2047 Apologue is a show by the Chinese director and visionary–Zhang Yimou. Presented on last June at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Beijing. We follow the work from Radugadesign about their involvement in motion and set design. I love how the concepts comes to live following the incredible vision and direction from Zhang Yimou. Check out the video as well, it's well worth it. Radugadesign is a studio that creates lots of goodness from videomapping, motion design, interactive installations, VR, digital interiors and more. Based in Moscow, Russian Federation,, you should definitely follow their work on Behance. The director extends the traditional forms of stage performances, combining Chinese folk art with modern technology. The show consisted of eight performances, which were prepared by 20 international and local teams. The Radugadesign studio in cooperation with WHITEvoid (Germany), the director of the London Theater of Contemporary Ballet Rose Alice and CPG-Concept (Lisa Keegan) developed a visual accompaniment for the kinetic dance performance "Weaving Machine". This one concluded the show. In each of the performances, the emphasis was focused on the fact that technology and humans are merged together, but nothing is eternal and technology can leave us. Video Photo Gallery Credits Visual Projection Show Creative Director: Ivan Nefedkin Maxim Deev Producer: Safiullina Irina Project Manager: Elizaveta Golokhvastova Art Director: Alexander Abramov Technical Director: Evgeny Bespalko Storyboard: Sergey Voronov Media Artists: Alexander Abramov Sergey Nikitin Elen Elkiev Video case Production Directed Video: Alexandra Zagorodnyaya Director of Photography & Editor: Artem Ermakov Director: ZHANG YIMOU Agency: Kingwaychina Kinetic lights installation: Creative Direction & Programming WHITEvoid and Kinetic Lights Choreography: Emma Seward and Rose Alice Weaving Performer: Wu Shuxiang Presented by Buick More Links Find out more about Radugadesign: radugadesign.com Follow Radugadesign on Behance
Let's start off the Week with this Art Direction & Motion project by UK-based Cape & Monocle. Entitled: Zanzibar (Love Is Love), it's a music video that tells the story of a robot (last of his kind) scattering places in goal to find parts to rebuild his partner. You are taken into this beautiful melody as you are right away charmed by the visuals and intriguing concept makes you watch till the end of the music video. Frame by frame is just a pleasure to discover. Sit back and give it a watch. Cape & Monocle is a team that consists of Ben & Laura located in the UK. They specialized their work into Art Direction and Creative Direction. From big to smaller projects, they will also work their skills into 3d and 2d key art, style frames, animation for TV, animated music videos, social media content and more. Check out their site at cape-monocle.com. When we made Kam’s first music video for ‘Zermatt’ it was made up of 40 or 50 small vignettes – our goal was eventually to expand some of them into full narrative music videos for his future releases. For Zanzibar, the second release from his project, Kam was keen on doing something with the clip that featured a mysterious robot from the first video. We came up with the concept of a robot being the last thing left in a world that had been destroyed by its own creations. Before everything was wiped out, the robots partner had been attacked and destroyed. Zanzibar opens with him waking up after the devastation has stopped. He embarks on a long journey around what is left of the world to scavenge parts to rebuild his partner. Watch the Video Video Stills More Links Learn more about Cape & Monocle: cape-monocle.com
The short film and video art Epic Fail is a really cool motion design project created and shared by Greg Barth on his Behance profile. It is an avant-garde essay that questions how we perceive truth, information and politics, seen through the dual lenses of our real and virtual identities. Moved by the political events that shook 2016, the film is inspired by Jean Paul Sartre’s “Nausea”; or how we can develop visual embodiments of our emotions as a catharsis on how to deal with reality. In a time where post-truth news divides and conservative politics fails to lure in young voters, a extraordinary vote for world peace has dramatic consequences. Motion design Stills Greg Barth is an award winning artist and director from Geneva, Switzerland, currently based in London. He specialises in design driven projects using physical effects, ranging from video art and installations to performance and short films. His passion for strong, often surreal concepts, and contemporary minimal aesthetics have brought him to work for renown international clients, get published in prestigious design books, and be strongly featured in the visual industry's leading blogs and websites.
