Science for Health
PhotoGraphics is fully equipped and staffed by design and visual specialists who provide a professional graphic, design and imaging service to staff and students at the Institute and the MRC more generally. Offering a wide range of skills and facilities for the presentation of science through publication, digital presentation and posters our fully trained professional designers and illustrators produce custom made scientific visuals that effectively communicates the Institutes research.
Services include illustration, graphics, large format poster design, audio-visual production and presentation, interactive animation, time-lapse photography and film-making as well as location and studio photography. We also provide a binding and high quality copying service. In addition the section also designs and publishes the Institute Annual Report, Mill Hill Essays and other publication material.
The section is fully equipped with the latest computers, cameras, printers and associated software enabling us to produce and utilize the main industry standard file formats. Working on both MacIntosh and PC systems our main graphic applications are Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign with Flash, Premier and various 3D programmes used for animation and film-making.
We offer in-house training on graphic applications with frequent half and one day training courses aimed at scientific presentation. A one-day hands-on training course on Adobe Photoshop provides a comprehensive overview of best practice skills that can be used for the approach and preparation of scientific visuals. At the end of the course participants can create and prepare annotated images, figures and composites at the correct size, colour mode and be able to present the final image in the most appropriate file formats for publication and presentation. The Powerpoint course aims to inform how to produce the most efficient and effective presentations as well as instructing on in-built functions to animate presentations and include various formats of moving images.
The section has a readily available database containing drawings, animations and large format posters that have been produced in-house allowing researchers to re-use, create and build upon existing visuals. The photographic archive is regularly sourced by outside researchers and provides images for publication of historical documents, figures and events, spanning the early years of the Institute to the present day.
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The Ridgeway, Mill Hill, London NW7 1AA