit burn to cancel the orbital velocity, it goes into freefall, spins up for stability, and impacts into Europa at around 300mph. Once under the surface, the
We’ve just updated our space demo reel on the main page to include our most recent work from the year or so. Watch it in full HD! Our 2013 Space showreel: You can still see our other showreels here: Engineering showreel 2012 Science showreel 2012
Synaesthesia 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 4, to accompany an article on synaesthesia, which is a neurological condition in which stimulation
We produced a series of illustrations based around three key papers on synthetic biology for Synberc. These are designed to communicate some of the key aspects of synthetic biology: 1-Illustration showing the concept of yeast cells as a chemical factory, which highlights one of the main uses of synthetic biology – harnessing cellular mechanics to
A quick illustration of the tetrahedral structure of diamond, MADE OUT OF DIAMOND. Mostly as a test for developing some new methods for getting nice dispersion/refraction effects. See our illustration on Flickr
Illustration for Dalhousie University, where we visualise the creation of surface plasmon polaritons (electron density waves) on the surface of microcavities.
A series of visualisations we produced for Windfall Films’ show “Easter Eggs Live”, which aired on Channel 4 this Easter weekend. We were given MRI and CT scans of various species’ eggs, and asked to visualise and animate these data to produce informative and clear visualisations to be used in the live tv programme. We’ve
Our latest animation for Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, showing their STRaND-1 “nano-satellite” (34x10x10 cm). It is powered by a HTC Nexus One smartphone, and this type of satellite is a low-cost technology test-bed for trialling new space hardware. It’s small enough to piggy-back on other satellites for launch. Read more about STRaND-1
Our 3D printed prototype of the Solar Orbiter spacecraft, made in plastic at 1:32 scale (main body is approx 6cm cube). Lots of great detail, it’s made from the polygon model we animated in our video for ESA, which in turn was made from CAD data, with some additions (such as MLI wrapping and mirror
UKube-1 is a UK designed and built cubesat (30x10x10 cm), funded by UKSA and built by Clyde Space. The on-board payloads are a variety of technology testbeds from collaborators in industry and academia to demonstrate their feasibility in space in a cost-efficient manner. It’s small enough to piggy-back on other satellites for launch. The animation
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. See our illustration on Flickr
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
Our latest video for Satcom Systems and Solutions to promotes their range of satcom terminals. We crafted an operational scenario to highlight how they can help to link everyone together for better communication and awareness. Currently on display at the Global MilSatCom exhibition in London.
Our animation/simulation of mixing in Jupiter’s Red Spot has just been chosen as Science Photo Library‘s clip of the week. Well, it IS quite pretty…. SPL’s Clip of the Week Our stock images at SPL Our stock animations at SPL – part 1 Our stock animations at SPL – part 2
We’ve just reworked these animations in full HD for Astrium, featuring clips of Sentinels 1 and 2, which are a series of Earth observation satellites due for launch between 2013 and 2015.
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:
We’ve just finished a series of animations showing Saturn, its glorious rings, and two of its moons (Titan and Enceladus), utilising high quality textures and a cinematic quality to the camera moves and final polish. The full, unedited versions of these clips are available for license from Science Photo Library. Music is (of course) Saturn
We’ve produced another satcom video, this one is a product video for an airborne terminal and satcom system, featuring a mock scenario to show how it could be used in action. With lots of lovely motion graphics to link it all together.
We’ve just finished a series of animations showing Jupiter and its moons (Callisto, Ganymede, Europa and Io), utilising high quality textures, animated surfaces (including an epic animation of Jupiter’s red spot) and a cinematic quality to the camera moves and final polish. The full, unedited versions of these clips are available for license from Science Photo
Cambridge Cognition asked us to help them communicate the results from their clinical dementia tests in a clear, visual way. We produced a series of animations and overlays, whereby a line-up of mannequins represents the subject’s peers (by age, sex) and the highlighted one represents the subject themselves. Crucially, before the test begins, the subject
An update of our animation of ESA’s Solar Orbiter mission, to reflect the new configuration as it is officially contracted to satellite builders Astrium. We’ve also taken the opportunity to improve the quality of our animation, using tools and techniques developed since our previous release. Supplied with an updated CAD file and a list of
We’ve produced another satcom video, this one is more of a product features video for a naval terminal. We’ve tried to avoid the cheesy corporate style (don’t blame us for the music), and it features an animated naval scenario with full simulated ocean and lots of pretty motion graphics to link it all together.