Savee. is a new service that helps you to save and organize your images and inspiration. It works like FFFound and Designspiration in a way but has a different visual style, more bold for lack of better word. I saw this project and thought it had a really beautiful web design and style, then I saw that it was created and shared by Andre do Amaral I was even happier. Andre is a Brazilian designer based in the Bay Area and currently working at Netflix. He is from my home state and of course that gets the right to be featured here on Abduzeedo. Web design Savee it is the best project I've done through my career. It's a fun and intense side project that still requires a lot of my time, but I love it. I believe that detail really matters. So I designed and built with few other talented minds the simplest tool for users to save images from any website. Credit and thanks go to Adhemas Batista Ana do Amaral Andre Ribeiro Doug Alves Elena Miska Felipe Rocha Peter Bagi Tom Sears Vitor Andrade Zé Felipe. For more information check out https://savee.it/
Noelia Lozano is a Madrid-based graphic designer and art director that specializes her work into paper craft, CGI and 3D. For her latest project, she had to put those skills in action to create a set design for Adobe at the prestigious 2017 OFFF edition. In collaboration (Art Direction) with DR Digital Agency, it must have been quite an honour to be able to create something that would have been seen by more than 4000 attendees. You should definitely check out the full project as well on her Behance. Noelia Lozano a freelance graphic designer and art director based in Madrid, Spain. Focusing her work into paper craft, CGI and 3D; we've seen her work before on ABDZ, you should follow her work on Behance. Video Adobe at OFFF 2017 branding imagery, I was reach to design the visual Imagery campaign for Adobe at OFFF 2017 creative festival in Barcelona at Museo del Disseny. OFFF festival has become one of the most popular creative and design event across Europe, with more than 4000 assistants for all over the world. The main task was to develop a bold visual imagery to be used for the campaign on different applications as well as design the stands for Adobe at the festival, two main different areas where the participants to the event could explore new senses with Adobe, becoming their experience at the festival unique and memorable. The references that DR Digital Agency, the agency in charge of the art direction, used for the style and art direction was a colorful, tactile and bold graphic… kind of memphis style. Links Check out Noelia Lozano's site at: http://www.noelialozano.com Follow Noelia on Behance Find out more on DR Digital Agency
An Interaction Design and Art Direction for Refugee Nation by Justin Au. I don't know if you guys remember at the last Olympics, we've witnessed a team of refugee athletes compete in the games. A first in the history and since they had no official "home" to call their own, no anthem and no flag. A flag of the "Refugee Nation," created by Syrian refugee was orange and black, to represent the life vests the athletes wore as they set off in boats for a better life. It's quite a beautiful story, I would definitely the full project via his Behance. Justin Au a designer and an art director working at Ogilvy & Mather New York. Currently based in Brooklyn, you should definitely follow his Behance where you'll find work for IBM, 36 days of type and more. Video Bringing the world together to support Refugees. For the first time in Olympics history, the games saw a team of refugee athletes compete in the games. But unlike other competitors supported by their nation countries, these champions had no official "home" to call their own, and thus, no anthem and no flag. The flag of the "Refugee Nation," created by Syrian refugee Yara Said, was orange and black, to represent the life vests the athletes wore as they set off in boats for a better life. Another Syrian refugee, composer Moutaz Arian, created a wordless anthem to convey a universal message of love and hope. The Refugee Flag has since become an international symbol of welcome and inclusion. It is hoisted all over the world by different people, organizations, and even countries as a sign of solidarity in support of refugees. I was tasked with designing a web experience that captured and explained the idea behind the flag and all that it stands, to visitors from all over the world who may have stumbled upon its colors. Links Follow Justin Au on Behance
Let's take a look at this art direction & advertising campaign proposal by designer Rui Gonçalves for Reliance Life Insurance. That tagline is pretty neat and tells the story of the two pieces very well. You just gotta love the layered composed elements and also the perspective that gives you a unique puzzle of the global situation. Props to the post-production skills from Rui who does a very job to express the behind-the-scenes. And also sharing his frame-by-frame process so we can get inspired from. Rui Gonçalves is an art director/graphic designer based in Barcelon, Spain. By the quality of his work, I am surprised we have never featured his work. Check out more of his work via Behance. "Everything is okay, until it's not" Advertising Print proposal for Reliance. This work was done only by using photoshop. Photo Gallery More Links Check out Rui Gonçalves's site: ruimgoncalves.com Follow Rui on Behance
We are featuring the work from Rita Goulão from her art direction and branding works where lettering and typography shines on every single piece of work. Based in Barcelona, aside from her work, you can definitely tuned in to her monthly radioshow at Rádio Quântica. A designer and a DJ both together for a great combination of graphic design with a musical flair. Hope you like it! Via Behance, this is the work from Min (1988) aka Rita Goulão who is an artist and designer based in Barcelona, Spain. Working mainly in design, illustration and also music, you can definitely follow her experiments with typography and lettering on her Instagram.. As a DJ, she's part of Monster Jinx, an independent label where she worked as graphic designer and art director, and now occasionally collaborates with. She also leads a monthly radioshow at Rádio Quântica, Mineralogy, where she shares her music selections with the rest of the world.
