Today, November 25th, the world celebrates 100 years of Einstein's theory of General Relativity. As a fan of science and having Einstein as one of my personal heroes I couldn't let this date pass in vain. After reading several books, biographies and articles about Einsteins contributions to the understanding of our universe, still today it blows my mind to think what he was able to accomplish with just pencil and paper. As he said to one of the Princeton guys when he accepted his post there, he needed just pencil and paper and a lot of eraser. Einstein's work with the General Relativity allowed us to understand how gravity affects the space-time continuum and gave us a glimpse of how the universe works. The idea of black-holes and that the universe is expanding were all predicted by the genius of his work. As a non-scientist, the movie Interstellar gives a glimpse of Einsteins theory and how it would affect us when traveling to different galaxies. The space-time continuum is a mathematical model that joins space and time into a single idea. This space-time is represented by a model where space is three-dimensional and time has the role of the fourth dimension. Another great way to understand more about General Relativity is to check out the video that Eoin Duffy put together to celebrate this important date and to pay homage to Einstein's theory. Check out and you understand why Einstein is for me one of, if not the, brightest mind that ever lived in this little blue dot. Credits JAMIE LOCHHEAD - Writer / Producer EOIN DUFFY - Design / Animation DAVID TENNANT - Narrator WESLEY SLOVER - Sound Design ANAÏS RASSAT Writer / Science Outreach / Communication A WINDFALL FILMS production for the SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL Eoin Duffy is an Irish filmmaker now living and working in Vancouver Canada. Eoin has created a body of independent work that has gone on to secure multiple accolades including a dozen major festival wins, 3 Oscar accredited festival wins, a nomination for the upcoming European Film Awards, an IFTA nomination and a shortlisting for the 86th Academy Awards.
Yesterday while checking my Facebook I saw this awesome time-lapse video that Rik Oostenbroek posted capturing a behind the scenes of peek of his project for Nike Total Football. The end result is quite beautiful, as we always expect from Rik. Seeing how he creates these amazing illustrations is not only amazing but really inspiring. I learned a couple of new tricks just by checking it, you should do the same. Nike asked me to stay true to my own personal style and experiment with it and go crazy. The concept was based on the dynamics and fluent movement of the total football from the Dutch total football, as introduced at the World-Cup 1974. For more information and to check out Rik's portfolio visit http://rikoostenbroek.com/ RIK OOSTENBROEK // NIKE // LAPSE from Rik Oostenbroek on Vimeo.
We have posted many articles about typography but there are a number of projects in particular that really catch our eye. Whether it's the striking visual outcome or the technique behind it, we're blown away by the amazing talent that surrounds us. That's the case of the Melting Offf Unmasked project by Noelia Lozano for the Offf conference. It's awesome to see the video that Noelia shares showcasing a behind the scenes peek into the intricacy and craftsmanship involved throughout the process. Contribution to the OFFF UNMASKED art book celebrating the 15th edition of Barcelona’s OFFF festival. Featuring contributions from renowned illustrators and graphic designers around the world, presenting OFFF as a polytheistic cult,a secret religion with it´s own sacred rituals, places and prophets. The book was designed by Barcelona design studio VASAVA in collaboration with the OFFF team. Video Behind the scenes My contribution to the OFFF brief plays with the idea of unmasking to expose your real self. You need to melt through the layers, in order to show the internal struggle; the real form which is initially invisible to the observer. Stills
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
Drones equipped with cameras are commonly known as cool gadgets to have. Instead of flying them through your neighborhood or your backyard, some people will take them on their voyage. Insightful and exhilarating at the same time, watching these footages would forcely demand your need of travelling. Enjoy!
