Design and illustration for biomedical sciences

Science. Art. Storytelling.

Making the microscopic visible

Vivid Biology is a UK design studio that specialises in creating illustration and graphic design for biomedical research

Working across the biomedical spectrum

We work with Biotech, Communications, Publishing, Universities and researchers to create engaging science visuals and sophisticated technical diagrams.

Artistic licence NOT artistic laziness

We like a challenge. We believe it’s possible to make great visuals whilst still getting the science right.

The case for great visuals

Why you might need us

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.

Communicating 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.

Who we've worked with

Here are some of the companies, institutes and researchers we've worked with


  • Canopy Biosciences
  • Oxford University Press
  • eLife
  • Oxford Pharmagenesis
  • The Lancet
  • Mendeley
  • Healx
  • Wordbird
  • Hindawi
  • Learning Science
  • Equinox Graphics


  • 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
  • Occidental College
  • Vanderbilt University

Researchers from

  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Oxford
  • Karolinska Institute
  • University of Aalto
  • MIT
  • Wellcome Sanger Institute
  • Kings College London




Creative Illustration

We create distinctive artwork that makes your science stand out

Technical Diagrams

We generate unique technical illustrations that clearly communicate how things work

Product Design

We design artworks, clothing, gifts and homeware


Claudia Stocker


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 and Opportunities

Join us to learn more about the process of creating scientific illustrations.

PhD Industry Placements

We have hosted six 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 built graphics toolkits to help researchers make better figures.

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Student Internships

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 students studying biomedical sciences. Internships are paid. We advise students to investigate whether their institution awards internship grants for SMEs.

Upcoming Vacancies

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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Vivid Biology

First Floor

41 Whitcomb Street

London WC2H 7DT