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
It's been quite some time since I last posted a video and when this trailer came across my radar I absolutely had to share. The title of the video is Urbance, directed by Joel Dos Reis Viegas for a Project TV series produced by Steambot Studios. This clip is super stylish, especially the colors, the illustrations and the neon lights. An added bonus, Busy P's "Pedrophilia" is the soundtrack. "In the big city, gender war rises. Sex is prohibited because of a genetic deadly virus. Ruled by hate and anger, boys and girls grow up apart from each other, forming rivals gangs. Among these lost teenagers, Kenzell and lesya will fight adversity and defy all the rules in order to live their love and restore peace." URBANCE Official Trailer from Steambot on Vimeo. Stills
Celebrating the released of the new Adobe Creative Cloud suite of applications, we today will share an awesome motion design work created for the launch of the previous CS6 suite. I didn't know about this work and that's why I had to share it here with you all. I am really willing to learn motion design and this is a great example and way for me to get motivated to experiment and play with motion design. The following work was created by onformative, a studio specialized in generative design solutions covering various types of media and topics founded by Julia Laub and Cedric Kiefer in Berlin. Out of thousands of floating fragments an ampersand evolves in 3D space. Its different colors and materials merge to create a shiny and reflecting fragmented surface. Construction For the release campaign of the Adobe Creative Suite 6 onformative was invited to create an abstract artwork and interpretation of the Adobe Ampersand. The original ampersand 3D-model was loaded into a custom written application where it was de- and reconstructed. Out of the numerous results a few where exported as 3D-models and imported into Cinema4D to do the lighting and shading as well as the short animation. Final Render Making of Adobe CS6 Ampersand - making of from onformative on Vimeo. Final motion Adobe CS6 Ampersand from onformative on Vimeo. Credits: Christopher Warnow (Code) Andreas Fischer (Rendering/Anim) Jens C. Fischer (Sound)
Wikipedia defines stop motion as Stop motion an animation technique to make a physically manipulated object appear to move on its own. The object is moved in small increments between individually photographed frames, creating the illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a continuous sequence. It was and I believe still is used a lot in the movies industry. Karim Rejeb has mastered the technique by doing what all of us did when we were children, playing with toys, however the level of realism of his stop motions is nothing less than amazing. In this post we bring to you 2 incredible stop motion animations by Karim Rejeb, Dirty Toys and Perfect Holiday. PERFECT HOLIDAY Nothing like a good day of surfing. DIRTY TOYS Epic motocross with the very famous playmobils. Nothing like a good day of surfing. Stills For more information visit http://karimrejeb-surfart.com/
If Social Media was built in the days of DOS, 14.4 Kbps modems and Netscape Navigator, they would have looked very different. Well Kinna McInroe and Jo Luijten made this ambition from the past into a reality. This reality truly became a sensation and some of these videos were broadcasted on television and in the Nitehawk Cinema from New York City. After seeing the British BBC show 'Look around you', Jo Luijten was inspired by the idea of creating a nonexistent world in the past. Using old software, like QuickBASIC 4.5 and MS-Paint, he created several '80s and '90s versions of contemporary social media and video games. Jo Luijten's girlfriend Kinna McInroe is the voice-over of the 'Wonders of the World Wide Web' videos. For more information about Squirrel-Monkey, you can visit their website at Squirrel-Monkey.com and also check out their YouTube Channel. If Angry Birds were an '80s home computer game...
