Motion design education: MoGraph Mentor
My recent op-ed post, “6 Problems with Motion Design Education,” looked at challenges facing students and educators through the lens of brick-and-mortar design schools. But over the last 20… Read more
Tendril, relaunching and repositioning in a shifting landscape
Toronto-based Tendril relaunched their web presence today, joining the growing number of nimble, mid-sized shops repositioning themselves in response to the hand-writing on the wall: … Read more
The 7 Steps to Animation
No more clueless clients, please. Thanks to Cub Studio’s “7 Steps to Animation,” the process from brief to delivery can be understood by all. Finally, we won’t… Read more
Hybrid by birth: Getting to know Animade
I first became aware of London-based Animade via their iOS game Ready Steady Bang, a twitchy dueler packed with charming animation. They popped up again on… Read more
VR storytelling wars begin, but will anyone be watching?
As predicted in my earth-shattering post, “6 Motion Design Industry Predictions for 2015,” augmented reality (AR) platforms like Magic Leap and Microsoft Hololens and virtual… Read more
Pep Rally is born
PepRally has quietly launched. The studio is part of a growing trend of director/designer/animators creating new opportunities for work that fall outside the normal scope of freelance.… Read more
6 motion design industry predictions for 2015
Somehow, 2015 is here. So I dug up my crystal ball (a Times Square snow globe from 1987), put on some trance-inducing music and visited the… Read more
[NYC] Digital Labor Conference
This weekend in New York, the New School’s Department of Culture & Media is hosting a conference entitled DIGITAL LABOR: SWEATSHOPS, PICKET LINES, BARRICADES. An… Read more
Learn the business of design (and the design of business) from The Skool
If you’re at all interested in the business of design, add The Skool to your radar. Their YouTube channel features honest talks with Chris Do… Read more
New York in Motion documentary now available on Vimeo VOD
Graham Elliott’s “New York in Motion” is now available for rent or purchase via Vimeo’s Video on Demand service. Director/producer Graham Elliott reached out to… Read more
Pearson English: “One”
Although the script is a bit on the dry side, this explainer video from Territory kept my attention with its whimsical cel work and cheerful… Read more
How Pixar, Dreamworks, Lucasfilm and others kept wages artificially low
Wage-suppression conspiracy involved some of the world's most admired tech companies... and animation studios.
Commercial work with boundaries: the commissioned work model
Maintaining creative control and keeping clients happy can feel impossible. Here's an approach that can ease the tension.
Yurcor/The Mill settlement reached in LA, is NY next?
In California, a class action lawsuit against The Mill and Yurcor has been tentatively settled, striking a major blow against Yurcor’s “Employer of Record” service. The… Read more