The Moth Collective: Modern Love

At this point anyone who follows my posts will think I sound like a broken record, but… The Moth Collective does it again! This time for The New York Times and their Modern Love column.

The Moths are no stranger to great work, this being their third stunning long-format animation in 2015 alone. If you haven’t seen them yet, make sure to watch Hias and Planet Under Pressure.

The Moth Collective is a shining example of three individuals going out on their own, fighting the good fight, and making work that is not only amazing but has integrity.

‘A Kiss, Deferred’ is our contribution to the New York Times’ Modern Love column, based on a true story written by Nikolina Kulidžan. The full article can be read here:

Designed and directed by Moth Collective
Produced by Nicholas van der Kolk
Written by Nikolina Kulidžan
Animation: Marcus Armitage, Joe Bichard, Jonathan Djob Nkondo, Noriko Ishibe, Eamonn O’ Neill, Claudio Salas, Marie-Margaux Tsakiri-Scanatovits
Sound Design: Nicholas van der Kolk
Client: The New York Times
Production year: 2015

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About the author

Joe Donaldson

Joe Donaldson is a director, designer, and animator who worked on Motionograpgher from 2014-2020. Previously, he was an art director at Buck. Over the past decade, he's lived and worked in Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles and has directed work for clients such as Apple, Google, Instagram, The New York Times, Unicef, Etsy, and The New Yorker. In addition to his creative work, in 2018 he started Holdframe. He's now working as a professor at Ringling College of Art and Design and when not teaching he can be found spending time with his family or out running.


Dominique Elliott

Joe, I do love that broken record of yours. Keep it playing.
What a powerful story/history in the midst of a civil war.


Amazing work, Moth Collective!


Those guys really have a feeling for storrytelling illusration and timing as well.

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