I really enjoy seeing designers taking on typography projects. Even though there are plenty type styles out there, the creativity of some people still amazes me. Creativity that inspires projects such as these, by Ruslan Khasanov. Ruslan, a Russian designer, came up with this marvelous typography. Types made out of light! That's simply amazing. I wish Ruslan could have shown us a little of the process behind the making of these. Anyways, for you to see the full set, his whole alphabet, please, visit his portfolio at Behance. He'll definitely appreciate your visit. Cheers! ;)
Following our goal of posting more about motion design and showcase motion graphic designers, today we introduce you Tyler Bowers, a freelancer motion graphic designer and graphic designer based in New York. Tyler has done work for big names such as Macy's, Nike, Fox and many more. His specialties are After Effects, Cinema 4D, Photoshop and Illustrator. Below we feature some of his work. FOX MLB TCM 31 of Oscar Macy's Brasil Super Mario World Nike Mach Speed For more information and to see Tyler's complete portfolio visit http://www.tylerbowers.tv/
Abduzeedo is a blog about things that inspire us, most of the time we post about graphic design, illustration, branding and web, however motion graphics is an area that always caught our attention. With that in mind we will start featuring more motion graphic work like the Fake Studio. Fake Studio motion design and 3D studio located in Barcelona and they have an incredible portfolio not only of beautiful work but also great clients. Names like Nissan, McDonalds and Puma are among the clients. Reel Opening | June In order to promote the release of our new website and the unveiling of our new reel we decided to build a few opening bumpers to present it. We've decided to make a few of them, so they'll be uploaded in a regular basis. For this one, we've been investigating lately about this shapes and the relations they can establish with real spaces. Reel Opening | June from Fake Studio on Vimeo. Fake FLOW Fake | F L O W from Fake Studio on Vimeo. Making New Worlds "In a quite subjective way, I wanted to capture the creative process, which we usually face when we have to envision a project and reach and execute a final idea. After all, and given my fondness/ loving for cooking, this piece emerges as the result of mixing choosed or imposed ingredients where you have to make them dance together, in order to get the tastiest dish ever made" Fake | Making new worlds from Fake Studio on Vimeo. Primavera Sound Primavera Sound 2011 from Fake Studio on Vimeo. Inditex Last spring we did this 4 sweet animations for the top european fashion brand Inditex as they wanted a clear and fresh way to show what their 4 main different work ambits are. After sharing a few ideas we come with the concept of everything starting from the initial words and transforming them in the developed and explained concepts that Inditex needed. Inditex from Fake Studio on Vimeo. McDonalds McDonalds | Singer from Fake Studio on Vimeo. Tachan ...work for Tachan.com, the pitch focus all the attention in the character development and the funny and ironic side of them. We add a few Ins & Outs to the whole process and at the end we get very proud of our creatures... Tachan | HD Version from Fake Studio on Vimeo. Puma & Gemma Mengual With a mixture of live action and 3d, Fake Studio directed the spanish commercial of the international PUMA Body Train campaign "Walk light, Walk Sexy". On this occasion, we’ve been working with Gemma Mengual. A pleasure shooting with the synchronized swimming champion. Walk Sexy! and Enjoy! Puma & Gemma Mengual from Fake Studio on Vimeo.
Promotion is a very important thing when it comes of spreading the word and get more exposure. In association with Wyzowl, a web video company based in New England. We're giving away to one lucky winner, a free app or promo video by Wyzowl playable for Mac, Web iOS and Android. Prize One lucky winner will get either a free app or a promo video by Wyzowl for your site or product. A prize worth of $595. We'll announce the lucky winner next week! Update Our lucky winner is Prachin_siddhi! Congratulations to everyone who participate, and thanks to Wyzowl for offering such cool giveaway! How to Enter (2 Easy Ways) Way 1: Comment - Just leave a comment in the comment box below with your portfolio link so we can pick the best ones for the final selection. Way 2: Tweet Tweet! - Also you can tweet: "I want to get a @wyzowlvideo for @(your app or site) from @abduzeedo promo video giveaway! (http://abduzeedo.com/wyzowl-promo-video-giveaway) #abdzwyzowl" All Rights to Wyzowl About Wyzowl We write a script for your video. This explains how the video is structured and what happens at each point in time. This will help you visualise your video before it is created. Once we have created your script you will have the option to review it and provide any feedback you have. We will make unlimited revisions until you are 100% happy. We will create your video using your website or mobile app content. Your videos are produced to professional 720p HD quality. Once your video is complete you will have the option to review it and provide any feedback you have. We will make unlimited revisions until you are 100% happy. Once you are happy with the video we will provide your video files in standard MP4 format so you can use them as you like. All Rights to Wyzowl Links For more information about Wyzowl, you can visit their website at Wyzowl.com, follow Wyzowl on Twitter @wyzowlvideo.
