Having a bit of a nostalgia moment tonight, I was looking for some motion to share on ABDZ and went instead full 80s. I wouldn't lie, I totally wasted a few productivity hours watching 80s clips on Vimeo. I had to feature the work of Arkuma again, he is a freelance motion artist and graphic designer based in Heidelberg, Germany. You can't help to relieve some 80s nostalgia while watching his video projects, it's filled with neons and vibrant colors. It was a good timing to come back to his profile, he just published his Showreel 2018. Check it out! More Links Personal Site Vimeo Instagram View this post on Instagram #80s #1980 #1980s #retro #retroart #typography #typegood A post shared by ＡＲＫＵＭＡ ＨＩＹＯＭＯＴＯ (@arkuma_hiyomoto) on Sep 28, 2014 at 7:56am PDT via Vimeo > More Links Personal Site Vimeo Instagram
Hope everyone had a wonderful Weekend! We would like to start off this week with a Cyberpunk-feel inspired experimental short film entitled: Muse. Superb soundtrack by Morgan Willis, we are invited to watch a bunch of short sequences taking us through a journey of the imaginary future world and space. You might feel some resemblance to movies like Blade Runner and the recent movie of Ghost in the Shell. Let's give a beautiful accomplishment and shout to Guangyu Li. "MUSE" is an experimental short film that intends to take you on a journey through the imaginary future world and space. Today, we live in an era of technology, which keep changing almost every aspect of our lives. However, I am wondering if technology could bring us a bright future or not. I have always obsessed with science fiction stories and films since I was a child. Therefore, I decided to direct a computer-generated short film to present an immersive and unique tomorrow’s world to the audiences. At the stage of concept and narrative, I found a lot of inspiration from conceptual works and sci-fi films such as blade runner 2049, ghost in the shell and works from concept artist simon stålenhag, et al. I spent three months working on this graduate film at the last period of student. Meanwhile, this is my first time to direct a completed film individually. There are many shortcomings and problems in this film, but I still enjoy the process of directing the whole film from zero to one. More Links Learn more about Guangyu Li Watch the Muse Short Film Watch the video
Tokyo 2020 is coming in a very short year, I am not sure if things are starting to build or whatnot but we are starting to see more productions gearing up for the next Olympics. We are taking a look at the work from Vladislav Solovjov we have featured before on ABDZ. In collaboration with Golden Wolf UK, he got inspired by a Cyberpunk Style in order to bring together the best visuals possible for the identity. I think this is pretty rad, check it out! A collection of hand lettering works from 2017 & 2018 More Links Learn more about Vladislav Solovjov Check out more of Vladislav's work on Vimeo Previous feature on ABDZ Watch the Video
It's always cool to follow incredible artists on Twitter, I stumbled across an homage that our good buddy Ash Thorp in collaboration with zaoeyo and more. Together, they have worked on making a tribute for the super iconic anime from the 1988 Akira directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, produced by Ryōhei Suzuki and Shunzō Katō, and written by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto. Please take the time to watch the stunning video but also visiting the site for the full experience. Awaken Akira was created by two friends, Ash Thorp and Zaoeyo (XiaoLin Zeng), who wanted to collaborate on a tribute to the iconic anime, Akira, by Katsuhiro Otomo. It’s creation took over a year, as we had to coordinate our time on it with other project commitments. We hope you find it was well worth the wait and truly enjoy our efforts. Watch the Video Credits Score: PILOTPRIEST Character Modeler: RAF GRASSETTI Photography: THE JOELSONS Website: OBLIO More Links Learn more about Ash Thorp Learn more about zaoeyo Some Stills
