I have a Chrome extension that loads Dribbble posts on a grid on every new tab I open, it's a great way to take a break from whatever I am doing and find some inspiration, or make the experience of opening a new tab more exciting than just a blank page. The best thing about that though is that I get to discover some incredible work from UI to motion and the work of James Curran is on top of my list of favorites. James Curran is an animaiton director that likes to make gifs and he does that incredibly well. The animations are full of character, super smooth and the most amazing thing for me is that he creates these perfect loops that almost melt my brain. I selected some for this post for you to check it out. For more information about James, make sure you check out his website at http://www.slimjimstudios.com/
The importance of personal projects can never be overstated. I started ABDZ almost 10 years ago and I have learned so much since then. The project that Mark Pearson shared on his Behance page is a good example of exercising skills to improve and learn more about our craft. He played with dots and clever motion design to create super cool animations. I am sure those will be useful for him in the future. Personal project exploring relationships in form, color, and motion. I've been trying to post one a week on http://dribbble.com/markpear over the last several months. Below is a collection of some of the more popular ones along with a compilation video featuring music by http://pogomix.net/. Enjoy! Mark is a Graphic Designer, Animator, Interaction Designer, and 3D Modeling/Rendering enthusiast. He specializes in unifying these mediums within the software development process to create experiences that empower, inspire and delight. For more information check out https://dribbble.com/markpear Video
It is amazing to see how much the design community changes and with great sites to follow like Dribbble, Behance and many others we can compare the various shifts. Around 5 years ago, skeuomorphism was huge, then some ornamental typography. After that everything went vector and flat. Little by little things started getting more bold strokes, sometimes even with some depth. Now I feel that motion design is the new cool thing and in my opinion it's awesome. There are so many cool examples of little moments of delight that can be added with simple, yet playful animations. Gal Shir a product designer and art director from Tel Aviv is exploring and pushing this trend in an inspiring way. His animations are very smooth, stylish and super fun. In this post I wanted to feature some of them with you guys. For more information make sure that you visit his Dribbble profile to check out his full portfolio.
There are quite a few things I like to do before opening my computer and using a design tool like Sketch of Photoshop. One of the first things I do is a competitive analysis and right after some simple mood boards with references for things like animation, typography, colors, simplicity. I feel that this step gives me a broader view of possible solutions done by other designers. The process is simple, I just collect as many images as possible and the those that I think are the best fit for each case. For this post I want to share some simple images of UI animations. They are from Pinterest and Dribbble. I used them as references for some personal projects I am working on. The cool thing about this images is that they are pure visual and motion references. I don't pay attention about technical feasibility or anything.
Almost all of you guys already heard about the Hero's Journey, right? Most of us know the concept but sometimes don't know exactly what means every step. Thinking on it this gret artist called Iskander Krayenbosch crated an animation with all the 12 stages, witch is awesome! Since the beginning of time people are fascinated by stories of hero’s. But did you know there is a fundamental structure that's lies beneath all these tales of fantasy. Joseph Campbell, a famous mythologist, was the first to discover similarities within all ancient myths. He called it the Monomyth. According to him there are 17 stages in which every hero has to walk through one way or the other. Don't forget to take a look on his page at Vimeo. The Hero's Journey from Iskander Krayenbosch on Vimeo. The Hero's Journey from Iskander Krayenbosch on Vimeo.
