Dudley Zoological Gardens look after some of the worlds rarest creatures but we decided to go one step further with the Genesplicer interactive we produced for exhibition consultants Leach. Playing the role of a mad scientist, visitors can choose from 11 different animals and splice their genes together to create a new, improved and extremely strange species.
An animated, rotating double-helix adds movement while the creepy, atmospheric soundscape of bubbling concoctions creates a suitable background for the dastardly creations. Camodiles, Giringos, Tiguins and Crocotans can all be concocted in the laboratory and let loose by emailing your creation and sharing it with friends.
Dudley Zoo’s 2015 Easter break saw record attendances, with the attraction topping 20,000 visitors over the seven-day period. Zoo Director, Derek Grove, said “the bumper figures were a result of the opening of a new £250,000 interactive exhibit. The feedback we’ve had on Castle Creatures has been incredible.”
Living with the Ravens
Legend has it that should the ravens ever leave the White Tower it would crumble and a great disaster would befall England…
Now, if you don’t already know, there are seven ravens that currently live at the Tower of London (the required six, plus one spare). The reason we say ‘required’ is because legend states that the Kingdom and the Tower will fall if the six resident ravens ever leave the fortress. To help people learn about the Ravens, Historic Royal Palaces asked the Ducks to tell the Ravens’ story and the accompanying legends for the Tower of London.
When at the Tower, visitors will see the new Ravens enclosure and view interpretation panels created by our friends at Headland Design. You will be invited to download the app; which tells the story of the Tower’s infamous ravens. It has been fantastic to be involved in a project for somewhere steeped in such gory, gruesome history.
Ambitious About Autism is the national charity for children and young people with autism. They provide services at their schools and colleges; and raise awareness and understanding about autism.
We created an animation and documentary for a fundraising event at TalkTalk, to help explain autism itself and the work that the charity does. For the animation by using characters to tell the story, we were able to convey emotion and explain the problems that children and young people with autism can come across in their every day life. With voiceover and on-screen text, we highlighted the key messages that the charity wanted to convey, in how the funding they receive can help make the ordinary possible. For the documentary we spent a day following an Ambitious College student, Conor, in his daily activities at home and at the college.
Training the next generation of engineers
The technical training interactives produced for Untied Utilities were part of their £1.5 million apprenticeship programme to source the next generation of engineers at the newly developed Bolton training centre.
The touchscreen interactive contained videos, schematical animations and scenarios that detailed the complexities of the water treatment processes, giving the trainees first hand experience of problem solving situations that would otherwise require them to be on-site, up and down the country.
A slimmed down, simplified version of the interactive was also developed for intranet, mobile and tablet devices.
TalkTalk asked Fuzzy Duck to help develop a series of employee comms material, to engage with staff about the new ways of working at the company for.
We created an interactive toolkit, gathering all content in one pack, which was underpinned by a core menu, users could navigate to the specific information that colleagues require. The toolkit was created in Microsoft PowerPoint, a programme universal across the business, allowing anyone to view the material regardless of their system limitations. Pages created in the interactive were editable and allowed the key team to make updates and evolve the presentation as the programme developed.
When your target audience are the fans of a particular sport, it gives you the freedom to have a certain shorthand and license to speak in their language and even use in-jokes. The title we came up with for this campaign is just that. The phrase ‘One in – All in’ refers to a fight on the pitch. Rugby League is built from families and close friendships, where each of the players are willing to put their bodies on-the-line for each other.
If one of the players is caught in a scuffle this phrase means ‘we’ve got your back – we’re all in it together.’ This charity aims to use this same mentality throughout the fans and players alike, caring for the grass-roots and heritage of the sport, looking after players once they’ve hung up their boots and also players who get injured playing.
Photolink are a creative content agency based in Manchester, which is one fifth of a group of companies, spread across three countries. The company was being rebranded as ‘Seventy7’ in 2017, and so wanted an animation to use at their launch event to introduce the new brand.
We designed an animation which tied into the new branding, creating icons that reflected the fun but professional attitude that they wanted to portray. Using a fast-paced, fluid style of motion graphics, the frames flow from one to another, using lines to take the viewer on a journey. This was also an opportunity to tell the story of the company and their ethos, to showcase their work and eventually to reveal the brand new logo and name.
So I snapped back, fighting for recovery, It’s never too late for a new trajectory, To a new way of living, a new lease of life; I know it isn’t easy, but I have to try.
Trafford Housing Trust’s ‘CleanStart’ programme’ aims to give ex-convicts, and ex-military a clean start by giving them a job in house removal, landscaping and cleaning within the housing association and beyond. This helps create a sense purpose and hope for these individuals where they might otherwise struggle or worse, re-offend. We made a series of films to celebrate and demonstrate the work that Cleanstart has done since their inception to present day.
The poetic short film ‘Another Chance’ follows the journey of one individual who has hit rock bottom and can’t seem to find a way out. With the help and support of Cleanstart, he is given that final chance, which he is more than ready to fight for.
‘CleanStart Why Not’ brings to life to achievements that Cleanstart has had, in not only helping ex-offenders and military, but how it also has helped and impacted local business who have used the service.