• V&A in Shekou

    This December, China’s first ever design museum will open in Shenzhen. V&A, London has partnered with China Merchants Group to create ‘Design Society,’ a new cultural hub masterplanned by Japanese architects Maki & Maki. We are working with the curators on a new interactive installation centred around the value of design for the museum. Using mobile devices and large video walls integrated with WeChat (the world’s most popular app) visitors will be able to reveal their personal design values. Earlier this week, It’s Nice That featured the groundbreaking new museum with director Ole Bouman commenting ‘that human creativity will be the critical factor to decide success over failure [to answer] the big issues of our time, such as climate change.’

    V & A China

  • Central Station Presents Death Watch @ ISO HQ

    See Glasgow-set sci-fi film-noir Death Watch in the subterranean screening room of Merchant City’s newly renovated ISO HQ building. The Merchant city features prominently in this cult classic by Bernard Tavernier. Harvey Keitel plays a reporter with a camera implanted in his brain who secretly records the final days of terminally ill writer, Romy Schneider. With its satirical prophecy of reality TV, media paranoia, surveillance and celebrity, this chilling film is more appropriate now than ever.

    Part of the Merchant City Festival with complimentary drinks by Heverlee Beer.

    Book now via Eventbrite

    Death Watch

  • Aberdeen Art Gallery Refurbishment

    Aberdeen Art Gallery is currently undergoing major refurbishment to transform it into the leading heritage and arts visitor attraction in the north east of Scotland. The restored and modernised building will celebrate its unique features and improve the Collections Display through expanded galleries with more exhibits.

    The redevelopment project will enhance the visitor experience with new opportunities for participation. We are currently working on a suite of interactives for the new Exploring Art gallery.

    The museum is due to reopen in autumn 2017.

    ISODESIGN Aberdeen Art Gallery

  • BME Moves to Liverpool

    The original British Music Experience was housed at the Millennium Dome for five years until it closed its doors in 2014. It will now be re-opening in early 2017 at the iconic Cunard Building on Liverpool’s waterfront. The BME will show visitors how rock, pop and dance have influenced British popular culture over the past 70 years. The collection includes classic artefacts and memorabilia such as David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust costumes and the original handwritten lyrics to Blue Monday by New Order.

    Four of our original media installations from London will be re-versioned and updated to make the move north to be housed within the grandeur of one of the Three Graces buildings on the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pier Head at Liverpool Docks.

    ISODESIGN | British Music Experience

  • Saunt & Sinner X Vincent Wolf ‘DUALITY’ AW16 launch party

    Contemporary label Saunt & Sinner and ISO’s own Vincent Wolf premiered their ‘DUALITY’ AW16 collection this month, christening our new Events space at ISO HQ.

    Saunt & Sinner is Glasgow-based designer Toni-Cherie Roddie who applies the disciplines of visual art and new technologies to her work.

    The full collection was on display alongside concept film, stills and a Virtual Reality installation. Live music from Glasgow’s Bbr Music & Vicious Creatures. And thanks to the generous drinks sponsors at Caorunn Gin, Menabrea Beer Porter’s Gin and Panther Milk a great night was had by all!

  • Hinterland at St Peter’s Seminary

    The highly ambitious project by arts organisation NVA to reclaim the ruined Modernist masterpiece of St Peter’s Seminary as a world leading centre for performance and public art, debate and learning. Designed by the seminal Scottish architects Gillespie, Kidd and Coia, St Peter’s was abandoned in the 1980s and is now a dramatic, ravaged shell. St Peter’s has gained a cult-like status amongst architects, preservationists and artists, many of whom have studied, filmed and drawn its category A listed form.

    Back in 2007, The Lighthouse held a retrospective exhibition of the legendary architect firm’s works and we created all the media and exhibition graphics for this. We also designed the first authoritative publication. Find out more here.

    ISO’s Creative Partner, Damien Smith remains a board member and has been doing some consultancy with Angus Farquhar for the NVA’s restoration of St Peter’s Seminary. This month’s sold out inaugural event ‘Hinterland’ launched the Year of Architecture and Design and saw over 8,000 people visit the site over ten nights. Having raised funding of over £8 million, plans are now underway for the renewal and rebirth of the site.


  • Compact Cinematics release

    Bloomsbury are releasing a book on the new phenomenon of ‘Compact Cinematics’ next year and the Future Life film we created for Siemens Centre of Sustainability, ‘The Crystal’ is being featured as a chapter about the history and contemporary practice in visualisations of the city of the Future.

    Written by Professor Gillian Rose of the OU, the book explores the role of layering digital skins onto Smart Cities and how visualisations of this induce a sense of vertigo in viewers because of their constantly ‘transcoded indexicality’… which we think is a compliment(?)

    You can “locate ourselves in simultaneous spaces, multiple temporalities, and data-rich, simulated environments” here. More info on the release later this year.

  • The Secret Life of Midges

    The Secret life of Midges is a one hour documentary for BBC Scotland explaining the facts and dispelling the myths about the Scottish midge.

    Dr James Logan of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine uncovers the mysteries of the midge and how to live along side them.

    ISO were commissioned to produce a series of animated graphics bringing a lighted-hearted approach to the difficult subject of the Scottish midge, the animated sequences tell the story of how the Scottish midges helped to shaped Scottish history and the science behind the mighty BITE!

    Discover more here.

    BBC One Scotland from 9pm Monday 19th October.

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