Archive for June, 2008
My advice for the future: Play more video games. Reader Joe Walker recently pointed out the slick in-game menus and motion graphics in Codemasters GRID, and I realized how woefully behind the times I am regarding the practical application of real-time motion graphics as it relates to video games. Motion design is increasingly becoming a key element in video games, blending into UI design and information design.
I couldn’t find good videos of GRID online, but there is a nice review from Gametrailers that includes some decent shots. If you don’t have time for a full seven-minute video, I’ve also made a cut-down version here.
In terms of motion design, GRID isn’t really doing anything new, but it is taking advantage of the amazing real-time graphics processing power packed into today’s gaming consoles. In the comments, I’d love to hear about other games you’ve played that feature motion design. I need to kick-start my collection and do some… uh… research.
NOTE: I contacted Codemasters about their use of in-game motion graphics, but I haven’t heard back from them yet. If anyone has an inside connection there, drop me a line.
Festival reviews are not that common here, but I had such an amazing experience at the 2nd Motion Graphics Review, that I thought it was worth sharing with you folks.
Created and organized by Raúl Casañas (advertiser at Saatchi & Saatchi Healthcare and mograph enthusiast), the Motion Graphics Review is a section of The Huesca Film Festival showcasing the best computer-generated graphics from studios worldwide while bringing creatives together. It is divided into four categories: Ad in Motion, Music in Motion, Personal in Motion and Titles in Motion. The winners of each category received a special prize from STASH Magazine. This year’s edition happened on the 11th and 12th of June in Huesca, a beautiful little town situated 300 km from Barcelona, Spain.
I was fortunate to have one of my projects (done with Ryan Uhrich) selected to be screened, and since the bosses here at Thank You were cool enough to let me take a couple days off (and Radiohead were playing in Barcelona that weekend), I decided to check out the Festival with my own eyes.