Design intent is something that I say almost everyday, trying to defend or convey an idea or concept to colleagues, other consultants, and even the client. Moving the vision from something in your mind to something tangible. Something real.
In the wake of Apple’s announcement of iOS 7 there has been huge volumes of criticism. With barely a breath taken, Twitter and the blogosphere were a wash with negative comments. Let’s not deny there are some fantastic ideas and functionality in the latest version (some even love the new look too!), but the main issues people seem to be having are with the aesthetics and (lack of) consistency.
In reading lots of opinions and tweets I think that Frank Chimero and Joshua Topolsky have probably made the most sense to me. Frank’s Generosity of Perspective and Joshua’s on The Verge seem to make the most valid and well-considered points, based less on a knee-jerk reaction than some others all to eager to Twitter-bash on Apple.
Circling back to my original point on design intent, it seems that however well (or not) iOS7 has been received Apple’s heart was always in the right place.
A beautiful little animation. Enjoy.
Published February 8, 2013
Animation , Science , Videos
Tags: animation, AsapSCIENCE, chicken, Chicken or egg, egg, Gregory Brown, Mitchell Moffit, proto-chicken, proto-egg, question, video
The age old question: Which came first the chicken or the egg?
Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown from AsapSCIENCE take a look at the perplexing conundrum that has “baffled humanity from as early as the Ancient Greeks”.
So, chicken or proto-chicken? Egg or proto-egg? It seems the real answer has more to do with semantics and our naming system than anything else!
What do you think?
Published August 22, 2012
Lego , Videos
Tags: animation, birthday, creativity, Gotfred Christiansen, imagination, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, Lego, Ole Kirk Christiansen, toy
Here at Inspirational Geek we are huge fans of Lego, as a couple of recent posts (here and here) show, but when I saw the headline that Lego was celebrating its 80th birthday I knew I was in for a treat.
And this animation which recounts the history of the Lego company, and eventual product that we all recognise today, doesn’t disappoint.
Narrated from the perspective of Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, Lego’s current owner, to track the journey and risks that Lego founder Ole Kirk Christiansen and his son Godtfred travelled and took. Utterly brilliant!
The most iconic toy the world has ever seen, inspired to encourage creativity and imagination amongst children. I for one can say that its still inspiring me well into adulthood.
Brilliant stop-motion animation from Steven Briand.
Not your run of the mill character-based stop motion (though there’s absolutely nothing wrong with them!), this caught my eye and stood out because of the exquisite creativity and execution used in the video.
Check out his other work here, particularly “Frictions“.
A fantastic animation from the team at TED-Ed, revealing how folding a piece of paper just 45 times can get you to the moon!
As TED themselves put, the unbelievable potential of exponential growth is indeed a lesson worth sharing.
Via the ever curious exp.lore.
What happens when a couple spend many a sleepless night moving, stacking and animating books at the Type bookstore in Toronto? This lovely video, wonderfully titled The Joy Of Books.
The music, that sounds almost evocative of a magical fairytale, was composed by Grayson Matthews.
Via Swiss Miss.
With today’s launch of Apple’s iPhone 4S, what’s more apt to feature than a rather lovely animation on the history of the iPhone.
“The iPhone might be at the cutting edge of technology but it took a long time and many innovations to get there, take a trip through history and explore the people and technology that contributed to the iPhone becoming what it is today.”
CNET dedicated this video to the memory of Steve Jobs.
As a keen cyclist and general geek of experimenting with new methods to create mesmerising effects, I was particularly taken by Tim Wheatley‘s animation project, The Cyclotrope.
Drawing inspiration from original methods of displaying moving pictures, such as the Zoetrope, Tim has created the aptly named animation as part of his digital animation degree, with eighteen subtly different images spun at just the right speed to create the illusion of animation.
The project has since gone on to feature in an advertising campaign against aids called ‘Move It‘.
Animating Chanel. You’d be forgiven for thinking I’d made a slight typo as you probably wouldn’t consider that luxury make up brand Chanel would be toying with animation of any sorts, let alone to such an effective result.
An autobot-inspired lipstick robot and an eyeliner spider have replaced the traditional faces of Chanel (Nicole Kidman, Kate Moss and Keira Knightley to name but a few) in this concept animation directed by none other than Peter Philips, Chanel’s very own Global Creative Director of Makeup.
Inspired by a range of headdresses Philips created from beauty product packaging (luxury upcycling springs to mind), the animated characters manage to maintain everything that is integral to the Chanel brand. The final result is a journey that exudes luxury and a certain opulence crafted from the figure that simply appears to ‘smoke’ Chanel bubbles, cleverly epitomising the brand whilst stepping forward to embrace new media.
Although Peter Philips is largely responsible for the video, he did let one aspect fall beyond his control. In quite a lovely and human way he confesses, with regard to the accompanying music, that “if it were up to me it would have been disco”. Brilliant.
We’ll probably never know the real answer to this question, but that hasn’t stopped Aardman Animations having a cheeky little guess.
Enjoy. And keep smiling, it’ll be Friday in the morning.