Let's take a look at a branding & art direction project by Size Agency about the Family Takes Book through its identity, branding and graphic design. Reading stories for your kids is a part of parenting that we somehow neglect with the age of technology. It's definitely easier with tablets or phones for interactivity but somehow it's always good to keep our roots. Published on Behance, we are featuring the work from Size Agency who is a studio based in Zagreb, Croatia. I loved how they put an accent on typography across their work, definitely give them a follow. Family Tales is one of the most exciting UK startups that connects parents directly with writers who make personalized stories for their kids. Credits Marko Cvijetic Andrej Virant Sadiković Jurica Koletić Ivan Fistric
Let's take a closer look at the Interaction Design & Art Direction work from New York based studio named Anton & Irene. They usually work for clients or self-initiated projects but this time is for a friend named Shantell Martin who is an artist who is best known for her black and white drawings. You definitely check out the full case study as well. Published on Behance, this is a project by Anton & Irene who are a studio based in Brooklyn, New York. They are the kind of people where they will be interested in new projects, ideas, student work and more. We love their work and they are the real definition of designers, check out their site. We usually work for clients, we sometimes do self-initiated projects, but this was the first project we did for a friend.
Hope everyone enjoyed their long Happy Easter Weekend, we would like to start off the week with an art direction & graphic design by Leta Sobierajski for the brand RUH. I love how Leta is thinking outside the box with her colour palette and texture; I must admit that cyan, gold and black/white can go pretty well together. See it for yourself! Published on Behance is the work from Leta Sobierajski who is a designer and art direction based in Brooklyn, New York, USA. Incredibly diverse, Leta is coming from a background of combining photography, art and more traditionnal design elements to create utterly and bizarre compositions.
I have not seen Ghost in the Shell yet, but it's definitely on the list of movies I want to see despite the not so good reviews. One of the reasons is the look and feel of the movie. The post modern, futuristic look full of neons and crazy stuff. For this post we share a little bit of of the art direction behind it from a post shared by Ash Thorp and Christoffer Bjerre on their Behance pages. The sequences and images in the reel represent a compilation of work created for the Ghost in the Shell live action film, which includes everything from animation tests to final assets implemented in the film. SOLOGRAMS Early on in the film’s development, I met with Rupert to discuss some of the creative direction. He expressed his desire to paint the city with neon lights in a new form that he coined as “Solograms”, which are solid holograms. It is something in the realm of a particle system of light that can be moved and augmented in Z space. I loved the idea and instantly got to work building out concepts and ideas. Below you will see a mix of various style frames, concepts, and final production assets that made it into the film. These concepts then went into post production where Chris Bjerre and I animated and created an asset library for Rupert to paint his city with. - Ash Thorp Art Direction POSTERS Maciej and I pitched a few poster renditions for the marketing of the film. Although the posters were not eventually commissioned, we really enjoyed connecting and building them out regardless. TEAM Director - Rupert Sanders Lead Concept Artist - Maciej Kuciara Lead Concept Artist - Vitaly Bulgarov Concept Artist/Designer - Ash Thorp Designer - Chris Bjerre Reel Editor - Franck Deron
The tagline of this campaign is: The more you connect, the less you connect. There’s a powerful message through the lines of this campaign tagline and you can easily relate with what it is all about. We’ve been through debates where technology grows at such a fast pace that the consumer grows to be even more demanding but at what point? I love the fact that the art direction gives you a clear understanding and a reflection to a sad reality of a present day. I love technology but I do agree that we have to keep a balance in our lives. A great thought from the work from Donghai Liu for Ogilvy Beijing. Published via Behance is the work from Donghai Liu who is a creative director based in Beijing, China. With 15 years in the business, Donghai went from designer to assistant art director, copywriter to senior copywriter and assistant creative director to a creative direction position. That's a lot of experience on different fields and has worked with many brands including JWT Shanghai, Bates Beijing, Leo Burnett Beijing and more. This Print Campaign was done by Ogilvy Beijing advertising agency for Center For Psychological Research, Shenyang in China. It was released in the Apr 2015.
As a designer, I am a frequent user of Behance. It’s a beautiful platform that featured some of the best artists, designers and illustrators out there. One thing that annoys me though is the design hasn’t changed much in the last few years. For example, those gradient buttons are hitting me hard! Let’s take a look at the work of Nora Park who decided to take the platform for an overhaul concept. Overall, I really enjoyed her interaction design and direction for Behance, too not keen on the interactions but in the “ensemble”; it’s a lovely concept! This concept is the work of Nora Park who is a freelance art director based in Los Angeles, California. She has a background in UI/UX, graphic design, illustration, fine art and more. You should definitely check out her site. Like many designers, I am a frequent user of the Behance. This is my attempt at translating the website into a desktop application, one that takes advantage of the platform by providing a richer, more seamless and customizeable experience.
