We created this animation to answer the most common questions that students have for us at careers fairs. Claudia has been attending the University of Cambridge’s careers fair since 2015 to answer students’ questions about freelancing, creative careers, and science illustration specifically. Due to COVID-19, we’re not able to attend the 2021 fair in person, […]Read more
Some of the services we offer
List of portfolio galleries
Who we work with
Oxford University Press
The Gurdon Institute
The Cambridge Stem Cell Institute
The Francis Crick Institute
The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics
Bristol BioDesign Institute
Bristol Population Health Science Institute
University of Cambridge
University of Bristol
University of Oxford
University of Aalto
Wellcome Sanger Institute
Kings College London
thoughts and news
This post is based on a talk I gave at Imperial College London in 2013 for Artifact, a society run jointly with the Royal College of Art. What is science illustration? I frequently get asked the question 'so you're a science illustrator, what do you do?'. Most people think of science illustration as designing illustrations […]Read more
Science illustration can pose a challenge with its conflicting demands. On the one hand, illustration is about creating something visually memorable, which is easiest achieved by making it look different to what everyone else has done before. On the other hand, science is pretty specific about what is and is not accepted as true. Unless […]Read more
ABOUT VIVID BIOLOGY
SCIENCE - ART - COMMUNICATION
WHO WE ARE
Vivid Biology is a UK design studio that specialises in creating illustration and graphic design for biomedical research.
WHAT WE DO
We work with Biotech, Communcations, Publishing, Universities and Researchers to create engaging science visuals and sophisticated technical diagrams.
WHY WE DO IT
We like a challenge. We believe it’s possible to make great visuals whilst still getting the science right.
WHY YOU MIGHT NEED US
THE CASE FOR GREAT VISUALS
COMMUNICATING WITH OTHER SCIENTISTS
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.
COMMUNICATING WITH NON-SCIENTISTS
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.
CONNECTING WITH NEW AUDIENCES
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)
Careers & Opportunities
PhD Industry placements
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.