It has been quite some time since I posted about motion graphics. I have had the recent chance to work with some motion designers and it's amazing to see the things that they can do. I am trying to learn some new things but for me the problem is still getting the timing right. The video that I wanted to share today has all of it, beautiful graphics and fantastic motion. The piece was created by murAta Yuzi for the TANO*C TOUR 2014 TOKYO Jingle Movie. I love the easing and staggering of some elements, it feels very organic but modern at the same time. Motion TANO*C TOUR 2014 TOKYO Jingle Movie from murAta Yuzi on Vimeo. Stills For more information about murAta Yuzi, check out his Vimeo page at http://vimeo.com/myz/
Visual identity is much more than stationary and printed materials, it goes beyond the static graphic representation and extends to motion. Nowadays, it is commonplace to see animations that by themselves represent a brand, whether by the style, motion curves or both. MTV is a good example and probably one of the pioneers in playing with video to extend their brand. MTV Essentials is a project created by Pes Motion Studio a design studio from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Our challenge here was to take basic geometric elements and materials and highlight the essence of the objects. We sought to create a universe that may be physically impossible to exist within but that the human imagination can perceive. For inspiration we used an art installation and took our arrangement of the elements from there. For more information visit http://www.peslab.com/ Video MTV NETWORKS / MTV Essentials from pes on Vimeo. Via Behance
I love all things outerspace and artworks inspired by this particular subject. Perhaps because of growing up watching NASA's mission on TV and all that imagination about the future with spaceships and the conquering of space. So the guys from Lightfarm Studios put together a really cool piece and an even more awe-inspiring case study showing the process behind it. Check it out. Description Inspired by the book "Rendezvous with Rama" of Arthur C. Clarke, our computer generated astronaut meets the world's ending in a highly detailed vortex. By seamlessly matte painting over 100 aerial pictures of giant proportions, our artists worked hard to bring this surreal idea to life. Our CGI team used the latest technology for cloth simulation which made the unique astronaut's suit possible. In this making-of video you can follow the whole process from the sketch to the final model. Hundreds of gigs of video capture were carefully selected and beautifully edited with the deep beats by the Russian musician Vitaly Ghost, Lightfarm Studios proudly presents this poetic trip through the making of "The Verge" Lightfarm Studios celebrate the launch of their 3rd Studio - Lightfarm Brasil, based in Rio, with "The Verge” a look behind the scenes at the creation of an epic sci-fi image! Original artowork by Andre Freitas aka.Raqsonu - http://raqsonu.deviantart.com/ Track by Vitaliy Ghost - Monsoon , AWJ recordings - http://soundcloud.com/awjrec Video Making of The Verge - Making of from Lightfarm Studios on Vimeo.
Google has started a new series of videos titled Google Design Minutes. In this videos the lead designers of Google products talk about the challenges behind their projects. Jon Wiley talks about Search, Sian Townsend and Jonah Jones talk about Google Maps and Isabelle Olson share a little bit the ideas behind Google Glass. The videos are very insightful and useful to any designer or enthusiast, check them out. When Google launched, it was a crisp white page with a simple search box. You might not have thought there was much in the way of design, but its appearance underscored two of our most important principles: simplicity and usefulness. Those principles haven't changed much in fifteen years, but our understanding of what makes great design has—throughout the industry. Today, there’s design in everything we touch. And as a developer, even if you don't happen to be a formal designer, you've undoubtedly faced design challenges as you've built your own products. Design has always been a rich conversation, and it's one that we’d like to have with you as you work on your projects and as we work on ours. - Nadya Direkova, Google Design Minutes — Search: The beauty of speed Jon Wiley discusses the importance of bringing out the beauty in things as simple as speed. #GoogleDesignMinutes Google Design Minutes — Maps: Putting the user front and center Sian Townsend looks at the importance of understanding how a user approaches your product, while Jonah Jones talks about adapting the approach to make the map the user interface. Google Design Minutes — Search: The beauty of speed Isabelle Olson talks about the focus her team put into making Glass simple, and how simplicity guided all the decisions they made. #GoogleDesignMinutes Via Google Developers Blog
Cinematics is a timeline of classic films and characters illustrated by Pier Paolo, it's a experimental project that he did and his spare time. The sound was made by Marcelo Baldin also known as Combustion. The Cinematics lettering was also made by me, and right now I'm working on a complete family for this font and I hope to launch it soon! For more information visit https://www.behance.net/pierpaolo Cinematics from Pier Paolo on Vimeo. Via Behance