Here’s the synthetic biology documentary we had the pleasure of working on. The documentary titled “Creating Life – The Ultimate Engineering Challenge,” by Kelly Neaves and Dominic Rees-Roberts, follows the Imperial College IGEM team (International Genetically Engineered Machine), as they discover how to engineer bacteria to perform specific tasks, and consider the implications of their work.
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
The second animated sequence we produced for Secure Satcom Systems (part of the Astrium group). This sequence shows that having secure, continuous connectivity allows decisions to be made with all the relevant information to hand. They establish a secure, stable satellite broadband connection from a moving helicopter, and also get around the major issue of
We produced a short animated sequence highlighting some innovations from Secure Satcom Systems (part of the Astrium group). Not only can they establish a secure, stable satellite broadband connection from a moving helicopter, but they also get around the major issue of whirling pieces of metal scattering the signal, by pulsing the signal to pass
Our Epigenetics animations are now online in Begin Before Birth‘s series of Youtube Videos. The animations help explain the concept of Epigenetics, whereby chemical markers on DNA can switch genes on and off – and these markers can be inherited. Environmental pressures on a parent can lead to adaptation in the child. Links: Begin Before Birth’s
Our animation/simulation of convective mixing in a liquid has just been chosen as Science Photo Library‘s clip of the week. Well, it IS quite pretty…. SPL’s Clip of the Week Our stock images at SPL Our stock animations at SPL – part 1 Our stock animations at SPL – part 2
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
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!
We were recently hired to produce a series of animation clips for Science Photo Library, as part of their educational animation licensing arm (www.sciencephoto.com). We produced 37 clips in total, here are our favourite 8 stock clips! Clip 1 ) Waves of light, showing the associated electrical field and magnetic field components, which are
Windfall Films is one of the leading producers of science & technology programmes, and their science documentaries consistently breathe life into potentially dry subjects. They hired us to produce a series of animations to help explain the concept of Epigenetics, whereby chemical markers on DNA can switch genes on and off – and these markers
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
Read our interview with Jennifer Carpenter from Science Careers, who probes our choice to venture into becoming science visualisers, as part of the “alternative careers” section of their site. 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.
Sadly we didn’t win a Nobel Prize this year (fingers crossed for next year), but Heck, Negishi and Suzuki did, for “palladium-catalysed cross-couplings in organic synthesis”. And we got to make animations showing off the Heck and Suzuki reactions for TV. Which was some consolation to our bruised egos. Heck Reaction: Suzuki Reaction: Both reactions use a palladium
Our animation of DNA unravelling with a mutation in a base pair, has made it into Science Photo Library’s pick of 2010. Pretty good, considering they added some 20,000 science clips in the past year!
We were commissioned to produce a series of animations to help explore the abstract world of synthetic biology, allowing the concepts of designing and programming bacteria to perform a particular task, in this case creating a colour change when exposed to a parasite – brilliant for testing water sources in remote locations, with a clear
An update of the Solar Orbiter mission animation, to reflect the new configuration as it competes with other high profile ESA missions for the final commissioning decision. Go go gadget orbiter!!! Supplied with an updated CAD file and a list of changes to materials and instrument configurations, we were able to re-make the animation in
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.
The original Bloodhound SSC vs Bullet film has today received its ONE MILLIONTH view on Youtube – not to count the people who copy and paste it on their own channel to boost their own self esteem. Buy a Ferrari. Or compensate some other way….
