Cutting open a log or thick board is one of the most rewarding feelings a DIYer or woodworker can experience. Who knows what the grain will look like? Who knows if you'll find a burl, a beautiful sapwood/heartwood transition, or a knot you'll be proud to feature, not hide? Beneath all that bark lies a world to be discovered, a geode of cellulose waiting to be explored.
Right? Well...sometimes. Or, you can split something open only to find punky, foamy wood, damage from bugs, or just boring, boring grain.
Woodworker and film maker Frank Horvath maintains an excellent YouTube channel discussing some of the details, tools, and design aspects that goes into his craft.
Over the last year, he's released two of these stunning stop-motion animated videos telling the story of furniture being milled, cut, shaped, and assembled, without dialogue...or human hands.
The Hill-side, a Brooklyn-based necktie and pocket square company, created this sweet animated video where a bow tie teaches you how to tie itself. It's got a great old school Sesame Street-style vibe, and actually manages to be quite informative, cause there aren't any hands to get in the way.
Trust me, you want to watch this:
A few months ago Vine took over the short-video scene with its social platform that allows users to create mini clips of pretty much anything; cats, recipes, incessant harlem shakes, even fashion shows. Great, so "what's next?" you might ask. Well, now you can turn your videos into flipbooks!
Animation is nothing more than arranging relatively stable things, taking a picture, and then moving and doing it again, frame by frame. Some artists use pen and ink, some clay, some real world objects. This creative team of IBM researchers decided to use atoms. Atoms!? A. toms.
This might be old news to some, but I'll cop to the fact that I had more-or-less zero idea how a key and lock actually works. Something with tumblers and cylinders and somethingorother...
And then, I watched this animated gif, and everything makes perfect sense, and I feel sorta silly for not knowing it before.
The Atlantic blog offers this tribute to the animated GIF - the once maligned but now embraced moving "still" photo. Last week, there was an entire festival dedicated to the GIF as "high art."
This two-minute video was produced in conjunction with the festival. It "chronicles the graphic interchange format’s journey from the late 1980s through the dot com bubble up to today’s multi-platform media world -- in claymation. Not only did the GIF pave the way for future digital art memes, but even the savviest of media creators cannot decide whether to pronounce it with a hard or soft ‘g’."
The answer? "Inventor Steve Whilhite pronounced it
Boston-based graphic artist and designer Matther DiVito has created these fantastic geometric animations that remind me of the little production studio tags at the end of the education TV shows we watched as kids in the 80s - like the end of 3-2-1 Contact or those "The More You Know" bits from Saturday morning.
I love coming across a stellar piece of student work. It just makes me excited that there's always a new crop of amazing artists and designers coming along to inspire us with their risk taking and creativity.
Los Angeles-based animator Mike Ko created this stunning video of an animated city scene that takes place on top of an iPhone as one of his graduation pieces from Otis College of Art and Design. The 24 second long video, which is at the end of this post, took 3 months to complete, start to finish.
Phew...what a weird post to try to title. But one look at these photos, and you'll get exactly what German ad agency Jung von Matt created for Danish toy brick makers, LEGO. (Yeah, they're from Denmark. Neat, huh?)
Adam Pesapane, known as PES, is a talented animator known for his use of real 3D objects to suggests the colors and shapes of, er, other actual things. You may know his excellent "Spaghetti Western," or the "Human Skateboard" commercials from a few years ago.
This week, PES, released another short, "Fresh Guacamole" in which a grenade filled with Play-Doh and a billiard ball avocado, a baseball/gaming dice onion, and Monopoly house jalapeño get mashed to become a tasty guac served with fresh poker chips.
Click play to watch the video:
For the past year, artist Tom Whalen has been working a series of new contemporary posters for some of the classic cartoons throughout the history of animation. Printed and sold by the Austin-based movie poster publisher Mondo, these works, "generally sell out within minutes of being offered online—these guys are literally printing money."
Are you a fan of the musician Josh Ritter? Because, I'd wager that after seeing the music video for his song Love is Making Its Way Back Home you will be...
The stop-motion animation uses photographs from over 12,000 pieces of construction paper used to animate a surreal nighttime drive.