We’ve been intrigued by science and technology most of our lives. For over two decades we’ve been creating award-winning memorable content for biotechs, biomeds, pharma, investors, universities, institutions, publishers and film/television/new media outlets.
WHAT KEEPS US UP AT NIGHT
The realization that we get to visualize some of the most ground- breaking scientific, medical, and technical inventions and discoveries the world has seen. It’s heady stuff. And we take that very seriously.
WE’LL GO DOWN THAT RABBIT HOLE
as far as you want to go. We’re prepared to learn as much of the underlying science or tech as we can, and brainstorm with you on possible ideas, in order to meet the needs of your audience.
Biotech instrumentation design & production, film producers, directors, camera operators, writers, musicians, engineers, dancers, inventors, programmers, animators and modelers. So far, nothing we’ve learned seems to have been a waste, all of it feeds into what we do now.
AD HOC COLLECTIVES
We form teams of writers, producers, designers, animators, and programmers for each project. It keeps costs down and keeps everyone on their toes. Many of these people have worked with us for years. You’re only as good as your last project.
So, why do we like this kind of work? Because we get to walk out to the bleeding edge of what’s known, and then figure out how to visualize that for others.
What a cool job. Not a job. Something more.
Learning how things work is humanity’s passion. The act of creating these animations reminds us that we all live in a universe chock full of infinite complexity. As previously accepted scientific ideas are discarded, refined or changed, informing stakeholders becomes even more important. When totally new fields and ideas emerge, providing explanations that help people make sense of them is crucial. There is no acceptance without buy-in.
While we’re really proud of the projects we’ve done for groups like Nature Reviews Journals in London, the Riken Center for Developmental Biology in Japan, and the Allen Institute for Brain Research in Seattle, as well as many biotechs, pharma companies, and universities, we can’t sit still – the next big discovery or invention is just around the corner, and we’re itching to help visualize it. Judging by the progress we’ve seen over the past 25 years, it’s practically guaranteed that fascinating, life-saving research will emerge…
…and will need to be understood. We want to be there, in the thick of it.
Beth Anderson – CEO, Science Liaison
Beth fuses two of her passions – science and art, through her work at Arkitek Scientific. Raised in a family steeped in the life sciences, she initially opted to follow the art path.
Classically trained in piano and ballet, she left for Stuttgart at 16 on a dance scholarship, and danced professionally in NYC, Denver, Chicago, and Mexico City for the next 8 years.
Afterwards Anderson spent twelve years as a working musician in a number of bands, traveling often between LA and Pacific NW, as well as performing in Thailand.
Before founding Arkitek Scientific, she spent three years at Large Scale Biology Corporation where she helped to design and construct 2D electrophoresis equipment, as well as a high volume centrifuge-based oligonucleotide synthesizer, PCOS.
In 1997 she and Doug Huff decided to start (then) Arkitek Studios, a visual communications design group specializing in content for the science, technology and education communities.
In late 2002 she filed a US patent jointly with Dr. Norman Anderson and Doug Huff (U.S. Patent 6,702,229,B2 – Method, Apparatus and Article to Display Flight Information) for a novel navigation instrumentation design that utilizes airspeed and directional indicator information to help pilots synthesize position in extreme weather conditions.
Doug Huff – Creative Director
As the Creative Director at Arkitek Scientific, Doug is always seeking out brave new ways to tell stories and convey information visually.
Huff attended Spokane Falls College and received a degree in Television Production, specializing in complicated special effects projects using state-of-the-art tools and techniques. Prior to joining Arkitek Scientific, he was involved in the motion picture and video industry for twenty years, serving as director, producer and lead animator on multiple national projects.
At Pinnacle Productions in Seattle, he pioneered the idea of integrating robotically-controlled camera work with computer-generated imagery.
He built systems that utilized plotting-software xyz (3D graph), and combined camera pan/tilt movements with synthetically produced scenes to generate compelling special effects.
He joined Raster Ranch Ltd. in 1995 as Lead Animator, producing CG imagery for Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, King TV, Disney Epcot Center, and Bill Nye the Science Guy.
He became the Creative Director for Arkitek Scientific in 1998, producing spots for XBox, the Discovery Kid’s channel, AT&T’s flagship visitor’s center, Intel, Hewlett Packard, as well as several critically-acclaimed animations for the Riken Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, Japan and Nature Reviews Group in the UK. He is also an accomplished guitarist, and has composed, performed and engineered many of the audio pieces Arkitek Scientific has produced during the past twenty five years
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