In a tribute to the French and American cities that inspired the worldwide street art and graffiti movement of the last 40 years, pioneering artists Shepard Fairey and Mr. ANDRE have collaborated to build an ambitious art installation exclusively for the ground floor of the new Champs-Élysées Levi's flagship store. This collaboration will also feature customized Levi’s Trucker jackets and limited-edition graphic t-shirts as well as a series of events, screenings and interactive workshops hosted by the artists. This is the second of two collaborations between French and American cultural pioneers in celebration of the opening of the denim icons new flagship store. The collaborations are inspired by the long-standing friendship between France and the United States. The first collaboration brought together music icons James Murphy and Pedro Winter A combination of sculpture, found objects and a billboard, the various elements of the installation overlay the two artists signature styles on familiar forms and objects from the urban environments of France and the US. The "pièce de résistance" of the installation is the duo of large scale sculptural installations featured in the store windows. Get a glimpse behind-the-scenes and check out the making-of video here…. Some Images
The coolest thing about writing tutorials is that I have the chance to try to recreate effects I see in movie posters, billboards, movies and practically anywhere. I've been learning so much since I started doing that, especially in terms of being more open to feedback and criticism. I also feel more freedom to try different things, that's the case of my new tutorial inspired by the Battleship movie. This is going to be my first video tutorial, I have been afraid to try to do video tutorials because of my english but I decided that the day has come for me to put myself out there. So in this tutorial you will learn how to create the Battleship movie poster using Photoshop CS6 Beta. The video is not long and I will cover so basic stuff like Blend Modes and new CS6 features for 3D and blurs. Enjoy
Located in Melbourne, Australia, Infinity List is a cinematic sports experience. And their focus is to give us a daily dose of both beautiful and entertaining videos on extreme sports. Buckled up and get ready to live the experience of freedom. Hope you will enjoy them! For more information about Infinity List, you can visit their website at InfinitList.com. Experience Freedom Experience Zero Gravity Experience Human Flight" Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit Trailer" Tunisian Duel: Ride the Desert" Chris Bryan Films: Phantom Reel" Malta Cliff Diving 2011" APEX Movement 2012" On Assignment" A Story for Tomorrow"
Video Inspiration is a weekly(ish) post where we either feature a specific artist or show a sort of "best of" list of videos we've discovered during the week. Everything here may not be brand new, but we felt it worth sharing with the community. If you have good finds that you'd like to share, please feel free to send your links to firstname.lastname@example.org with "video inspiration" in the subject line. This week I'm featuring some rad videos I've found around the web. Enjoy! SEED from Seed Movie on Vimeo. Baboon from Einar Baldvin on Vimeo. Sphere from Ao_fujimori on Vimeo.
