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    Robert Duncan @ Pictoplasma

    ISO designer Robert Duncan ventured off to Berlin in May to attend the Pictoplasma conference and festival. The event is a hub for those looking to immerse themselves in contemporary character design and art.

    Robert had kept the festival on his radar for a long time and this year decided to take the plunge and submit his work. The artists at the events were hugely inspiring and the level of talent and success they exuded on stage was something he’s keen to emulate.

    The GIF attached is Robert’s submission – Amaxius, 5th Level Wizard!

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    Beckett by The Secret Experiment

    ISO associate Simon Meek released his latest interactive through his boutique studio The Secret Experiment.

    Beckett is a unique narrative experience, leaving you with questions on what it means to exist, which will resonate with you long after finishing the game. Simon and Gordon Bell created many of the assets and graphics by hand and produced all the audio and SFX.

    Check out or buy Beckett here.

    Visit The Secret Experiment

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    KTP Partnership Programme

    ISO have been awarded a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with the School of Immersion at The University of the West of Scotland (UWS). KTP is a highly competitive UK-wide funded program designed to develop strategic links between industry and academia where University research staff are applied to live projects.

    The award will fund a new KTP associate for 2-years where they will join ISO’s emerging R&D department.

    Big thanks go to KTP West and Professor Nick Higgins for helping us steer the application home – the highest scored UK submission!


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    Will Anderson gets BAFTA nomination

    Congratulations to frequent ISO collaborator and illustrator Will Anderson on scooping a BAFTA nomination for his animated short film Have Heart. The film is about an animated gif, trapped in a loop on the internet and what it feels like to be alive online through his character.

    The film evolved during the daily commute between Edinburgh and ISO’s studio in Glasgow.

    This is Will’s second BAFTA nomination having won his first in 2013 for The Making of Longbird.

    Keeping our fingers crossed for a win!

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    ISO @ Global Game Jam 2018

    ISO was a hub for this year’s Global Game Jam. The worldwide three-day event was open to all who wanted to challenge themselves and develop an interactive game within 48 hours with only a theme to work on. This year’s theme was ‘Transmission’.

    Our team of 8, formed of ISO staff, colleagues and friends, quickly set to work creating a message collecting game, titled ‘RE-EARTH’, which was a fun, short narrative experience.

    More information on the Global Game Jam can be found here:-

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    The Willow Tea Rooms

    ISO are creating the centrepiece filmic reconstruction of the iconic Willow Tea Rooms in Central Glasgow. Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh the building and interiors will be refurbished to it’s original intended layout, look and feel.

    To present their original vision, we are creating a CGI visualisation combining original drawings, archive images with 3D models from the renovation architects Simpson and Brown.

    The building, which first opened in 1903 will re-open to the public as functioning tea rooms in the summer of 2018.

    The project was made possible by the Willow Tea Rooms Trust.

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    V&A Design Gallery in Shenzhen

    The first V&A museum outside of London opens this week in the city of Shenzhen, China. The galleries present a history of design production to a new Chinese audience and is the first collaboration of its kind between the V&A and a Chinese partner.

    ISO were invited to create a digital experience that was the finale of the visit; visitors are invited to interact via their mobile phones or interactive tablets with a large video display that captures their psychological profiles by asking them to select design objects from the collection. They can then send their own personal design statements to be added to a permanent collection of user generated slogans. The exhibit explores the Chinese audience’s use of the worlds most popular app We Chat and QR codes to allow for the sharing of data and connection in real time.

    Have a read of It’s Nice That’s feature on the museum


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    Narrative Systems – GSA Interaction Design

    Just finished working with GSA’s Interaction Design 3rd years on their new ‘Narrative Systems’ project with The Glasgow Vehicle Trust.  The students were tasked with creating a series of site-specific installations for the public at the Trusts depot in East Glasgow with the aim of attracting a new, younger audience to the Museum. Led by Ex ISO colleague and course head,  Paul Maguire and artist/designer Jen Sykes we worked with the students to develop their interactives.

    The final work ranged from 3D audio pieces that tracked visitors in real-time, film installations, generative graphic works and video-augmented sculptures.  Students Steve Curtis and Hana Seo created the installation featured here, ‘Patterns’ which allowed visitors to explore a huge database of graphic patterns and then video-map back to an array of seats in real time.

    Learn more about the GSA Interaction Design Department.

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    The Library of Light by Jo Joelson

    We welcomed artist and author Jo Joelson to the studio as part of her research for her latest book, Library of Light, which reflects on the use of light in creative practices and the role that light plays in culture and more widely in society.

    Jo interviewed Damien and Clyde and has included ISO’s site-specific immersive VR project, Siren Servers as one of the featured works in the book, which will sit alongside works by artists including Yoko Ono, Anthony McCall, Gustav Metzger, Bill Drummond, Haroon Mirza and Jason Bruges.

    The book will be published by Lund Humphries in October 2018.

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    V&A Dundee Filming

    Scottish Jewellery designer Lynne MacLachlan joined us in the studio for one of the films we are creating of her work for the new V&A Dundee galleries. Lynne took us through her whole creative process – from generating her beautiful designs in CAD software Rhino, 3D printing, hand dipping and assembly.

    The final film will become one of the key assets in a large interactive table we are designing that explores the design process and production across a range of Scottish design objects.

    See more of Lynne’s work.



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    Sonica Siren Servers

    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.

    Find out more.

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    Chatham Feature in Dezeen

    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.

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    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.’

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    BBC iPlayer Turns Ten

    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.

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    Chatham Achieves Stirling Prize Shortlist

    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.