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)
The New York-based Type Directors Club have an excellent series of videos showcasing Type Legends – featuring the work of design luminaries such as Gerard Unger, Paula Scher, Louise Fili and Mathew Carter.
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:
I’m a big fan of the work of illustrator Christoph Niemann. I first encountered his work when I downloaded his Petting Zoo iPad app for my son. He has a playful sense of humour and wonderful way of viewing the world. He also talks about his creative process extremely well. I’d encourage everyone to watch his episode of the fantastic Netflix series Abstract if they can. Below is a 20 minute presentation Niemann gave for Adobe’s 99u Conference on How to Overcome the 3 Fears Every Creative Faces.
A beautiful piece of motion graphics by Thibault de Fournas that shows the evolution of typography from paper to screen.