The other day while I was cleaning up some stuff in my bedroom I've found my Sega Genesis - Mega Drive in Brazil, one of the first 16 bit consoles released in the 90s. I remember most of my friends were more into Mario Bros because they had a SuperNES. I played Mario Bros years later, but at that time my eyes were focused only on playing frenetically Sonic The Hedgehog almost everyday. So, continuing our "nostalgic tutorials" series this one will be about this classic game opening, sure this will probably give you some really good memories so let's do it. Just a warning before we can proceed: this is an more advanced and step forward tutorial, so a previous knowledge of the software and the character will be really helpful. Also, this can all be solved with a mouse, althought using a tablet will make it way more fast. Tunnel I kind of don't know If that's a tunnel or a giant ring on the opening titles, anyway the first thing you should do after creating a new document on illustrator is to create a perfect circle using the ellipse tool (L) + shift. You're actually going to create four of them, use a white fill to understand which is under and which is bellow. So I added a blue metallic linear gradient on two of them, a more intricate golden gradient on one of the circles and a black fill on the circle on the front in order to symbolize the hole. I also wanted a hard shading on the golden circle, so I just created a white circle, selected the soft light blending mode, pulled it a bit to the right downward diagonal and made a clipping mask (ctrl + 7 / command + 7) with a duplicated golden circle. Let's add some stars, first click on the start tool to create specifi star with the parameters bellow. Make another one inside of it. Then add some blue gradients, use a stronger on the one inside and a softer on the outside. I also added a drop shadow on each of them to look more funky. Then duplicated it and alligned like the picture bellow. Here's the first we're going to use for the SEGA logo, you can get it here So, after I wrote SEGA I turned the font into outlines (ctrl + shift + O / command + shift + O) and added the same blue gradient used on the circles. Ok, now go to Object > Path > Offset Path and set the parameters like this. Use a white fill on the new path. Wings Never quite get why there's wing on theis opening, anyway I just draw then using the pen tool (P). Then add a grey radial gradient on it. I also used the same offset path here, so you can pretty much repeat the procedure. Don't forget to duplicate and flip it to the other side (just right click and go to Transform > Reflect). Ribbon Using the pen tool (P) I made this shape with a little hook shape on the end, this will be like a folding of the ribbon. On the sequence I just made the extremity using the previous tool. I added some red linear gradient, just watch for the gradient directions, they will help to enhance and give depth to the image. To make a the white shapes, I basically duplicated the red ones and adjusted it using the selction tool (V) and the direct selection tool (A) I also added a shadow by creating this shape right on the ribbon folding then selecting the blending mode called multiply. Ok, then just duplicate it and flip it to the other side. I also added the stars used on the circle, but on a larger size. For the main title first I wrote "The Hedgehog" using Hevletica (you can use Arial with you prefer), turned it to outlines and used offset path on it. You can get the next font that we're going to use on the Sonic type here. I outlined the type and added a mettalic intrincate gradient. Ok, then access Effect > 3D > Extrude & Bevel, set the parameters like the ones bellow. Now that we just finished this part, let's add a black background by creating a big black rectangle using the rectangle tool (M). I decided to add some shiny stars so I clicked on the star tool and configurate it to make some thin 4 points stars. I also added some golden gradient on them. Sonic Ok, here's the most anticipated and also the toughiest part of the tutorial: drawing Sonic. Before trying to draw this character on the final pose, I made some several studies of it and it's body structure and movements, Sonic is one of these classic big-head cartoon characters, the hardest part to understand it's how you will place the eyes. So, I would suggest you guys to try some sketching looking to some original images, it's good to understand the logic behind some characters, that's enhance you graphic repertory. So, after a lot tests adn studies, I tried to make the classic Sonic pose and laced it on the Ai file on the bottom to help you guys. As you can see I divided the character in a lot o ellipses, this is way of showing the body struture, where are the main parts and the joints. After putting it on illustrator, I started tracing over the most simple shapes, mostly ellipses,like the ones in the eye, head and body. With some help of the pen tool (P) I traced the rest of the body, I know this may not make much sense right now, but this is the best way to vectorize a character with less effort. Ok guys so right now here's a great test for you, as I know our readers are really good this should be piece of cake: using the pathfinder tool called Unite, you should wisely unite some of the traced part in order to get this vector Sonic. Don't worry, this is just a test, If you don't feel confortable on trying, there's a ready vector version on the downloadable file. After we got it all vectorized, let's add some flat colors, I like to do that before adding gradients and shadows as it's better to preview how we should add light and shadow on the image. I started with the eye, adding some grey radial gradient, then added some grey gradient on the nose and on the eyes. I decided to substiture the beige for a hotter color as a orange gradient, just watch for the gradient directions and formats (linear and radial). The glove it's a bit intricate, so here's a tep by step on the gradient directions, watch it carefully. Finally I added some blue radial gradient on the top of him and posicionate him on the scenario, right behing the ribbon. Final Result Although the tutorial was really step forward, I hope you guys got a better understanding on character design, as this will always be a really tough part when doing a illustration. Studying movements, faces, gestures it's wuite important for any illustrator. Hope you guys enjoyed this lesson. Download the Illustrator File Click here to download the Illustrator file used for this tutorial.