Kinecdysis: an animated typeface

KinecdysisAn artist has created a dynamic typeface that explores the structure and perception of individual letters.

Kinecdysis’, by Sougwen Chung, transforms the alphabet into blue, skeletal characters, which modulate and morph but retain their core shape.

Chung’s font represents ‘the modicum of our memory’ and is inspired by the Greek word ‘ecdysis’, which means ‘to shed’ or ‘to cast off’.

Discover the whole Kinecdysis alphabet here or try typing in the font here. Tell us what you think of this unique typeface.

‘The Illusion of Life': twelve basic principles of animation

The Illusion of lifeA motion artist has transformed Walt Disney Studio’s twelve basic principles of animation into illustrative gifs.

Cento Lodigiani’s video ‘The Illusion of Life’ demonstrates the twelve principles, which include ‘squash and stretch’, ‘anticipation’ and ‘timing’, through the movement of a small white cube.

The principles help animators ensure their creations obey the laws of physics, have volume and weight, and have appeal.

Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas, who began working for Disney in the 1930s, immortalised the principles in the book ‘Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life’.

Watch Lodigiani’s video below or take a look at his gallery of gifs here, and let us know if these could help bring your animations to life.

The Colourful History of Video Games

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic Game Boy, The Drum has unearthed an infographic detailing the colourful history of video games.

The infographic, by, takes a look at legendary games consoles, such as Sega Genesis and Sony Playstation, and reveals the predecessor to nostalgic game Pong.

Other interesting facts, including when video games went colour, are also in the chart.

Take a look at the whole infographic here and tell us if you were a Sonic or Space Invaders fan.

How big is the universe?

How big is the universe?The Royal Observatory Greenwich has released an animated video talking about the real size of the universe.

The animation was created by London animation studio Beakus.

The video talks about how scientists can calculate the actual size of the universe, and the factors that affect it.

The animation breaks down a lot of the science into analogies and principles that are easier to understand.

Take a look at the video below, and let us know if you think more scientific videos should be presented this way.

Evolution of the Bicycle

Danish studio Visual Artwork has demonstrated the evolution of the bicycle in a fun one-minute video.

Evolution of the Bicycle’ uses only a few shapes to seamlessly transition through each era of the early bicycles and the perpetually spinning wheels add a quirky dynamism to the animation.

Famous bicycles such as the Penny Farthing and the ‘Boneshaker’ are depicted in the video, which uses Benny Goodman’s jazz piece ‘Flying Home’ as its soundtrack.

You can watch the animation below or find out more about the history of bicycles here.

Tree trunks turned into quaint ‘buildings’

Boston-based artist Daniel Barreto has combined houses with trees in this series of photo manipulations called ‘Woodhouses’.

Barreto superimposed parts of houses from Boston onto images of tree trunks he had taken in New Hampshire.

These charming ‘Woodhouses’ were also animated so that the lights would flicker on and off just like real homes.

Take a look at more images from this collection here, and tell us if you think you could live inside a tree trunk.

Chipotle tackle industrial food production using animated ad

This excellent advert from Chipotle entitled “The Scarecrow” uses a recipe of celebrity covers of a famous song, stunning long-form animation and a strong environmental message to create an effective and memorable campaign.

This is another grand statement from the restaurant chain Chipotle about the world of industrial food production.

They have also created a free, arcade-style adventure game for the iPhone and iPad to engage with their audience, which you can download here

Chipotle worked with Fiona Apple, CAA Marketing and the Oscar-winning animators at Moonbot Studios to create this lovely and touching advert.

Watch the advert below and tell us what you think.

New Coca-Cola advert combats unhealthy image

Coca-Cola has taken steps to shift their unhealthy public image by using this new advert that promotes movement and healthy living.

Entitled ‘Happiness Is Movement’ the advert follows wooden puppets expressing the freedom and joy they derive from movement.

This animation coupled with its catchy jingle are certainly a light-hearted and effective way to promote a more active lifestyle, however it’s still unclear whether Coca-Cola’s drinks can figure into this healthy living.