There are some people that are incredibly talented and there's not much to say about them, we just have to admire and work hard to get to that level one day. Dave Chenell, a Designer, Animator, Developer and co-founder of Enormo.us is one of these guys. The illustrations and little animations he shared on his Dribbble profile is simply awesome. They have a retro look, mix of the 80s with Monument Valley. For more information about Dave and to check out his full portfolio check out. http://enormo.us/
Juanma Mota is a Art and Motion Director based in Madrid, Spain. His work has been recognized by many brands out there including: OFFF Mexico, Nike, NBC and History Channel just to name a few. Now that he founded Pleid, a studio with talented folks to achieve greatness in every single project. Calling themselves the "Crafters of the Static Beauty and "Believers of the Illusion of Motion". It's quite poetic! My focus is on creating enhanced visuals to be enjoyed by people, with the aim of reaching stunning results; my projects are always driven by the enthusiasm and passion of having fun while creating. For more information check out: http://www.mota.me/
Today is Christmas Eve and we would like to wish everyone a merry Christmas so we selected some really cool Santa Claus illustrations and animations to get you on the Christmas spirit. Enjoy! by Steve Roberts by Oxygenna by Wanda Arca by thanks but no thanks by Andra Popovici by James Pierechod by Loris F. Alessandria by Maxi Albella by Not Flipper
Today I bring to you some motion design inspiration from the super talented Francesco D'Ambrosio and Annarita Milella, an Italian designer duo based in Edinburgh. They have been crafting animations and motion design since 2012. The cool thing about their work is that they explore and mix styles keeping up to date with the trendy vector style but also combining with more traditional styles. For more information check out http://www.fabdesign.info/
Over nearly four decades at Disney, Glen Keane animated some the most compelling characters of our time: Ariel from The Little Mermaid, the titular beast in Beauty and the Beast, and Disney’s Tarzan, to name just a few. The son of cartoonist Bil Keane (The Family Circus), Glen learned early on the importance of holding onto your childhood creativity—and how art can powerfully convey emotion. Keane has spent his career embracing new tools, from digital environments to 3D animation to today’s virtual reality, which finally enables him to step into his drawings and wander freely through his imagination. At FoST, he'll explore how to tap into your own creativity, connecting to emotion and character more directly than ever before. Glen Keane – Step into the Page from Future Of StoryTelling on Vimeo. For more information check out http://futureofstorytelling.org/
German artist Raphaëlle Martin created a tribute to René Magritte by animating some of his most famous pieces. It is pretty interesting to see surrealism in motion, check it out! René François Ghislain Magritte was a Belgian surrealist artist. He became well known for a number of witty and thought-provoking images that fall under the umbrella of surrealism. His work is known for challenging observers' preconditioned perceptions of reality. LA CONDITION HUMAINE - 1935 LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES - 1936 LE FILS DE L'HOMME - 1964 GOLCONDE - 1953 LA DÉCALCOMANIE - 1966
Nothing beats the feeling of surprise and amazement that is when you see a piece of design or animation that stands out from the rest. I tend to look at so many images during the day and there's always a few designs that really catch my attention and imagination. The work of Thanat Sattavorn (ARM)is one of them. I won't talk much, just check out after the break. For more information check out http://armmotion.com/
Leo Natsume is a talented designer, illustrator, UX designer and animator from my hometown Porto Alegre, Brazil. He's a multitalented individual and we have featured his work here a couple of times. Today, we are happy to share a beautiful project he did for Google. It consists of illustrations and animations for Doodles for the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games. This project includes some illustrations and animations for Google, concept of doodles mobile games of Rio 2016 Olympics in Brazil. For more information check out https://www.behance.net/leonatsume
For todays post we bring a super smooth and beautiful animation created by Simon Holmedal for the Xbox Branding. I love the simplicity of this project with simple lines creating the Xbox logo. Everything looks top notch, check it out and for our American friends, Happy Memorial Day. For more information about Simon and his full portfolio check out http://www.simonholmedal.com/ Video I was working as part of the in-house team at ManvsMachine, I did various tasks including rigg, rnd, animation. Stills Credits Client: Microsoft Concept, Design & Direction: ManvsMachine Creative Director for Xbox: Ramiro Torres
Motion design is still an area that I am a complete newbie but I am learning to admire and understand some of the subtleties that make this field so incredible for me. For this post I want to share a beautiful project created by Martijn Hogenkamp a Creative Director from Amsterdam, Netherlands. The simplicity and the style of the work makes each frame worth of a poster, check it out. For our good friends Leadsmen, a Dutch electronic outfit, we’ve created a teaser for their album Arctic, which was released the 21st of April 2015. When listening to the pre-release we immediately were inspired by the dark, pulsating soundscapes layered with bubbling synths and pounding percussion. We decided to jump the gun and created this moody teaser in a turnaround of just two days. Leadsmen | Arctic from PlusOne on Vimeo. For more information check out http://www.plusoneamsterdam.com/work/show/arctic
French designer Guillaume Kurkdjian designed some really cool vintage electronics and also animated them to show how it works. The work was created in C4D and animated in After Effects. Enjoy! For more from Guillaume Kurkdjian visit guillaumekurkdjian.com. handycam minitel r/c 4x4 matrix printer bontempi boat sonar helena stirrer portable cd player
Motion design, and animation in general, is something I wouldn't consider to be one of my strengths. Not only due to technical knowledge, but there's something else more related with timing and natural motion that is pretty hard for me to translate into any digital format. Seeing the work that Tom Alex Buch did for Verizon Fiber makes me acknowledge that and admire people that are able to execute with precision. Especially when we are talking about stop motion animation. Check it out, it's simply amazing. The Brief: Design and figure out how to create animated hand made feeling wire sculpture stop motion for Verizon fiber optics. At Psyop I visualized these motion tests and styleframes within the challenging timeframe of 3 days. For more information about Tom Alex check out his incredible work at http://www.tomalexbuch.com/ Motion test 1 Motion test 2