Studio is our journal. Here you’ll find creative play, stories from the team and notes from the field.
Dan and Clayton travelled up to Manchester for Motion North’s latest showcase last week.
Talking alongside Blue Zoo at a packed-out Band on the Wall, they chatted about the behind-the-scenes of our studio and our processes. Thanks to everyone that came down and engaged with our projects and the conversation around our experiments with AI. We’ll be sharing more about this topic very soon, keep your eyes peeled!
Last week, our team headed out to this year’s London Design Festival. We visited fellow motion design studio XK at Netil House, and caught some impressive exhibitions over the weekend. Standouts include Craft Council’s exposition of the history of cotton, and the Travel Things Museum’s interactive installation comparing everyday objects from around the world.
Our team keeps growing, with two new design interns joining us this month. Nicole joins us as a recent graduate from London Met Uni, and Corentin is joining us from Paris, having graduated from Strate this year. They’re both already creating brilliant work getting stuck into our ongoing projects.
Welcoming our latest Creative Lead, Jack Seymour, to the Found team. Jack brings a wealth of experience in CGI and motion design, having worked for clients such as Adobe, Harrods, Prada and Channel 4. We’re delighted to have him on board and taking the lead on a range of new exciting projects.
We recently undertook Great Place to Work’s detailed company-wide survey, seeing it as an opportunity for us to learn and take on feedback. We’re very happy to say we not only passed but hugely exceeded the industry average in the areas we value most – integrity, engagement and innovation. We couldn’t be prouder of the feedback we’ve got from this and see it as a great demonstration of the investment we’ve put into our team over the past two years.
Further research for our ongoing project with FranklinTill. Clayton and Ryan headed to their Our Time on Earth symposium at Barbican Centre yesterday, finding invaluable insights into the worlds of materials, technologies and circularity. Keep your eyes peeled for our future collaborations.
We’re very excited to announce that we’ll be presenting at OFFF Festival Barcelona next March. We had a great time at this year’s event and are delighted to be returning as speakers in 2023. Dan and Clayton will be joining some incredible guests on stage including Universal Everything, Rizon Parein, Mr Bingo, Brian Collins and many more to be announced. Stay tuned for more info.
Meet our new team members, Andrea and Jade! Andrea is the latest 3D Designer to join us, having recently moved over from Kutuko in Madrid. Jade, our first Office Manager, joins us with a background in project management and administration roles across the creative industries. They join us at an exciting time for the studio, looking ahead to a new office and some brilliant client projects over the next few months.
Clarity and haze, some recent macro R&D around organic forms for an exciting client project we’ve been working on.
We’re proud to be a carbon-neutral studio, having partnered with Ecologi since 2021. In the past year we’ve helped to plant 2,213 trees and counting, reducing our carbon footprint in an effort to preserve our climate. Our work is often informed by the movements and textures of the natural world and to mark this Earth Day, our Senior Designer Will has been experimenting with Haeckel-inspired forms.
Making metasystems tangible. An R&D set exploring the concept of hidden networks. Activated through proximity, mechanisms below the surface respond to external shape and colour, creating paired, interlocking forms.
As part of our ongoing student outreach, Clayton and Felix will be chatting to London Metropolitan University’s Visual Communications students this Friday. They’ll be introducing the studio and our work, as well as discussing the importance of collaboration in multi-disciplinary fields.
Supported by Creative Lives in Progress, our design team recently met with 15 entry-level designers from around Europe to review their impressive range of portfolios from the worlds of CG, animation and illustration. Offering advice on portfolio formats, presentation skills and career paths, we provided feedback to this talented group of designers and artists, helping us kick off our studio mentoring scheme in style.
We’ll be expanding this scheme with our wider team this year, offering workshops across Production, Marketing and more in an attempt to demystify the CG industry. Keep your eyes peeled for future updates.
At OFFF Seville 2021, on the back of our Main Stage talk and CGI workshop, we chatted with Spanish newspaper, El País. The team visited us at our studio in Farringdon at the start of this year and we’re excited to finally share the profile featuring team members Clayton and Ryan – check it out here.
Photos by Pedro Alvarez.
We’re excited to be offering 15 entry-level designers 1:1 portfolios reviews. Supported by Creative Lives in Progress, five of our core design team and our Creative Director will be offering an introduction to CG and an insight into what makes a stand-out portfolio. Find out more and apply here.
We’re delighted to announce that La Manufacture will be representing us in France. We join a talented roster of 3D artists working across both film and print.
This Friday, our Designer Jay is heading back to his alma mater, Nottingham Trent, to speak with the Graphic Design students. Along with sharing his path from graphics to 3D design, he’ll speak about Found’s approach to briefs through the lens of our latest Google Pixel project. Post-talk, he’ll be reviewing and feeding back on a task that he set the students around redesigning a series title sequence.
Our Creative Lead, Ryan, has been testing the effects of magnetism on physical objects and tethered camera dynamics.
After two years of virtual and in-person collaborations, the team at Forward Festival asked us to round off 2021 with a playlist for their Press Forward series, which our team had fun diving into. Taking you through funky house to hypnotic trip-hop and a huge electronic collection, this is a good one to pop on in the background – check it out.