Let's kick it off with a short but very cool motion graphics project by Lewis Orton, Ray for Huawei and their newest flagship phone: P20 Pro. It was designed for a marketing campaign in China and they focused on the remarkable gradient finish on the back of the phone. We would love to review this phone, so any of you works at Huawei, please give us a shout. For the meantime, have a great start of the new week! We were invited to design a new commercial for Huawei's latest flagship smartphone P20 Pro Twilight for China's marketing campaign. With client's requirement of focusing on the impressive gradient and triple cameras, a soft but fashional feeling is built up through the mix of transparent and reflective materials. Credits Director: C_5 Motion Designers: Lewis Orton, Ray Music: Blast Studio More Links Learn more about the project via Behance Motion Graphics & Animation Video
Let's kick in Wednesday with this 80s vibe motion and digital art project by Vladislav Solovjov. He is a motion designer and art director based in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation; he worked on a collaboration project with Bark&Bite for William Hill Vegas. For those you don't know, the William Hill Vegas is actually a casino based in Las Vegas, Nevada! Clever eh? You just gotta appreciate the mixture of the retro vibe with that sweet red supercharged mustang car! Take some time to watch the videos as well! Credits Client: William Hill Vegas Collaboration: "Bark&Bite" Role: key visual, lighting, shading, texturing, compositing, concepts and styleframes More Links Learn more about Vladislav Solovjov on Behance Follow Vladislav's work on Vimeo Motion & Digital Art Watch the Video
I have recently watched Blade Runner 2049 and woah! It was such an incredible film to watch. Every single frame pays an homage to the original somehow and it's quite beautiful. Going into the same lines, we are taking a look at the collaboration work between designers 灰 昼 and 行行珂 Hunk Xing and their motion series: A Dream Within a Dream. I would say this is the perfect tribute to the Blade Runner World added with their own Neo-Noir approach. Give it a look! _This short film Dream in A Dream is in reality, an experimental film about dreams. It is like a symbol floating on the water, being tightly held in an infant’s arms or trapped in the palm of the Buddha; it bursts into a blaze, then projects into the building of a capsule apartment. Credits 灰 昼 行行珂 Hunk Xing More Links See the full project on Behance Motion Design & Illustration
With the new year, we would love to bring back some of the feedback we have heard from you guys during the past few months. One of the main thing we keep hearing about are the imminent comeback of features related Motion. Well, we are listening! This is Abduzeedo's re-introduction of motion inspiration. Something we haven't done in such a long time. We will focus on motion sequences created from opening titles, short stories, showreel and more. Let us know what you think and please enjoy this cool comeback on ABDZ and the picks! In this collection we are featuring the work from Ouchhh, The Animation Workshop, Bito and more. More Links For more, check out Vimeo Follow my tweets @aoirostudio Follow my pictures on Instagram via Vimeo ABSOLUT New Bottle Design Process from Ouchhh on Vimeo. Teaser: Stellar from The Animation Workshop on Vimeo. Interview from The Animation Workshop on Vimeo. Taipei in Motion / 2017 Taipei Universiade from Bito on Vimeo. The Melbourne Model from Onesal on Vimeo. 不眠症 (Sleepless) from Onesal on Vimeo. 'Monster' Title Sequence from The Mill on Vimeo. The Mill Animals & Creatures Reel from The Mill on Vimeo.
With the new year, we would love to bring back some of the feedback we have heard from you guys during the past few months. One of the main thing we keep hearing about are the imminent comeback of features related Motion. Well, we are listening! This is Abduzeedo doing a re-introduction of motion inspiration. Something we haven't done in such a long time. We will focus on motion sequences created from opening titles, short stories, showreel and more. Let us know what you think and please enjoy this amazing return on ABDZ. In this collection we are featuring the work from SOMEI 晟, Henning M. Lederer, Medhi Hadi and more. More Links For more, check out Vimeo Follow my tweets @aoirostudio Follow my pictures on Instagram via Vimeo OPPO R11 from SOMEI 晟 on Vimeo. OPPO R9 - BLACK from SOMEI 晟 on Vimeo. More Covers from Henning M. Lederer on Vimeo. Abstract Reaction from Mehdi Hadi on Vimeo. SPLIT from cento lodigiani on Vimeo. MTBank / XTitles from WOL Creative Studio on Vimeo. Showreel 2018 from Aixsponza on Vimeo. TVB J2 Channel Branding from Carbon on Vimeo. Processing from CH on Vimeo.
