Treponema pallidum illustration for Sekisui Diagnostics

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.

T-Cell Illustration for Pint of Science

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 and the immune system.  The tumour has expressed proteins to suppress T-cell activity, but a synthetic drug (yellow) acts to block the receptors on the T-cells, meaning that the T-cells are not suppressed and are able to attack the tumour.  This was created for Pint of Science, to accompany a talk in Cambridge.

Illustrations of neuron thirst for UC San Francisco

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.

Alsat Nano launch for Surrey Space Centre

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.

BBC Earth – Origins of Life videos on DNA, RNA and ATP

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 replicates, allowing the storage and duplication of all the information needed to build an organism;
  • RNA, and how it codes for proteins, which are essential for life.  In the primordial soup, it may have been the first carrier of genetic information, as it is able to store information, replicated and catalyse reactions;
  • ATP, which is used to power every cell.  Proton pumps create a concentration gradient, which forces protons through the ATP synthase motor, which turns ADP into ATP, storing energy inside them that can be transported around the cell and used where needed.

We focused on a high visual quality, while still using real molecular structures throughout.  You can read the article online here:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20161026-the-secret-of-how-life-on-earth-began

DNA animation:

 

RNA animation:

 

ATP animation:

Nanosat Launch vehicle for British Interplanetary Society

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 on the Reaction Engines (of Skylon fame) Blue Boomerang rocket design, which in turn is based on the British Black Arrow rocket, which is still the only successful orbital launch by the UK, launching the Prospero satellite in 1971.

Nanosat Launch Vehicle for BIS

Space Junk Clean-up at the Royal Society

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 to test and refine methods for removing and reducing space debris.

The official spiel: “Since the beginning of the space age, over 7,000 tonnes of space junk has been generated – mostly empty rocket casings and dead satellites. Most of the objects launched into space are still orbiting the Earth, threatening collisions with active satellites. Our exhibit invites you to explore our flagship RemoveDEBRIS mission, which aims to be the first to test capture technologies that drag space junk back into the Earth’s atmosphere to burn up.”

Cleaning up Space Junk on the Royal Society website.

New Space showreel

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