Visualising Human Biology
Random42 reveals their incredible work in the field of medical animation
What’s the meaning of life, the universe and everything? according to Deep Thought, a supercomputer from Douglas adams’ novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the answer is 42 and to Random42 founder Hugo Paice, this number seemed an ideal basis for the name of a company that works to elucidate some of the mysteries of life.
in 1992, Paice, a sculptor with a master’s degree in computer visualisation, became intrigued by the prospect of using computergenerated art to simulate organic processes and created Random42 to showcase this. The word ‘random’ alludes to an interest in chaos theory that he had at the time.
The purpose of the organisation evolved into creating animations depicting microbiological mechanisms, mainly for global pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies that want educational material to explain how diseases and drugs work. Production director leo Chilcott describes the organisation as “a fusion of art and science [formed] to meet an emerging demand to explain science in a much more visual way”.
Today, Random42 is a 60-strong company consisting of teams of Cg artists and PHD
3D fat cells created by artists and scientists at Random42