Our friends from Adobe has launched earlier this year: Motion Graphics templates for many of us designers who are using motion for post-production workflows or even creating micro-interactions. I love the fact that they provide a variety of files established for beginners all the way to the real professionals. Also one of the best features is the integration between After Effects and Premiere Pro. It prevents editors from having to alternate between the two applications during the post process. Each template can be dragged from the Essential Graphics panel’s “Browse” tab into a sequence in Premiere Pro. Premiere Pro also ships with dozens of Motion Graphics templates that users can select as the foundation for creating their own motion graphics. Image via Adobe In their words If you’re a video editor (and not a motion graphics designer), you can take simple edits to the next level by harnessing the amazing work of After Effects artists through Motion Graphics templates on Adobe Stock. Adobe introduced the Master Artists Collection on Adobe Stock – prebuilt templates sourced from acclaimed motion graphics designers, including Andrew Kramer, Valentina Vee and Nik Hill. You can leverage the power of After Effects without having to know how to write expressions, manage multiple pre-comps, or dig into text animators. Score! If you’re an After Effects master, you can collaborate with control by designating what can or cannot be edited within your Motion Graphics template. In other words, you can be a team player and save time when those inevitable, minor changes need to be made, such as fixing a typo on a lower third. Additionally, you can generate additional revenue by selling these new file types on Adobe Stock. If you’re a jack of all trades, you can edit your After Effects creations within Premiere Pro (no more switching back and forth!). To prove it, new research from Pfeiffer Consulting has found that productivity was on average 350% higher using these Motion Graphics templates! Motion Graphics templates are making it possible for editors to take advantage of the powerful, creative capabilities After Effects offers and presenting the essential elements directly inside Premiere Pro to customize the design directly, allowing editors to harness their own creativity to produce something truly unique and engaging on the screen. More Links To read more about Adobe After Effects new Motion Graphics templates Get started with a free library on Motion Graphics templates Via Adobe Blogs
We're excited to share this rad personal project by Rio de Janeiro based graphic designer Vinicius Araújo titled 36 Days whereby he has inexplicably applied brand styles to letters of the alphabet leveraging a potpourri of graphic, industrial and motion design. We love how Vinicius only used Helvetica to create a representation of unique products we all know and love. A for Apple, B for Beats and so on. There isn't much written about the project so it is left up to us to interpret in our own special way. Be sure to check out Vinicius' Behance for more inspiring work from this Brazilian talent.
Nexus Studios' creator Jaime Álvarez Sobreviela, in partnership with film and design studio Le Cube and composer David Kamp, have created a 50’ animated film, ‘The Enlightenment of Cosmic Panda’ . The film tells the story of the Mr. Kat & Friends ‘Cosmic Panda’ character as his true nature is revealed. The style mixes 3D with motion graphic design and it's super fluid especially the scene transitions where it goes from 3D to regular illustration style. Check out below and also more details and stills of this project. 3D and Motion Graphic Design Speaking of how the animation project came about Jaime says: “Le Cube and I met in Cutout Fest Mexico where we were invited to speak. Turns out we got along very well, they liked the Mr. Kat & Friends brand and the latest Mr. Kat collaboration was born." It was clear to me that we should show Cosmic Panda having a lysergic experience. The vibe of the character was asking for that. With Claudio Iriarte, who was the project animation director, we came up with the D.M.T experience. Jaime liked the idea as well, so we moved on under this concept. - Ralph Karam (Le Cube) Cosmic Panda has recurrent themes such as space, mysticism, meditation, nature and overcoming. Depending on which state he’s in, he’ll acquire different