Take a look at this fun advert here, and tell us if it inspires you to get moving.

Creative Distraction – Draw a stickman

Episode 1Episode 2GameIf like us, you’re back at work this week, then you may find this a welcome distraction.

This site has two interactive episodes and a game which allow you to express your creativity, even if you are not the most artistic of people.
The idea is simple, you start by drawing a stickman, and it develops from there into your very own animated story.

Why not give it go here.

Snoop Dog features in Christmas Carol

Snoop Christmas CarolSnoop Christmas CarolHere is an alternative Christmas ad from the US for Adidas featuring ‘Ebenezer’ Snoop Dog and David Beckham as the Ghost of Christmas Present.

‘Bahumbizzle: the Cautionary Tale of Ebenezer Snoop’ is an animation rendered by Beavis and Butthead animator JJ Sedelmaier and is a bit long but worth a watch.

Great Animated Gif’s

Animated gifsCreative AnimationAnimated gifsThis work by filmmaker, graffiti artist, and photographer Erdal Inci, who lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey are very hypnotic.

He has been experimenting with cloned motion in video since 2004 and more recently Inci has converted several of these hypnotic videos into animated gifs.

See a more of his great images here.

Dumb way to die

Dumb ways to DieHaving recently featured a flight safety video on our blog we could not resist this public safety information animation for Melbourne Metro.

They wanted to point out some of the mindboggling acts of stupidity on and around their network that could have had fatal consequences. McCann turned to musician Ollie McGill and animator Julian Frost to create this memorable animated short called Dumb Ways To Die.

With 21 million views on YouTube it seems to have been popular.


Cadburys Scream Eggs come to life for Haloween

Cadbury Scream EggHere’s one for Halloween from Canada. Meet the Cadbury Screme Eggs.

From Zombies to vampires these animated ads are great fun.

‘Get them while they last.’

What happens when Dad’s left in charge!

Bird Box StudioThis great little animated short is very funny. It considers what happens when Mum pops off for the ice creams leaving Dad in charge.

All we can say is ‘Ouch’. Enjoy!

Film by Bird Box Studios

Frozen landscape for Moones video

We don’t usually feature music videos on our blog but this one by the Moones for their single Better Energy is great fun.

If you thought that the UK was cold at the moment then this will make you feel warmer with icebergs, electric eels, frozen sailors and more.

Turn up the volume and enjoy.

The surprising dangers of fast food

Yum Yum Happy FoodThis short animated film ‘Happy Food’ by Yum Yum is great fun and anyone who likes ketchup will be able to remember a time when they found themselves in this situation.

Luckily there would probably not have been any giant hot dogs around.

We featured one of their other films, Parallel Parking some time ago.

Plus, if you like the film you can also get the characters.


A wet Scotland and ‘manky wool’

This amusing short animated film about life at Pringle of Scotland was created by artist David Shrigley to celebrate the return of the brand  to Milan Fashion Week in 2010. 

From a wet Scotalnd to ‘manky wool’, it will certainly make you smile.


Jersey, gorillas and cupcakes

This fun ad for Jersey Tourism France  combines video with animation in a real feel good format. A bit surreal at times but that adds to the charm.

It starts with a bored businessman being pulled into a colourful poster at a bus stop and then takes you on a tour around Jersey.

From gorillas to the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland this certainly challenges the standard holiday ad treatment of beaches and sunshine – although the gorilla is seen heading off into the sunset on a golden beach with a surfer girl.

Definitely adds colour to your day – great work. See below or click this link.


An ABC of monsters takes you back in time

Taking you back to those sleepless nights when monsters entered your dreams, ‘ABC Monsters’ by La Pompodour is a great short film that combines animation with sound effects to spine chilling effect.

A great compilation (and not really that frightening). Enjoy a bit of nostalgia.


Lift your spirits with Cumulus and Nimbus

This is a bit of fun – a very endearing short animation that lifts you into the clouds.

Cumulus and Nimbus by We Think Things.


Cummulus & Nimbus from we think things on Vimeo.


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