Animating a legend

“She waited for the last spirit to return to her
empty grave. When she saw the ghost approach
she stood upon the tomb with staff in hand and declared,
‘I cannot let you pass!'”

Okay, you had us at empty grave. This is a brief passage from the legend of how Brahan Seer gained the gift of second site. Registered charity, High Life Highland asked us to animate this and several other tales from a suite of legends for their Inverness Castle tour. Each legend depicts visions Brahan had seen coming, and eventually his death, which we’re pretty sure he did not see.

And just in case there was any doubt we had loads of fun, developing a water colour style of illustration. These visualise the epic landscape of the Scottish Highlands in the 18th Century, with framing options and points of view to dramatically (but not too scarily) tell these tales to a broad audience.

For further detail, sketches and preview animations click here.

Branding a United Utilities building space is a specific design challenge – to inspire the people who work there and feel good about their place in this crucial industry.

The previous space was a stark white blank canvas to build a brand upon, making the most of the high-rising wall areas whilst keeping consistency across multiple floors.

As the office is home to the engineering teams, we wanted to reflect the valuable expertise and innovation that the department provides to the company, and its legacy – through the pioneering engineering achievements that United Utilities has made over the last 100 years.

Having access to United Utilities’ fantastic archive of photography, including imagery of sites dating back to the early 20th century, that are still in operation today. An amazing insight into the evolution of technology (and health and safety), as we searched collections photos and films over the past 100 years.

The result has helped to give the team working in the building a sense of pride in a place that showcases not only the company’s legacy, but its exciting future.

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