Posts Tagged 'animation'

Analogue Loaders

Loader icons are a frustrating necessity in the digital world.

Most OS or computer programmes require them in one form or another to let you know that whatever it is you have asked the software to do is actually being done or processed.  But a lot of the time they represent a “digital limbo”, offering little information into the actual progress of the task and often just implying that your computer has crashed.

Borne from the frustration of this, Raphael Vangelis (who admits to spending of his life “swearing at the computer because it’s crashed or isn’t working”) created this incredible animation, capturing well known loader icons and turning them “into something analogue and playful”.

The result is an homage to all the lost time we collectively spend in digital limbo in the hopes of sudden development on our screen.

How many can you recognise?

I got about half of them.  The rest I either didn’t recognise in time, or was simply mesmerised by the detail involved in crafting each one!

Be sure to take a look at some of Raphael’s other work, and of course the making of video for Analogue Loaders (which reveals the answers to what each of the icons where).

I certainly do not have the patience or tenacity involved for such detailed stop motion animation.  Bravo, Raphael!


LA Gifathon

I’ve finally recovered from my Ultra Marathon (10 days in The Algarve helped!) and I’m back to blogging with something superb from animation director James Curran (eagle-eyed readers may find the name familiar from this a few years ago).

James spent a month in Los Angeles during the summer and animated a new GIF every day for 30 days inspired by something that happened during his stay there.

The resulting LA Gifathon is simply excellent!

Slick and detailed animations which are both amusing and very clever!  Great work.

How Did Feathers Evolve?

How did feathers evolve?  Not something I’ve ever really considered, but now that you mention it, I don’t know of one of those ape-to-human evolution images for feathers.  So, how did they?

Feathers are wonderfully intricate and versatile features.  Often considered delicate, they offer a robust ability to camouflage, impress potential mates, waterproof, insulate, and assist in flight.

Quite a marvel of attributes they can bring to a species and, as Carl Zimmer explains in this animation, it all started with seemingly “accidental physics” that took place 50 million years ago.

The animation was created by the talented Armella Leung and you can see some more TED-Ed lessons from Carl Zimmer here.

Johnny Express

An absolutely brilliant animation by Alfred Imageworks to end the week on.

It’s 2150. There are all sorts of aliens living throughout space. Johnny is a Space Delivery Man who travels to different planets to deliver packages. Johnny is lazy and his only desire is to sleep in his autopilot spaceship. When the spaceship arrives at its destination, all he has to do is simply deliver the box.  However, it never goes as planned.

It has this wonderful sort of early-Wallace-and-Gromit-meets-Futurama-esque vibe to it.  Really fantastic stuff.

Via Creative Boom.


Designed By Apple – Intention

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.

Chicken Or The Egg?

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?

The Lego Story

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.

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