levels of wisdom. For example when he’s golden or transparent, he's in his highest levels of consciousness. When not in a supernatural condition, Cosmic Panda is a wild and carefree panda. - Jaime (Mr. Kat & Friends) “We’re always looking for opportunities to mix techniques in our work. The mixing between the environments here of the exterior (Cosmic Panda’s real universe) and the interior (his mind) was a perfect excuse to play with our favourite techniques 2D cell animation and 3D” - Juan Manuel Friere (Le Cube) notes I liked the idea of keeping the "real universe" of the character into this technic. For the trip, I called another colleague and brilliant animator Dante Zaballa to help us with one of his specialties: handmade painting in cell animation. - Ralph Karam The film was premiered at the amazing OFFF Festival in Barcelona where Jaime was invited to speak. Ralph, Gustavo and Juanma joined him on stage to present the brand new animation! 👊 CREDITS: Production and Animation: Le Cube Starring an original character created by: Mr. Kat & Friends, represented by Nexus Studios Direction: Ralph Karam and Jaime Álvarez Sobreviela (Mr Kat & Friends) Executive Production: Gustavo Karam and Juan Manuel Freire Production: Antonela Castro Animation Direction: Claudio Iriarte 3D Backgrounds: Jaime Álvarez Sobreviela (Mr. Kat & Friends) Illustrations: Martin Vinograd 2D Animation: Dante Zaballa, Sergio Kechu, and Martin Lara 2D Animation Assistants: Matheus Muñiz and Katherine Pryor 3D Animation: Chris Rey Willis Composition: Ralph Karam Music and Sound Design: David Kamp For more information make sure to check out the original Behance project
We tend to focus our posts on individual contributors but it is important to also talk about the companies and studios that most of these amazing motion designers might work. Today we are featuring the animation studio Onesal Studio. They are based in Tokyo, Japan and shared their demo reel or showcase video on their Behance profile. There's so many cool projects like the Living Interface for Discovery Channel Japan or the La Vuelta 2016. The video really captures the stunning work of this animation studio. About the studio Onesal Studio is a design and motion graphics studio formed by a team of self-defined visual cooks. Their kitchens are in Tokyo and Buenos Aires, two cities with contrasting flavors. There, they hand pick their ingredients. Tradition and passion. Technology and ingenuity. That contrast inspires them to create. And it is delicious. We craft visual entertainment, add a bit of spice, and have fun while at it. They specialize in Commercial Spots, Channel Idents & Rebrands, Product Videos, Identity Packs, Digital Signage Content, VR, Music Videos (PV) and Interactive Applications. For more information check out http://www.onesal.com/ Animation Studio showcase Onesal Motion Reel from Onesal on Vimeo. Stills Intro credits Concept and Production: Onesal Illustration and Animation: Martiniano Garcia Cornejo, Nahuel Salcedo, Ailin Brunner Edit: Hirano So, Nahuel Salcedo Original Sound Design: Hirano So
A couple months back, we featured this very inspiring collaborative case study about the Nike LunarEpic Flyknit shoe campaign. Today we are featuring a comeback on this project with Tendril and Blacklist and their supreme work with the team at Nike. We are welcomed into the next level that the team brought to the table and make sure to watch the process video as well. We just can’t imagine how much freedom they had from such a big brand and how technical challenges they must have encountered. While watching the video, I just can’t help to notice how incredible is the sound. They have built a procedural noise-based curve animation tool that replicates and expand on Cinema 4D’s MoSpline. In this second phase of Nike's LunarEpic launch campaign, the shoe has arrived on Earth bringing with it otherworldly powers. Roads curve and stretch seemingly into infinity. Impossible runs suddenly feel effortless. Gravity is nonexistent. Watch the Process This was our sixth project with the amazing team at Nike. Working with them and Blacklist, it was our task to take Nike's creative strategy, and then conceive and develop a narrative and visual structure for the brand film around the tagline 'run forever'. The manifestation was a 45s film and sound design (created by CypherAudio), key print and digital 