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Making “The Wisdom of Pessimism”

For his directorial debut, Claudio Salas took on an ambitious challenge: a 2-minute visual essay for the philosopher Alain de Botton’s School of Life project.  What began as… Read more
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Blend Manifesto

From the candy coated palette to its cheery metaphors of rainbows and confetti, the manifesto video for the upcoming Blend conference is bubbling over with the… Read more
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The Fermi Paradox

One of motion design’s greatest powers is its capacity for presenting complex information in compelling, informative ways. But without clear thinking — and clear writing —… Read more
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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
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The Story of a Story

Brikk created this poetic encapsulation of the process behind creating an animation, from pitch to delivery. Credits Brikk Daniel Isedal Edward Moulder Calle Wachtmeister Dencity… Read more
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It’s a Plastic World

This depressing but educational visual essay explains the ubiquity of plastic in our oceans using an interesting low-poly microverse contained in a cube. After you’ve… Read more
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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
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Adobe CMO Stats

The bevy of elegant and sometimes surprising transitions that pepper this explainer video for Adobe never upstage the real star of the video: the red… Read more
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Nvidia Grid VCA: “Wherever Life Takes You”

This buttery smooth explainer video for Nvidia gracefully oscillates between representational and abstract illustrations to communicate its highly technical material. Co-directed by Bureau Hardy Seiler… Read more
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Elements of Design

Matt Greenwood’s buttery smooth “Elements of Design” is a high-speed buffet of some key concepts behind motion graphic design. I’d love to try it as… Read more
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84000 “Words of the Buddha”

Giant Ant creates “Words of the Buddha,” an elegant 2D promo for non-profit 84,000. The non-profit, 84000, has an enormous task ahead of them: tackling… Read more
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How Beer Goggles Work

Leftchannel busts out its traditional animation chops in “How Beer Goggles Work,” a chuckle-worthy visual essay for Men’s Health magazine.
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Modern Love: Fight or Flight

As her relationship with her boyfriend was coming to an end, the writer Sarah L. Courteau grasped for a moment of tenderness between them in… Read more