Sonica is the UK’s biggest sound and interactive art festival. We have extended our studio practices of pre-visualisation and high-end production of immersive installations to create an optical and auditory simulacra with regular collaborators Butler Bros, composer Giles Lamb and Numbercult (Craig Ritchie Allan) in what is our first personal project in 5 years. This new commission of site-specific work in our sub-basement will explore real time graphics, sensing and 3D audio in a journey through a series of volumetric tableaux, with reactive motionography and sound.
Historic Dockyard Chatham’s major expansion by London studio Baynes and Mitchell Architects is one of six projects in the running for this year’s Stirling Prize and Dezeen have featured the nautical museum’s transformation.
‘The discovery in 1995 of the frame of an 18th-century warship called the Namur laid out beneath one of the buildings led to a lengthy excavation process. It was after this that Baynes and Mitchell Architects was brought on board.’
We were the lead AV and interactive designers for Chatham’s Command of the Oceans galleries.
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.’
BBC’s iPlayer has officially been around for a decade. Back in 2007, we were commissioned to develop its interface design and user experience — creating a graphic language for a TV experience on the web. The design treatments developed were integrated into the original launch of the service where a simple, visually-driven interface makes discovery of new programming at its core. Our distinctive visual identity has continued to inform subsequent versions.
After winning the RIBA South East Regional and National Award, Command of the Oceans at The Historic Dockyard Chatham has been shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling prize building of the year. It joins a diverse list of finalists, including the British Museum extension, Hastings Pier, City of Glasgow College, Juergen Teller’s photography studio and Barretts Grove.
Congratulations to architecture firm Baynes and Mitchell and the team whose designs have transformed the 18th-century dockyard in Chatham, Kent. The project tells the story of the most complete dockyard of the age of sail to be fully told for the first time and centres around the Namur, ‘the ship beneath the floor’ uncovered by chance in 1995.
It was a real pleasure to have been a part of the story with our interpretation of Chatham’s great history through multiple AV installations and interactives.
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.
Unite is Unity’s annual developer’s conference held at several global locations including Tokyo, Shanghai, Seoul, Amsterdam and Austin. We were happy to send our designer, Tom to Amsterdam this weekend to get a peek at what Unity will bring in the future.
After a visit to the Heineken Experience Centre and the Van Gogh Museum, Tom eventually made it to the conference and saw demos of new features including: Unity Connect (publish tasks and look for talent to join your team), Unity Collaborate (share and work on the same project easily), Cloud Build (create and share builds of your game), Timeline (new powerful visual multi-track sequencing tool), Cinemachine and Video Renderer (a camera system for AAA games and film pre-visualisation).
One of our very first Channel 4 TV Title commissions was for Mirrorball – rarely seen and hugely influential documentaries made in 1999 by Blackwatch Media with Chris Cunningham, Michel Gondry, Mike Mills & Spike Jonze. These will be screened at this year’s Edinburgh Film Festival.
The Sub Tub set sail last weekend using the Dazzle pattern we designed for Sub Club’s latest identity refresh. Since the early 2000s, the annual boat party on Glasgow’s River Clyde has become a tradition with a belter of a sound system controlled by special guest DJs and residents Harri & Domenic.
We’re collaborating with artist, John Butler to create a virtual reality installation for an exhibition next month at Crate Studio in Margate. The work involves using realtime rendering and is the first in a series of life-size digital tableaux we’re exploring with John and plan to premiere in Glasgow later this year.
Congratulations to the supremely talented Brian McGinlay and Mark Bell at McGinlay Bell, winners of The DRUM’s Scottish Design Award for Best Commercial Project for our new studio in Glasgow’s Merchant City.
McGinlay Bell transformed the dilapidated building (previously used as a hairdressers, a tobacco merchant and one of Glasgow’s earliest print shops) by exposing the masonry shell and re-modelling the internal floor space into a new multi-layered arrangement with fit for purpose workstations, meeting rooms, a flexible screening space, an event and exhibition space. The three story Victorian unit now has a spacious open plan studio for our designers and developers.
The annual Museums + Heritage Awards recognises ground-breaking exhibitions and we’re delighted they’ve awarded the National Museum of Scotland the Permanent Exhibition accolade for their ten new state-of-the-galleries.
We created ten films and five interactives for the award-winning galleries dedicated to art, design, fashion, science and technology, which opened in July 2016.
Three is indeed our lucky number as for the third year in a row, we’ve been shortlisted for the RTS Scotland Awards.
We are thrilled to have been nominated for Mentorn’s New Town & BBC Scotland’s Beyond the Battlefield: 100 years of Erskine in the Graphics and Titling category. As well as our work for Future Cities Catapult’s UK Data Dome which is in the running for the Best Innovation award.
We hope to add to our growing collection of RTS Awards (5 so far) at the big event next month. See the full list of nominees here.
This year’s VisitEngland Awards for Excellence shortlist include two museums we’ve worked on. The Crystal is a finalist for the Business Tourism Provider of the Year Award and The Roman Baths & Pump Room is a contender for Large Visitor Attraction of the Year. Both museums are well-deserving of the awards and you can see the work we created for them on our projects page.