With the announcement of iOS7, Apple revealed a completely new UI for their mobile OS. With the super flat design and thin fonts, Apple said that the design would be adaptable to apps by making some of the basic UI elements transparent, therefore, some of the colors of your apps content would bleed through and define how iOS7 basic components would influence the overall appearance. Another important detail of the UI was that with the transparency a blur effect was applied, similar to Windows Vista and their Aero design.
Awe Inspiring Motion Graphics
Ok, I admit my work is hugely inspired by motion graphics and I wanted to share with you some of my greatest influences in this field. It amazes me how each single frame is a super piece of illustrative work, and to think how many frames it takes to make a ‘piece’ is truly mind boggling.
To start with is a superb studio from the USA called MK12. I first seen their work in the Dos Logos book a few years ago and their clean vectors really stood out. I checked out their website and realised they also do motion graphics and incorporate all kinds of crazy visual motifs. You have to check out ‘History of America’ which is a psychedelic western space opera that you can view via YouTube now!
Next up with have a British designer/director who goes by the name of Rob Chiu but you may know him as The Ronin. He has such an original approach to motion graphics, combing 2D illustrations with flowing camera movements which was one of the very first influences on me. His work for ‘Black Day to Freedom’ was truly outstanding and incorporated themes such as asylum and displacement of the peoples.
Next up we are flying VIP to Singapore to visit the all mighty Critica. These guys and gals truly know how to diversify. They seemingly blend motion graphics, live action, typography and 3D work into one hell of a creative melting pot. After appearing on the likes of MTV and working fro people like Tiger Beer you really must have at some point stumbled upon their work. If not, now’s your chance:
We are now going to sprinkle a little magic over the preceding with a studio from the City of Angels (Los Angeles) named Prologue. These people sum up to me what a motion graphics studio can achieve. There portfolio of movie title sequences is truly staggering. I cannot say anything else about them apart from check their work now.
Dstrukt is somebody who really does push boundaries. He has worked with the likes of The Ronin and Hydro74 to name just a few. Just check out his showreel for cool punchy motion graphics.
And there it is, just a sample of some of the awesome motion designer that I have come across. If you know of any other please feel free to send me an email and let me know. You can contact me through my website: