Biology is fascinating—cytoplasm, lymphocytes, etc.—but London designer Markos Kay makes it truly beautiful. He specializes in fusing science and visual art, creating motion graphics that reveal the incredible worlds of microscopic elements.
It’s exciting when art and science meet, but rarely do we get to see microscopic worlds rendered in such explosive and immersive ways. In his motion graphics, Kay explores biological worlds, bringing them to life through detail, texture, color, and movement that put your boring textbook drawings to shame.
And although the most simple cell is a fascinating piece of architecture, perhaps the most interesting thing about Kay’s work is that he visualizes more unusual and highly complex actions (cytoskeletal sieving anyone?). Even the descriptions of each piece are impressive, but just wait til you click play.
In the incredibly dense yet invisible world of the cytoplasm in biological cells, complex interactions can be thought of as a playful dance between macromolecules, minerals, ions and proteins. These cytoplasmic playgrounds are reimagined using dynamic particle systems that play out and evolve differently each time, mimicking stochastic processes in nature. This video shows recorded snapshots taken from these computational outbursts.
Conceptual visualizations based on Eric Betzig’s Nobel-winning work for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy. This tomographic technique uses light-sheets to provide a highly detailed, three-dimensional, animated view of the microscopic world, revealing a groundbreaking picture of complex cellular processes and forms.
The Powers of Ten: Lymphocyte
Celebrating the landmark 1977 Eames film, Powers of Ten™, The Powers Project invited 40 innovative artists from around the world to produce original segments for each power of ten using a variety of digital and film techniques. In this segment, we see 10 to the power of minus 5. We travel through a capillary into a world of red and white blood cells, to find a lone lymphocyte whose membrane we penetrate to finally reach its porous nucleus.
Want more? Check out 6 cutting-edge motion graphic examples from Column Five.