We’ve hit 10k followers on Instagram! Thanks for the support – it’s been our most exciting year to date, with even bigger and better projects on the way. If you don’t already, follow us on Instagram and stay tuned with what’s to come.
Last week, our Creative Director Clayton Welham and Creative Lead Dan Kennington spoke to the students at Sheffield Hallam University about their journey from studying graphic design, to working at Found with some of the world’s biggest brands. It was a delight to hear from up & coming talent, and answer some of their insightful questions about the future of the industry.
Last week, the team set off to Hertfordshire for our mid-year away day. Alongside a well-deserved celebration of the year so far, the activities involved pottery, pigs and pints, all in the idyllic setting of Birch in Cheshunt.
Our workshop at OFFF Sevilla last month honed in on how to use photographic exploration as part of the creative process. These stunning photos are some of the results from our participants – using macro lenses to explore the finer details of textures and light.
Two new members have recently joined the Found team. Meet Kieran Gee-Finch, our new Senior Designer, and Karolis Arbaciauskas, our latest Design Intern. Kieran joins us from INK, with a background in Houdini-led motion design. Karolis joins us with experience at both Blue-Zoo and Harvard University.
We couldn’t be happier to have them both on board for our next series of exciting projects – stay tuned!
Designed to evolve, our brand is open for the team to explore and develop. In this latest iteration, the Found logo sits in a world of translucent materials, shadows, and grounding stone surfaces.
Meet Rain and Drew!
Rain Osgood is the latest Producer to join the Found team, with a stellar background in immersive storytelling and experience with luxury brands. She’ll be leading the production process alongside Felix and Sophia. Drew Thompson is our new in-house Finance Manager, joining us from Nucco Brain, and taking over the reins from Emma, who is moving over to join our friends at Output. We’re excited to have both of them on board!
We’re excited to announce our partnership with Creative Lives In Progress, who provide invaluable free educational resources for entry-level creatives. We’ll be providing mentoring to up & coming designers in the CG and 3D industry, and are preparing talks and workshops for the near future – stay tuned!
When motion design becomes reality, and vice versa… Our Creative Director Clayton has been behind the camera to capture lenses and light behaviour as part of our continued R&D practice. Hear more about these studio processes at OFFF Sevilla this October.
Our first intern has joined the team. Meet Kiril Trashliev, a recent graduate from Ravensbourne University with a killer background in CG animation and product design. Keep your eyes peeled for more of his work with Found in the future.
Last week, the team met up in sunny Brighton for our first full-staff social since 2020! A scenic walk across the South Downs made room for a delicious pub lunch, followed by a few celebratory drinks to watch the football with.
This week, we’re delighted to welcome Dan Kennington, our new Creative Lead, to the Found team. Keep your eyes peeled for more of Dan’s work with us in the near future.
A pop of colour on a cloudy day. An experiment in layering materials and motion, by our Creative Lead, Ryan.
Our Creative Director, Clayton, will be joining Creativepool as a guest judge for the 2021 Awards in the Animation category.
Floating away with this dreamy fabric exploration by our designer Jay.
Incoming! Fresh merch landed this week, featuring our brand new logo, and is currently en route to the Found team and friends.
Linear component and airflow product research. Air in zero gravity.
We’re delighted to announce that we are now a climate positive studio. We’ve signed up to Ecologi, which means we’ll be offsetting carbon emissions from our energy usage and funding planet-saving projects, like tree planting in Madagascar.
Melting glass to investigate caustics, refraction and close-up material tests for Forward Festival.
It was a real pleasure to contribute to our favourite sound studio Echoic’s idents project. Check out the whole collection here.
This month we welcomed Ellie Koepke to the Found Marketing team. A killer blend of strategic and creative, we can’t wait to see her work in action.
Exploring formations and natural refractions through layered ice structures.
Visualising the mix of our real and virtual experiences. Crossing the threshold.
This month we welcomed Jay Culley to the Found design team. Jay joins us from Stink Studios, bringing a keen eye for detail, texture and abstract forms.
Research into audio movement, frequency filtration, noise cancelling technology and creation of unique sound signatures.
We are pleased to announce that B&A is now representing us for the UK along with the US. We’re excited to be growing our partnership with these standout reps.
Experimenting with in-camera optics and CG effect combinations.
A series of experiments fusing the translucency of glass with mineral forms.
Graphic engineered forms and precious material beauty set from Ryan.
Visualising the relationship between musician and instrument. Inner mechanisms, response and energy conservation.
Ongoing exercises in audio form, flow and surface relationships.
Colour, crystals, caustics – further play from Olly, following a R&D sprint for a recent beauty project.
It’s been a pleasure donating work to the NYC SALT holiday print sale this year, alongside so many of B&A’s talented artists. 100% of the proceeds go to benefit NYC SALT’s programming and mission to ensure that young artists of colour have the necessary opportunities and platforms to share their voice.
Experimenting with luxurious flowing fabrics and resin optics – another beauty R&D set from Will.
This year we made a call to donate our Christmas client spend to The Felix Project, an organisation committed to getting nutritious food to London’s most vulnerable people.
Networking laboratory vessels, scientific flow systems and optical glass.