Category Archives: Animation

Paper coming to life

Mengyu Chen, an illustrator/ art director based in the US has created this amazing suite of ‘pop-up animated gifs’ (click on each one if there dont animate automatically in your browser) to promote her satirical comic book project – The Encephalic Cinema.







MTV ‘Music Never Stops’

Some of you may have seen this last year, some of you may not but as yesterday some of us were talking about this great ad by Dulcidio Caldeira and ParanoidBR for MTV Brazil’s 21st birthday, I thought I’d share it here…

Word as Image by Ji Lee (@PleaseEnjoy)

Growing up as an avid player of the Dingbats board game, I think this animated sequence promoting Ji Lees (the newly appointed Creative Director ) new book Word as Image is genius!

Wonderful world of Cinemagraphs

***UPDATE: If you want to see the first 4 GIFs animating you will have to click them to open up in a separate window****

If like me you shudder at the mention of an animated GIF with horrid recolections of the pre-flash animations that filled up the flashing christmas tree style websites of the late 90s, it’s time to think again with Cinemagraphs.

Cinemagraph is a phrase coined by New York based photographer Jamie Beck and motion graphics artist Kevin Berg and is described perfectly on their site of the same name as ‘An image that contains within itself a living moment that allows a glimpse of time to be experienced and preserved endlessly’

See more by Jamie and Kevin at

The technique has really started to take off since it’s ‘birth’ earlier this year with various tutorials appearing showing how to create your own. Some of my favourites are by Gustaf Mantel who uses films as his inspiration:

The 400 Blows

American Psycho

2001: A Space Odyssey

Full Metal Jacket

The Godfather


Terry Gilliam’s Do It Yourself Animation Show

Terry Gilliam, the legend behind the fantastic animation sequences from Monty Python, talks about how he creates his famous cut-out animations.

Award winning ‘Rewind’ by Chris Butcher

Another brilliant example stop motion video – This time by up and coming talent Chris Butcher (part of the BA (Hons) Animation 2009 alimni of the University of Bedfordshire).

For this brilliantly original animation Chris has just won an Ideas Tap & Barbican award. His prize here is that it will be one of six short films shown before all the feature films appearing at the Watch Me Move festival from 15 June 2011 – 11 September 2011 at The Barbican, some well deserved exposure for local talent.


This is Dare. Are you?

I’m a sucker for a good infographic and this is just that. Beautiful animation by digital agency Dare for their graduate scheme – I’m sold!

Stunning Kinetic Typography project

Stunning Kinetic Typography project by Oklahoma based illustrator/graphic designer Jacob Gilbreath created from the dialogue of Conan O’Brien’s final episode of The Tonight Show on NBC.

7 Billion – Typographic animations by National Geographic

Great typographic animations promoting their year-long series on the global population rise done by their in house digital studio.

Dynamite video by Superelectric for Kraak & Smaak

Brilliant video mixing analogue and digital design/motion for dutch band Kraak en Smaak by Superelectric of