On 31 March, 2017, Gilbert Baker the creator of the iconic Rainbow Flag sadly passed away. Mr. Baker was both an LGBTQ activist and artist, and was known for helping friends create banners for protests and marches. To honor the memory of Gilbert Baker, NewFest and NYC Pride partnered with Fontself to create a free font inspired by the design language of the iconic Rainbow Flag, the font was named ‘Gilbert’ after Mr. Baker. A preview version of the font can be downloaded for free from: typewithpride.com
Irish artist Paraic Mc Gloughlin used thousands of Google Earth images to create this mesmerising video. There’s a nice interview with Paraic about his inspiration and process here: https://directorsnotes.com/2018/04/04/paraic-mcgloughlin-arena/
“This short animation transports us from the farthest conceivable point of the universe to the tiniest particle of existence, an atom of a living human cell. The art of animation and animation camera achieve this exhilarating journey with a freshness and clarity. Without words.”
I discovered this incredible animation around the same time as I the equally impressive Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames. Both pieces were inspired by Cosmic View: The Universe in 40 Jumps an essay by Dutch educator Kees Boeke.
I frequently come back to this groundbreaking video by Charles and Ray Eames as it’s such a great example of how to consider changes in scale and different perspectives.
Powers of Ten takes us on an adventure in magnitudes. Starting at a picnic by the lakeside in Chicago, this famous film transports us to the outer edges of the universe. Every ten seconds we view the starting point from ten times farther out until our own galaxy is visible only a s a speck of light among many others. Returning to Earth with breathtaking speed, we move inward- into the hand of the sleeping picnicker- with ten times more magnification every ten seconds. Our journey ends inside a proton of a carbon atom within a DNA molecule in a white blood cell. POWERS OF TEN © 1977 EAMES OFFICE LLC (Available at www.eamesoffice.com)
A new film by Daniel Savage commissioned by Al Jazeera on the philosopher Marshall McLuhan.
Brooklyn-based motion graphic studio CHIPS produced this lovely series of intro animations for the Amazon Prime comedy Mozart in the Jungle. The bold geometric imagery is inspired by classic album artwork from the 1950s and 1960s (more info on the project here). Teddy Banks, the founder of CHIPS, was interviewed recently about his film title work on Michael Bierut + Jessica Helfand’s The Design of Business, The Business of Design podcast which you can listen to here.
HunterGatherer is a New York-based design studio founded by Todd St. John. They specialise in telling stories through illustration and animation and their work often involves model making. Here’s a few of my favourite pieces (but you can watch loads more here: http://huntergatherer.net/work/video/
What else can I say, but I am a huge fan of the work of Studio Monkier. They are an interactive design studio based in Amsterdam who research the “social effects of technology”. I like pretty much all of their work and fully endorse their Thursday Workshops idea as I believe we should all play more often – I’ll let them explain in their own words:
“Every other Thursday we take our time to develop ideas and experiment with different media, materials and technologies. We play with instructions, taking turns, participation and interaction. The results of the Thursday Afternoons Workshops are actively published on thursdays.studiomoniker.com“
A personal favourite Monkier project is Your Line Or Mine – a crowdsourced, instruction-based, collaborative animation. The project is explained beautiful in this film:
“Discovering the magic ingredients of the art movement”
Art’bracadabra is a absolutely stunning series of animations by French artist / designer Raphaël Garnier
produced for the Pompidou Centre’s web TV channel. The short animations share some of the fundamental elements of visual art starting with the dot and looking at line, form, material, tools, colours and so on. I’d highly recommend watching all 10 episodes on Raphaël’s Vimeo channel.