“Bananas” by Julian Frost
In an effort to master circle transitions, this artist chose to create and animate a series of recognizable masks. Not only is the design work impressive but I believe the circle transitions have been mastered in style!
A couple things are worth paying attention to here. Notably, the different ways in which the lab guys, the Everrun material blobs, and the jogging mannequin are rendered. The first has no shadows, the second has hard shadows but no gradients, the third has gradients, yet they all successfully inhabit the same environment.
These IDs didn’t see air, and I think I can see why; they would be politically difficult to green-light. That being said, they are keenly astute and super fun. My fave: Kanye!
Nationwide’s rather ungainly logo takes center stage in this set of idents, but nicely accented illustrations and lots of humor make each piece charming.
I’m continually impressed by promotional material that celebrates an artist who specializes in one medium (in this case Stephane Lavoué is a photographer) but do it using a completely different medium (in this case animation).
Reductive illustration styles are a favorite of mine. Stripping an object down to it’s barest bones, then reinterpreting that form with some creative flair is no easy task. Le Cube proves they’ve got the chops.
We’ve been hearing about the smart home for a couple of years now, but the concept is difficult for some folks to fully grasp. Here the big player in the space, Nest, tries to allay your fears with this precise and concise promo about their products and how they all communicate with each other.
CHRLX has been exploring new logo designs, and has released a montage of many different animated variations. With over 20 different logos and animations, CHRLX certainly gets an overhaul on their brand. If you are looking to redesign your logo, or are working on a logo redesign for someone else, this is certainly a great place to look for inspiration.
Disney XD continues their awesome idents with Golden Wolf, this time honoring “Star Wars.” The design captures the movie very well, incorporating familiar elements throughout the animation but in Golden Wolf’s cartoon style. I love the complexity of everything, with dynamic camera moves and flowing transitions. Hopefully this is not the only Star Wars ident we see!