‘Box’, a short video that explores real and digital space through projection-mapping onto moving surfaces

'Box', a short film that explores real and digital space through projection-mapping onto moving surfaces

Captured entirely in camera. That’s the key thing to remember while watching this short film from Bot & Dolly (with help from GMUNK) simply titled Box. This in my opinion is a great example of truly contemporary art. A fusion of technology, Op Art, and a choreographed stage performance, the complexity of this video is truly incredible.

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Bobby Solomon

September 24, 2013 / By

“Designed Together”, a colorful new commercial for the iPhone 5C

Last week, Apple officially released iOS 7 as well as the colorful iPhone 5C, marrying the product and the operating system into a cohesive thought. This is the first time that Jonny Ive has had creative control over both the hardware and the software, and as you’ll see in the commercial below it’s a cohesive thought that the iPhone has needed for a while now.

I’m a huge fan of iOS 7, I have been since the beta, but it’s been great to see the reaction of friends and family to it as well. So far I’ve heard nothing but good things about it, heck, even my mom thinks it’s great looking.

Apple iPhone 5C

Bobby Solomon

September 23, 2013 / By

Glen Ryan’s infrared time-lapse video of the Australian landscape

Glen Ryan's infrared time-lapse video of the Australian landscape

Beautifully shot, time-lapse videos of nature are fairly common these days. With digital video cameras getting more and more powerful it’s more about having the will and taking the time to create a beautiful project than the lack of tools to create it. So I wanted to find something that was a little bit different from the rest, and I think Glen Ryan may have created the perfect thing.

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Bobby Solomon

September 13, 2013 / By

‘Skhizein’, a short film about a man who’s 91cm from himself

'Skhizein' by Jeremy Clapin

What if, on any random day, you were suddenly strike by a giant meteor… that no one saw? And let’s say the meteor spatially moved your physical form 91cm away from where it should be? Would anyone believe you? Or would everyone think you’re crazy?

That’s the idea behind this short film by Jeremy Clapin called Skhizein. It’s kind of an odd story, but that’s also why it’s so charming. Plus the animation is extremely well done, especially the details of the main character charting out his perceived world in his apartment. Just watch it, you’ll understand.

Bobby Solomon

August 22, 2013 / By

Type Nerds, eat your heart out over “The History of Typography”

Ben Barrett-Forrest's “The History of Typography”

This is a little overdue but if you haven’t seen Ben Barrett-Forrest’s “The History of Typography” video, you must. I came across this video a few months ago and promptly proposed to him via Twitter out of nerdy adoration. (He said yes!)

The Canadian designer and self-proclaimed type nerd, decided the world was lacking in good typography videos. Over 140 hours, 291 paper letters and 2,454 photographs later, he’d filled the void. Barrett-Forrest used traditional stop-motion techniques to illustrate how printed type came to be and how it has evolved since its start. The video gives background to italics, serifs and various categories of sans. The video felt like a condensed version of Simon Garfield’s Just My Type to me and will make for a great tool in beginning typography and design classes.

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Carli Krueger

August 21, 2013 / By

Mikey Please’s ‘The Eagleman Stag’ is a Triumph of Storytelling and Stop Motion

The Easleman Stag - A Film by Michael Please

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about time. I’m sure I’m not the only one. I imagine everyone has those moments of existential panic where they worry that soon everything will trickle away. Perhaps you’re concerned that you’ve made the wrong decisions in life or maybe you’re worried that the older you get the less options you have in front of you. It’s a dark and worrying concern but it’s also a healthy part of being human. I like to imagine it’s what keeps us on our toes.

I’m not the only one concerned with my life slipping away. In fact, the British animator Mikey Please was so concerned about our quickening perception of time that he created an incredible animated short about it. The resulting film is an absolute triumph and a definitive ‘must watch’.

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Philip Kennedy

August 15, 2013 / By

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