'hero' visuals, social media clips and a large-scale track and field dome installation. The process with Nike is always incredibly collaborative and exciting. From there, the macro surface knitting effects were also prototyped and build in Houdini over the course of a couple weeks and then rendered in Arnold. The bending and warping landscape sections also took quite a bit of RnD to get right. In the end, we used a blend of multiple World Machine displacements and Xgen scattering in Maya. The laser-cutting sequence also posed its own set of puzzles, which we solved in Cinema4D using an arcane stack of deformers and morphs. Credits Client: Nike Global Brand Communication Studio EP: Noah Stanik Global Brand Communication Studio Producer: Meagen Moore Global Brand Design, Running Art Director: David Brady Global Brand Design, Running Studio Manager: Denise Wild Production Company: Blacklist EP: Andrew Linsk Producer: Karen Lawler Production Studio: Tendril Co-Directors: Chris Bahry of Tendril, Tom Crate of Frame Executive Producer: Kate Bate Producer: John Szebegyinszki Storyboards: Greg Boychuk Editor: Tom Crate Pitch Concepts: Chris Bahry, Evaldas Cesnavicius, Wojtek Szklarski 3D Artists: Alasgar Hasanov, Alexandre Veaux, Florent Arnould, Christoffer Bjerre, Marcelo Souza, Will Sharkey FX: Alasgar Hasanov, Marcin Porebski Lighting and Render: Alexandre Veaux, Marcelo Souza, Christoffer Bjerre, Lorne Kwechansky Additional 3D Artists: Christian Hecht, Ben Pilgrim Compositing: Chris Bahry, Alexandre Veaux, Lorne Kwechansky 2D Animation: Leo Mateus, Marissa Godwin Music and Sound Design: John Black of CypherAudio More information: http://tendril.ca.
To start off the week, we would like to share this beautiful collaboration that involves Illustration, Motion Graphics and Animation. Created by a team-up with Rutger Paulusse and the folks from RoomCR6, we are taking a closer look at the work of different communities coming from London, Amsterdam, New York and Rio De Janeiro. All together and one of the many reasons why the Internet is still wonderful and I must admit that is great to see different perspectives coming to this process with everyone living at contrasting timezones. This is a collaboration between Rutger Paulusse / Gwer from Amsterdam who made the illustration and RoomCR6 from London who were responsible for the animation. The concept behind this piece is to illustrate how the design & creative community are able to come together and create pieces of work no matter where in the world they are. Whether you are from London, Amsterdam, New York or even Rio De Janeiro the internet brings us all together and the tools we have today make collaboration a seamless process. Credits Rutger Paulusse RoomCR6 Hashmukh Kerai Paul Stayt More on the project via Behance.
Many of us, while watching movies, wonder who's responsible for those great UI Design and mesmerizing credits for some great movies. From Prometheus, to the Hobbit, there are many examples of the fantastic work of designer Ash Thorp. Here you can see some of his best work. He also comes up with sweet designs for games, which is super cool. For more of his work, as well as reels of his motion graphics, please visit his portfolio! I hope you enjoy these as much as I did! Cheers. ;) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Total Recall (2012) TOTAL RECALL HUD + GUI REEL / ASH THORP from Ash Thorp on Vimeo. X-Men: First Class XMEN : FIRSTCLASS TITLE from Ash Thorp on Vimeo. Prometheus Sherlock Holmes The Hobbit Iron Man 3 Ender's Game ENDER'S GAME - MOTION GRAPHICS REEL from Ash Thorp on Vimeo.
Motion design matched with beautiful vector illustrations is a perfect union and the inspiration behind the project that creative agency Wenderfalck put together for the MTV Match Machine campaign. The color scheme, the motion graphics and the illustrations have a very modern feel making this project a worthy candidate for a feature here on Abduzeedo. Creative agency Wenderfalck created the MTV Match Machine, to help love starved teens all over the world find the answer to that question. A facebook app that would match you with someone in your friends list. It was a big success with over 84 million completed tests and 7 million shares, so I got to make a case film for it. Lovely! For more information check out https://www.behance.net/gallery/23297361/MTV-Match-Machine