Visu­al­is­ing Hu­man Bi­ol­ogy

Ran­dom42 re­veals their in­cred­i­ble work in the field of med­i­cal an­i­ma­tion

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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

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