SCIENCE HAS AN IMAGE PROBLEM
How do you engage people
with something that’s
too small to see?
SCIENCE – ART – COMMUNICATION
Vivid Biology is a UK design studio that specialises in creating illustration and graphic design for biomedical research
We work with Biotech, Communications, Publishing, Universities and Researchers to create engaging science visuals and sophisticated technical diagrams.
We like a challenge. We believe it’s possible to make great visuals whilst still getting the science right.
THE CASE FOR GREAT VISUALS
Science is often difficult to communicate with words alone. Unfamiliar jargon can alienate people outside your field, but paraphrasing everything via everyday examples can be confusing and imprecise. A diagram gives you a discussion point to find common ground.
Not everyone has an hour to sit down and debate the finer details of a technical process. Time-pressed grant funders and investors appreciate quick summaries and figures that help them understand the important bits quickly.
Everyone can appreciate the aesthetics of a good visual. Whereas unfamiliar words or sludgy prose can be alienating, pictures draw people in and provide a good starting point to ask questions, explain processes and tell stories.
Claudia has been working in Science Illustration since she graduated in 2012. She set up Vivid Biology in 2015 when moving to Bristol from London.
University of the West of England (2018-) MSc Science Communication
Entrepreneurial Spark Bristol (2016) Startup accelerator programme
Royal Drawing School (2014-2015) Drawing intensive (6 month scholarship)
University of Cambridge (2008-2012) MSci Natural Sciences (Systems Biology) BA Natural Sciences (Neuroscience)
We have hosted three PhD students on their three month industrial placements. Their backgrounds varied between Neuroscience, Physics and Synthetic Biology.
We co-create placements with students to find something that is interesting to them and useful to us. Previous students have curated SciArt exhibitions, created award-winning animations, and build graphics toolkits to help researchers make better figures.
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We have hosted four undergraduate summer interns since 2016. Internships have ranged from 2 to 8 weeks in duration and students were all studying biological sciences.
Students were trained in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and WordPress. Internships involved launching Kickstarter campaigns, creating infographics, writing captions for images and creating education resources.
Design training for science students was made possible thanks to internship grants from the University of the West of England and the University of Bristol.
We are interested in hearing from graphic design and biology students. Internships are paid. We advise students to investigate whether their institution awards internship grants for SMEs.
We’re looking at taking on part-time junior staff for one or two days a week in the near future. If you’re a keen science communicator based in London with other time commitments such as studying or caring responsibilities then feel free to get in touch.
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41 Whitcomb Street
London WC2H 7DT