• Mackintosh at the Willow

    1906 saw the opening of an astonishing piece of architecture for its time. Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed a groundbreaking building and interiors for Mrs Cranston’s Tea Room empire in Glasgow. Over a hundred years later we have created a 4k centrepiece film, Mackintosh and the Making of the Willow for the new visitor centre.

    Supplied with Mackintosh’s original plans and photographs of the site, we created a CGI model, showing the building and interiors he and his wife Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh designed. The rooms have been recreated showing the distinctive character and design he is famous for. It’s the finale of the centre before visitors step next door to the faithfully re-created original Willow Tea Room.

    Now open to the public at 217 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow.



  • Scotland From The Sky

    We were commissioned by BBC Scotland to produce the title sequence and 77 individual motion graphics for a new three-part series, Scotland From the Sky. The series charts a century of aerial photography and witnesses the changes in rural and urban landscapes.

    Author and presenter James Crawford guides us through a mix of aviation adventure and historical detective work from long-lost landmarks to shining a light onto early military recognisance as he explores Scotland from the air.

    We used a variety of techniques from re-animating archive stills with 2.5D displacement, augmenting aerial footage with CGI reconstruction and animating maps as historical archive merged into modern views of Scotland

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  • Erskine Hospital at 100

    Leading the way for the development of prosthetic limbs, Erskine Hospital has cared for more than 85,000 ex-service personnel since its opening in 1916. To commemorate its 100 year anniversary, the BBC has created a documentary to tell Erskine’s story through archive footage of staff and patients. ISO were tasked with treating the sequences to give a more ‘filmic’ appearance.

    We created the title card, 13 graphic sequences and 25 rostrums using 3D depth maps, displacement filters and chromatic aberration.

    See the one-hour documentary, Beyond The Battlefield: 100 Years Of Erskine on Thursday 3 November at 21.00, BBC Two Scotland.

    ISODESIGN | Erskine Hospital

  • New Exhibits now on display at NMS

    Ten galleries showcasing some of Scotland’s most acclaimed historical collections is now open to the public at The National Museum of Scotland, brought to life with a little help from ISO.

    The team have created ten films and five interactives offering visitors’ a deeper experience across Arts & Design and Science & Technology exhibits.

    Highlights include the Collection Wall — a 30ft waterfall interactive database of the science and tech archive, Style Me fashion interactive featuring garments on display in the museum, a Formula One racing simulator.

    It’s well worth a visit!

    ISODESIGN NMS Fashion in Motion

  • RTS Awards 2016 Nominations

    Big night planned next month for the Royal Television Society Awards Scotland and in a repeat of last year we’ve picked up 3 nominations across Graphics and Titling and also the Animation categories. I Survived a Zombie Apocalypse goes up against The History of Scottish Art in Graphics whilst the Secret Life of Midges flies the flag for Animation.

    Damien was also chair of the Digital Innovation Jury this year so congratulations to the BBC’s The Social and T in the Park online teams and STV’s News Online for their nominations in that category.

    Here is a picture of Blair teasing a Zombie….

  • Bristol Data Dome goes live!

    Been busy down on the South Coast with a fast turnaround project working on our first planetarium.

    The Bristol Data Dome is the UK’s first 4K stereovision full dome 100 seater presentation theatre. We’ve been commissioned by the UK Government organisation Digital Catapult to develop new visual approaches for presenting data stories within this type of environment.

    Working with our friends at Urban Tide and the guys at NSC Creative at the National Space Centre, we had 6 weeks to process nearly 300 data sets and develop a series of linear video and runtime presentations for the Dome’s launch to showcase its potential to developers, education and industry.

    The first series of demos has now gone live and we’ll be working with the team at Bristol to further develop and promote the Dome’s data potential over the next year.

  • Breaking the internet…

    The studio suddenly started receiving a torrent of likes and comments last week. Appears an infographic we’d posted a couple of years ago on VIMEO was picked up by a couple of online sites and it went, well, viral! 910,000 plays to date with over a quarter of million in just a couple of days.

    Needless to say we never realised the formations of Roman troops could be so popular. The clip comes from one of the installations we did at Vinlandia, The Roman Army Museum by Hadrian’s Wall a few years back with our friends at Studio MB. You can see the clip – and add to the viewing figures here!


  • I Survived a Zombie Apocalypse

    Experience something dangerously different from ISO this Sunday as we’ve been experimenting on zombies. Titles and graphics we created for BBC Three’s
    I Survived a Zombie Apocalypse reality game show can be previewed here.

    ISO worked closely with producers Tiger Aspect to create the dramatic opening titles and all in-programme graphics for the 7-part show. Includes public information films, head up display graphics and our version of ‘Zombie’, how the zombies see their victims via 3D data, created via a hacked Kinect camera to visualise spatial depth and movement.

    Those with a nervous disposition are advised to steer clear of BBC Three this Sunday 15 February when the first episode will air at 10pm.


    I Survived a Zombie Apocalypse titles

    I Survived a Zombie Apocalypse

  • Drinkaware Boundaries Cinema Advert

    ISO’s new Drinkaware cinema advert challenging sexual harassment is now rolling out nationwide. For ‘Boundaries’ we’ve created a dynamic typographic treatment using virtual projection and a full surround sound audio mix. Creative by Mike and Fletch at the Leith, voiceover by Radio One’s Mista Jam and soundscapes from Benji Merrison, mixed at Factory, London.

    The ad is rolling out across cinemas in the UK and is now supported by YouTube and Spotify versions.

  • AV Magazine Feature

    AV Magazine has published an in-depth technical feature on Glasgow’s XX Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony. The article looks at what it took to create the visuals for the 100m wide LED screen at the event.

    It also details the audio and lighting plans for the night, including the installation of 2,200 lighting fixtures without obscuring Europe’s largest ever LED screen.

    Read the full feature online with AV’s digital publication.