Google I/O Conference Countdown (2018)

Nicolas Ménard

From the creator:

A countdown for three screens commissioned by Google. It kicked off their 2018 Google I/O Developer Conference, which took place at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View.

On the center screen is a playful series of transitions between numbers from the Google Sans typeface, drawn frame by frame in Adobe Animate. On the side screens, a system of 60 patterns (5 families of 12 patterns each) were edited to highlight the rhythm of the drums.

The soundtrack was composed and performed by Tom Haines of Brains & Hunch. It features all sorts of percussions, including Chinese toms toms, Chinese cymbals, gongs, African log drums, skulls, cowbells, a variety of mallets and a 6 foot tall taiko drum.

Watch the live version on YouTube:


Client: Google
Production Company: Nexus Studios
Executive Producers: Chris O'Reilly & Charlotte Bavasso
Producers: Mariano Melman & Kirsty Ratcliffe
Project Manager: Lucy Caetano

Direction & Design: Nicolas Ménard
2D Animation: Pablo Lozano, Amanda Holm, James Turzynski
Additional Artworking: Dani Bethel
Special Effects: Elliott Kajdan
Comping: Daniel Romero

Music: Brains & Hunch
Recorded in London at Air Edel
Sound Design & Mixing: Fonic