It is amazing to see how much the design community changes and with great sites to follow like Dribbble, Behance and many others we can compare the various shifts. Around 5 years ago, skeuomorphism was huge, then some ornamental typography. After that everything went vector and flat. Little by little things started getting more bold strokes, sometimes even with some depth. Now I feel that motion design is the new cool thing and in my opinion it's awesome. There are so many cool examples of little moments of delight that can be added with simple, yet playful animations.
There are quite a few things I like to do before opening my computer and using a design tool like Sketch of Photoshop. One of the first things I do is a competitive analysis and right after some simple mood boards with references for things like animation, typography, colors, simplicity. I feel that this step gives me a broader view of possible solutions done by other designers. The process is simple, I just collect as many images as possible and the those that I think are the best fit for each case.
Almost all of you guys already heard about the Hero's Journey, right? Most of us know the concept but sometimes don't know exactly what means every step. Thinking on it this gret artist called Iskander Krayenbosch crated an animation with all the 12 stages, witch is awesome!
There are some people that are incredibly talented and there's not much to say about them, we just have to admire and work hard to get to that level one day. Dave Chenell, a Designer, Animator, Developer and co-founder of Enormo.us is one of these guys. The illustrations and little animations he shared on his Dribbble profile is simply awesome. They have a retro look, mix of the 80s with Monument Valley. For more information about Dave and to check out his full portfolio check out. http://enormo.us/
Juanma Mota is a Art and Motion Director based in Madrid, Spain. His work has been recognized by many brands out there including: OFFF Mexico, Nike, NBC and History Channel just to name a few. Now that he founded Pleid, a studio with talented folks to achieve greatness in every single project. Calling themselves the "Crafters of the Static Beauty and "Believers of the Illusion of Motion". It's quite poetic!
Today is Christmas Eve and we would like to wish everyone a merry Christmas so we selected some really cool Santa Claus illustrations and animations to get you on the Christmas spirit. Enjoy! by Steve Roberts
Today I bring to you some motion design inspiration from the super talented Francesco D'Ambrosio and Annarita Milella, an Italian designer duo based in Edinburgh. They have been crafting animations and motion design since 2012. The cool thing about their work is that they explore and mix styles keeping up to date with the trendy vector style but also combining with more traditional styles. For more information check out http://www.fabdesign.info/
Over nearly four decades at Disney, Glen Keane animated some the most compelling characters of our time: Ariel from The Little Mermaid, the titular beast in Beauty and the Beast, and Disney’s Tarzan, to name just a few. The son of cartoonist Bil Keane (The Family Circus), Glen learned early on the importance of holding onto your childhood creativity—and how art can powerfully convey emotion.
German artist Raphaëlle Martin created a tribute to René Magritte by animating some of his most famous pieces. It is pretty interesting to see surrealism in motion, check it out! René François Ghislain Magritte was a Belgian surrealist artist. He became well known for a number of witty and thought-provoking images that fall under the umbrella of surrealism.
Leo Natsume is a talented designer, illustrator, UX designer and animator from my hometown Porto Alegre, Brazil. He's a multitalented individual and we have featured his work here a couple of times. Today, we are happy to share a beautiful project he did for Google.
For todays post we bring a super smooth and beautiful animation created by Simon Holmedal for the Xbox Branding. I love the simplicity of this project with simple lines creating the Xbox logo. Everything looks top notch, check it out and for our American friends, Happy Memorial Day. For more information about Simon and his full portfolio check out http://www.simonholmedal.com/
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.
French designer Guillaume Kurkdjian designed some really cool vintage electronics and also animated them to show how it works. The work was created in C4D and animated in After Effects. Enjoy! For more from Guillaume Kurkdjian visit guillaumekurkdjian.com.
Motion design, and animation in general, is something I wouldn't consider to be one of my strengths. Not only due to technical knowledge, but there's something else more related with timing and natural motion that is pretty hard for me to translate into any digital format. Seeing the work that Tom Alex Buch did for Verizon Fiber makes me acknowledge that and admire people that are able to execute with precision. Especially when we are talking about stop motion animation.
We've featured the talented animator Pete Oswald here on Abduzeedo before and are excited to share some of his recent collaborative work we stumbled upon. Enter the comedic end titles to the hilarious and highly entertaining Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. The spirited sequence is a combo platter of stop motion and Flash directed by Craig Kellman and Pete and animated by Screen Novelties.
Ido Yehimovitz is an illustrator from Tel Aviv, Israel and he created an awesome collection of vehicles from movies and TV shows that he used to like in his childhood to present day. He will keep adding more cars but the set that he put together already is quite impressive and I have to say, I love the style of these illustrations. For more information about Ido visit https://www.behance.net/IdoYehimovitz
Animated GIFs are awesome since the 90s. I remember when I started using the web I used to see them around and it seems that they haven't lost their cool. Moran Goldstein, a designer, developer and 3D generalist from Israel put together a series of super cool animated GIF's with 3D renders. The animations are very smooth and definitely deserved a feature here on Abduzeedo. For more information about Moran's work visit http://www.rapidflux.com/
We featured Marcelo Baldin's project titled Cinematics a couple of days ago. It was awesome and his work is so inspiring that we have another one to share. This one is titled Alphabetic and it's type animation experiment. The style, animation and soundtrack are top notch. Check it out!. I used the font CHUNK FIVE, wich is a really cool and free font created by Meredith Mandel (http://work.meredithmandel.com). I had a lot of fun doing this piece! Can't hardly wait for the next one...
Last year Jing Zhang and the animator James Wignall worked together on an animated infographic project for Canon in Canada. The project features 6 top reasons why small business would benefit from Canon printers. The coolest thing about this project in my opinion is the subtle animations for each one of the reasons. Simple, modern and inspiring this project totally deserved a feature on Abduzeedo. For more information visit: http://www.mazakii.com and http://www.mutanthands.com/
Character design and simple animations together are a powerful way to create engaging and delightful experiences for the viewer. A great example is the work that Mother Volcano and AIM | Animation for Mixedmedia put together for a commissioned work to Sony. The vector style and quirky animations are not only beautiful but carry so much personality.