When I saw this video I was so impressed that I had to post it here on Abduzeedo. The video is titled "ICONS" and it was created for the Sunday Times with the goal to illustrate iconic images from movies, music, street art and more. With all shot in what seems to be one take, the video is simply amazing, check it out. The Sunday Times 'ICONS' - This is all about those iconic cultural images that we pin to our walls and stick in our minds. We all have our favourites. Heisenberg, Kraftwerk, and Banksy’s kissing coppers all featured in early scripts, but we wanted to take a snapshot of what’s making the headlines in 2014. Daft Punk winning big at the Grammy's, The final series of Mad Men, and Tarantino are all over the media right now. These people and their work have left an indelible mark and we’ll probably still be talking about them in ten, twenty maybe even a hundred years years time. The TV spot is a respectful nod to it all. Directed by Us. Agency Grey. Website built using Fabrik. The Sunday Times - Icons from Us on Vimeo. Stills For more information and to see the full making of visit: http://makingoficons.com/
Human vs nature. A primeval desire to prove oneself, challenge the nature, to win and go down in history future generations. The idea behind the visual look of the spot was to show the struggle every Sportsman must face during the biggest and most important sport event, The Olympic Games. The spot is set to build audience’s awareness and excitement ahead of the BBC’s coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Storyboard Concept Characters Final Stills Credits Client: BBC Sport Agency: RKCR/Y&R Production company: Stink & Red Bee Media Postproduction: Juice Post House: Platige Image Director: Tomasz Bagiński DOP: Wojtek Zieliński RKCR/Y&R Executive Creative Director: Mark Roalfe Creative Team: Barnaby Blackburn, Gustavo Kopit, Lembi De Carvalho Business Director: David Pomfret Account Director: Ben Boyles Senior Planner: Henry Gray STINK Producer: Sally Rigg Executive Producer: Edward Grann RED BEE MEDIA Producer: Edel Erickson JUICE/PLATIGE IMAGE Executive Producer: Adam Tunikowski, Michał Dwojak-Hara Art Director: Michał Misiński Technical Director: Tomasz Dyrduła View Full Credits
An animated self-portrait exploring the idea of rebirth and illustrating the transfer of energy from one incarnation to another. I painted this stop frame animation on myself over 5 days, using some face paints, a mirror and a camera. Credits http://emmaallen.org http://twitter.com/imakefings Story & Performance - Emma Allen Photography & Makeup - Emma Allen Post Production - Alex Try, Phil Varnier Sound - Alex Try Stills
Design is all about communication, it's how to incorporate ideas and goals into a product that people love and use. The best way to describe that is that designers are story tellers. We tell stories through our work and this video by Robert Wong shared by the folks of Future of StoryTelling illustrates that extremely well. Description In his work at the Google Creative Lab, Robert Wong never imagined he would be influencing the future of scientific development—and yet he does just that, breaking down the boundary between art and science by creating stories that inspire engineers and the technology they build. He says that this kind of collaboration between art and science, between story and fabrication, is essential for scientific and creative innovation. A Future of StoryTelling Film. Produced by Melcher Media, Bank Street Films, and Mixtape Club, directed by Gabriel Nussbaum For more information visit http://futureofstorytelling.org/
We have posted about Erik Johansson quite a few times, he was even interviewed and featured on the Abduzeedo book. If you don't know him, he's a photographer and retouch artist from Sweden. He uses photography as a way of collecting material to realize the ideas in his mind. Some of his compositions are simply incredible, and today I want to share some videos with the behind of scenes of some of his projects. Drifting Away - Behind the scenes Self-actualization - behind the scenes Cut & Fold - behind the scenes
Typography is the subject of the graduation project of Thibault de Fournas and for that he put together one of the most inspiring videos I've seen in a while. The video is titled From Paper to Screen and it walk us through the evolution of typography. It is a must see. Animation which shows typography evolution from paper to screen. The animation is divided in two parts. The first deals with the basic rules of typesetting. The second, is about the evolution of typography in cinema. Used mainly for Opening and Closing title. Music : Clair de Lune - Debussy Shoot the Piano Player: Poursuite - Hugh Wolff & London Sinfonietta - Georges Delerue Video Stills
When I stumbled upon this video it reminded me of one of my old tutorials playing with light effects. Of course the effects in this video are much more beautiful and the execution is spot on. It gave me motivation to try to do the same in After Effects. The title of the motion design work is Night Stroll and it was created by Tao Tajima. Video Stills