We recently had two animations aired at the Royal Society’s Summer Exhibition. The Royal Society is the national academy of science of the UK, and this event allowed the general public to meet the minds behind some of the UK’s most exciting scientific advances. We produced two videos for the University of Cambridge‘s Department of
We’ve just completed a project for Teachers TV on Genetics and Disease, featuring several of our animation sequences, related to genetics and disease, showing mutations, chromosome defects and genetic surveys. Watch the full 15-minute video on YouTube: Teachers TV – Genetics and Medicine: Genes and Disease ….or just skip to the pretty graphics (below)
Ok, not so much of the science in this post – but still very pretty. Apophysis is a fractal flame generator, which essentially takes the usual Julia, Mandlebrot, etc. fractals, and puts them through a series of geometric transforms to create some interesting patters (for those of you obsessed with 3D: YES YOU CAN RENDER
OK, well here’s something I’m sure you’ve all wanted to do – build cool sciencey stuff out of Lego….. I’m sure this isn’t the way real Lego builders do it, but should be possible to get some really cool (and really precise effects). Imagine taking any 3D model, sculpture, CAD model, and recreating a scale
Ok, so Youtube has a pretty nifty stereoscopic 3D encoding option, where you can upload left-eye and right-eye videos, and users can choose their viewing mode (e.g. red/cyan, amber/blue, etc.). We thought it would be fun to see how it coped with Bloodhound SSC in 3D. Pretty well as it turns out. It looks even
Read our interview with Matt Brown from Chemistry World, on the topic of opportunities in science broadcasting.
We’ve just completed a rush project for the IMechE to illustrate how a second generation nuclear reactor works. It’s a pressurised water reactor (PWR). Not bad, considering the brief was “Show how a second generation nuclear reactor works, aimed at a Guardian reader”. Read the IMechE’s guide to Nuclear Power here.
We produced a series of short animations illustrating the applicability of space and satellite technology to everyday life, showing the abundance of space-related industry and academia in the UK, and a method of control for trains to improve their service – by using variable stantions (i.e. the space between the trains is controlled, but can
The Bloodhound SSC team came back to us for a bigger, more ambitious project to mark one-year in the public consciousness – a race between Bloodhound SSC and the donor of its jet engine, a Eurofighter Typhoon! Turnaround on this project was approximately 2 months from the drawing board to final delivery, with extensive consultation with
A teaser video for the imminent new Bloodhound animation….. watch this space! (Don’t worry, the project is still financially on track!) Read more about the project at Bloodhoundssc.com
Over the past seven months, we have developed three in-world areas of Second Life for Nature – the world’s most highly cited scientific journal, published in the UK since 1869. We developed a new Darwin-themed game sim (the game itself was built by Mad Pea Productions), a community area called the Skylabs, where people from
Astrium were looking to present their new Solar Orbiter project to an audience with a general interest in space exploration, and needed a way of bridging the knowledge gap between their cutting-edge scientific project and the layman’s general understanding. They provided us with a rough storyboard and approximately ten minutes of narrative text. Following this,
The Design Council asked us to help them visualise their challenge for the NHS, Design Bugs Out, where the UK’s top designers and manufacturers were asked to design furniture and equipment which would be easier and quicker to thoroughly clean, in order to reduce the spread of infections from surfaces. From three storyboards and some
We create high-quality, cinematic animations to bring your project to life. We will help you translate complex technical ideas into communicable visuals. Whether you need: Explainer videos of your technology. Company overview / promotional video. Sales tools to help communicate the benefits of your product or service. Videos for conference stands – standalone and eye-catching
We have a particular passion for visualising synthetic biology and cellular machinery, bringing our unique cinematic style to highlight the wonders of genetics and cell biology. It really does make the best images, and we find it fascinating. We have worked on complex genetic scenes (transcription/translation, DNA replication, DNA computation), molecular complexes such as CRISPR-CAS9,
Equinox have ten years experience working on space graphics and animations, and have worked for Airbus D&S, ESA, UK Space Agency, NASA, SSTL, Surrey Space Centre, and others. Because of our experience and knowledge from previous projects, we get details correct (i.e. understanding of orbits, operation of instruments, manoeuvring, etc.) This saves valuable time and
Many concepts are nigh impossible to convey verbally, or even in illustrated form. This is where the power of animation comes in: it’s possible to visualise mechanisms or abstract concepts, from molecular scale interactions to space exploration. Allow the audience to appreciate the complexity and skill involved in your project, by viewing it first-hand. Several