Internet.org by Facebook is a art direction and digital art project shared by our favorite studio, ARS Thanea. We posted about them and featured their work so many times, actually every time they post something new because their work is quite inspiring. This time we are sharing the project they shared on their Behance profile for the Internet.org for Facebook. It's an advertising campaign, but we tend to focus on the technical aspects of the digital art and art direction for this post. Background Internet Access is considered a basic human right together with Freedom of Speech, Gender Equality, Water and Shelter by the United Nations. Each person that comes online has the potential to create and share knowledge that improves the internet for all. That’s why Internet.org by Facebook is exploring ways to get the unconnected half of the world online. To date, Internet.org has brought more than 19 million people in 38 countries online through a range of services — like installing wireless hotspots, beaming internet from the sky and creating platforms that enable data-free access. How could the internet be considered the World Wide Web if only half of the world’s population is connected? We created a series of print and digital ads with real cut-in-half objects to tell the story of an incomplete internet and its potential. So we all can realize how much music, art, stories and knowledge is missing online. Art direction and digital art Educational icons Additional Assets Making off Credits Facebook Brand Planner: Ravi Khanna Digital Media Manager: Anna Ziskin (On Set) Head of Brand Marketing: Nate Mordo Head of Consumer Marketing: Kofi Amoo-Gottfried Sid Lee New York Creative Director: Felipe Ferreira Account Director: Brett Niebling Account Executive: Gillian Couchman Producer: Dana Kandic Ars Thanea Executive Creative Director: Peter Jaworowski Producers: Marta Król, Tomasz Wachnik Art Director: Karol Klonowski Concept Artists: Krzysztof Rosłan, Mikołaj Piszczako, Michał Lisowski Typography: Mikołaj Piszczako Digital Artists: Marcin Kowalski, Łukasz Wiktorzak, Piotr Frączkowski, Maciej Mizer 3D Lead Artists: Piotr Nowacki, Łukasz Skurczyński Modeling & Textures: Ernest Kośka, Anna Mierzejewska, Jakub Włodarczyk Shading: Piotr Nowacki, Ernest Kośka, Jakub Włodarczyk Animation: Piotr Maciocha Photo Crew: Photographer: Francisco de Deus Photographer’s Rep: Blake Pearson / VISU Producer: Susan Shaughnessy Production Coordinator: Brie Walsh Animator: Zack Williams Digital Tech: Alex Smith 1st Photo Assistant: Mari Juliano 2nd Photo Assistant: Ben Mistak Gaffer: Leandro Viana Fabricator: Makoto Aoki / Swell Fabricator Asst: Tomoka Tsuchimochi Fabricator Asst: Erina Hattori Prop Stylist: Paola Ramirez For more information check out https://www.behance.net/gallery/47954189/Internetorg-by-Facebook
This year, once again, I will try to finally achieve my photography goal of posting one photo a day on Instagram. In the past the idea was to take a photo a day but I've learned that it gets pretty difficult to conciliate that with work, blog and some rest. Another important thing is having good references, for some reason I was quite passive in that area until Francois, the chief editor of ABDZ sent me some of the photographers he follows on Instagram. One of them was the Minh T aka, @thismintymoment. He became my favorite. I love the style of the photos, the art direction and the subjects. Mixing minimalism with urban style, a lot of concrete and architecture, he is really an inspiration for me to keep practicing. About Minh T. Minh T. is an art director and photographer based in California. For more information make sure to check out his work at: Instagram Web site Photography from Instagram © All rights reserved to Minh T (thismintymoment)
Femme is an art direction, web design and UI/UX project shared by Ruslan Siiz on his Behance profile. What can I say about this project besides it's awesome. I love the different variations of the layout with grid of images, sometimes in Pinterest style and others in a much more magazine/editorial look. As web design goes, I believe this project features all the major trends in web design. The detail pages are gorgeous, including some split screen designs, another very hot trend right now. Anyways, I am taking so much notes for some refinements I want to add to ABDZ this year. So check out the Femme project and let us know what you think. Femme exists as a global luxury, life and style directory. Developed to stimulate, inform and entertain readers with a wide spectrum of topics from high fashion and film to music and art. About Rulsan Siiz Ruslan is an Art Director & Designer living in Warsaw, Poland collaborating with amazing people around the world to create experiences for the most ambitious brands in the world. Focusing on visual design & digital storytelling I had the pleasure to work for Disney, Crate&Barrel, Dustin Farrell, Cloudbank and Damps&Lyland. For more information check out: http://ruslansiiz.com/ Web design