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Welcome! We are Toad’s Caravan, an animation and design studio based in Glasgow, Scotland.

 

We opened our doors to freelance creative workers in 2010, building a community and a base for a bit of magic-making in our studio. To this day, we’ve been creating animated content, producing films, directing, prop making, music making and a whole lot more in-between.

 

We believe in the power of colours and moving pictures to express what you want to tell the world about what you do. Design, movement and visuals are what we do best.

 

Your briefs are wild and wonderful. We love learning from our clients, creating new experiences and opportunities together as we go.

 

Fancy talking about your project or idea? We would love to hear from you.

Our Story

2010.

A Big Jump //

Joanna took a leap of faith and left her job opening Toad's Caravan as a shared working space for creatives in Glasgow in Ruthven Lane in the west end of the city.

2010-2015.

Friends and Business //

For 5 years we worked out of our Ruthven Lane studio where we were home to over 50 creative freelancers and provided content and consultation to over 150 clients. We worked together and apart, with TC operating as an agent for freelance creatives.

2015.

The End of An Era //

Long story short: Mr Toad and his pals couldn’t get fast enough internet down the lane to send all of our large graphics and video files so we had to jump ship!

2016.

Less is More //

Joanna teamed up with friend and designer Scott Jarvie. They worked out of an office by the park, clicking and plotting away quietly for around a year... A vast change of pace to the previous 5 years, but much time to get lots of animation and thinking done!

2016-2017.

New Friends //

Joanna met Ben and together they took on a railway arch on Eastvale Place, creating a home for themselves and Make Shorty (Alistair Devine and Stu Gray). They worked way quietly under the trains for 2 whole years. Great fun, but very, very cold…despite our log burner.

2018.

Let's Move South //

Feb: Joanna teams up with Ben and they take out a lease on a shop on Pollokshaws Road with a basement level for carpentry, workshops and training. April: Refurb complete thanks to the mad skills of Ben and Craig!! May: Members are working in the space. October: Toad is settling in great and we are starting to work on new projects and make lots of new friends in this part of town!

2020.

The World Goes Mad //

April: Coronavirus hits and we can't work under the same roof anymore! We get super productive WFH, hibernate and start plotting for newer, bigger, better, cleaner and more spacious spaces to work from next year. Meanwhile Joanna & Ben are building a house in Glasgow (bantaskinstreetbarn.com) and Jo continues to work on animation projects from home.