‘Whitby,’ a stop-motion music video by The Octopus Project

The Octopus Project - Whitby

Austin-based band The Octopus Project‘s latest music video, ‘Whitby,’ is an excellent piece of stop motion animation, starring a bunch of dancing geometric shapes hanging out in a library, kitchen, and other ordinary locations. It was created, shot, and directed entirely by the band themselves, who also have a hand in a lot of the art involved in their packaging and live visuals.

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Skip Hursh

October 3, 2013 / By

‘Franchise,’ a New Animated Alphabet from Animography

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Animography - Franchise Animated

Giving 110 animators freedom to do whatever they want in a single collaborative project could be a recipe for disaster. With Franchise, the latest release for animated type series Animography, the results are far from disastrous. Given the constraints of duration, dimensions, color, and and a single set of letterforms, the resulting animated typeface is a stunning combination of diverse styles and animation techniques.

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August 12, 2013 / By

Hyper-real, Minimalist Food Photography by Bobby Doherty

Bobby Doherty

Bobby Doherty

Brooklyn-based Photographer Bobby Doherty makes powerfully stylized images out of ordinary, familiar objects. His distinctive approach to photography creates images that are almost hyperreal: photos that look like paintings of photos. This makes sense as his studio photography work involves some level of digital manipulation and a tendency toward turning objects into patterns and textures through arrangement and composition.

Bobby Doherty

There’s a wonderful graphic sensibility throughout these images that is rooted in bright, flat colors and an emphasis on the material, tactile quality of their subjects. Even his more casual-looking shots have a restrained and detached sense about them. He manages to make a pile of garbage look as engaging as an arrangement of donuts. I love the way his images bring beauty to the mundane. Check out more of his work here.

Bobby Doherty

Bobby Doherty

Bobby Doherty

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July 23, 2013 / By

Alexander Purdy’s Hand-Crafted Visions of Nature

Alexander Purdy

Creating loose, abstract, imperfect compositions can be a frustrating task that sometimes results in a piece that looks like it was produced by a toddler (no offense to toddlers; their work is frequently brilliant). Illustrator Alexander Purdy brings a level of refinement and seeming effortlessness to this loose brand of illustration that dips in and out of abstraction and imperfection to create beautifully hand-crafted images.

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June 7, 2013 / By

Fantastic Animated Summer ID Spot for Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network Summer ID Spot

Cartoon Network Summer ID Spot

Exquisite Corpse games produce surprising, bizarre, and often interesting results, especially under loose but clear constraints. Cartoon Network’s new summer ID spot takes the writing and drawing game into the fully animated realm, commissioning 6 different animators to create 10-second chunks which were then stitched together seamlessly to create a vibrant onslaught of hand-drawn animation.

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Skip Hursh

June 4, 2013 / By

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