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Jun 19, 2017

Awesome Video of the Day: A Mesmerizing Journey through the Center of a Tree

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. 

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Nov 02, 2016

You Want to Explore the National Archives' Huge Collection of Vintage GIFs

Oh, just imagine the possibilities...
The National Archives and Records Administration recently opened up a new wing of their department by partnering with Giphy. That's right, our government branch tasked with preserving the media that documents the American experience is now transferring its seminal work into GIFs...   

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Aug 12, 2016

Take A Break: 5 Animated Shorts Worth Watching

DuelI'm a fan of animated shorts. They're moving and inspiring, and usually just long enough to give your brain a rest without checking out entirely. So click here and check 'em out. 

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Sep 08, 2014

Woodworker Creates Awesome Stop-Motion Videos of Furniture Making Itself

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.   

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Jul 24, 2014

Creamlapse: A Mesmerizing Time-Lapse Video of Melting Frozen Treats

 

A perfect - and curiously engaging - video to watch on a summer afternoon.    

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May 07, 2013

Video: A Bow Tie Teaches You How to Tie, Um, Itself

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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:    

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May 07, 2013

From Digital to Analog: Turn Your Vine Videos into Flipbooks

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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!

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May 06, 2013

A Stop-Motion History of Typography

created at: 05/06/2013Graphic designer and media-maker Ben Barrett-Forest made this excellent animated video detailing the history of typography. It's plenty educational, and all kinds of fun to watch:    

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May 02, 2013

The World's Smallest Movie: A Stop-Motion Animation of Individual Atoms

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.   

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Jan 30, 2013

An Animated Gif that Shows How a Key Opens a Standard Lock

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.    

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Dec 18, 2012

Video: A Delightful History of the Animated GIF, in 2 Minutes

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

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Jul 24, 2012

Mesmerizing Vintage-Inspired Motion Graphics by Matthew DiVito

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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.

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Jun 27, 2012

Real Hot Chocolate

Toronto-based photographer Dorota Pankowska wanted some hot chocolate. So, she made some.  

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May 07, 2012

City Diorama on an iPhone [Video]

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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.

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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.  

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Apr 27, 2012

This is My Favorite Thing of the Week

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Even after all these years, the second

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Mar 19, 2012

Famous Cartoon Characters Reimagined as Minimalist LEGO Art

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?)

   

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Mar 14, 2012

Video: "Fresh Guacamole," a Charming Stop-Motion Short by PES

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:  

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Mar 13, 2012

Modern Movie Posters for Classic Cartoons

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."

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Mar 09, 2012

Music Video Made from Over 12,000 Pieces of Construction Paper

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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...

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The stop-motion animation uses photographs from over 12,000 pieces of construction paper used to animate a surreal nighttime drive.  

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Feb 29, 2012

Him Her: A Relationship in Type

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Creative director Nessim Higson and animator/editor Joe Fleming have created Him Her, a delightful short filmabout the importance of communication in relationships.

The pair use simple kinetic typography and a sparse set of words to

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