I recently came across a cool little animation by dutch agency KesselsKramer and went straight to their website to see more. I must say I was completely speechless upon entering their site as I had somehow ended up on a site for western hats. So I checked the link again and this time ended up on a site with lots of beards. That’s when I got it, and it totally cracked me up. I think I can safely say that their website is the worst I have ever seen, but also one of the funniest. What amazes me is the amount of work that has gone into making these horrible sites. I don’t know how they ever get any clients, but at the same time I am TOTALLY lovin’ it! I wonder if anyone smoked a biiiiiit too much Amsterdam weed. Hit refresh a few times and see what you hit. You will be equally amazed by their office in a former church.
See more eyesores: http://kesselskramer.com/
Watch their animation for dutch tele show Het Klokhuis:
Filed under: Graphic Design, Inspiration, Motion and Video | Tags: Animation, Brands, Logo
If you need a break during the day take a 15 minute time out and watch the short film Logorama, an animation film done purely with logos. It’s quite funny and without unveiling too much I can definetely say that the choice of villain in this action packed police drama is spot on! I also love the originality of how the logos are introduced, notice Nickelodeon and Metro Goldwyn Mayer! It’s briliant!
Visist H5 the creators of Logorama.
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WOW! If you have not yet seen this little number from the New Zealand Book Council then you are in for a treat. Colenso BBDO and Andersen M Studios made this beautiful video to promote books and reading. I think it’s such a clever yet very straight forward way of getting their point across. When you read a book the story really does come alive using you own imagination and I think this movie portrays that perfectly.
I came across the new Absolut Vodka ad the other day and was amazed how Sagmeister-ish it was. I wonder if they wanted him to do it but were turned down due to Sagmeister having his re-accuring year off. So maybe they just thought “Let’s do a Sagmeister thing anyway”. Either way, TBWA made a beautiful commercial but I think it’s too close to the obvious inspiration (Stefan Sagmeister’s “Things I Have Learned In My Life So Far”).
There are various theories in the industry as to why Absolut would do something so close to Sagmeister’s signature style. Some people think it’s an obvious gimmick to draw attention and get viral effect from people discussing it online (in which case I’m jumping right in). But if that’s the case I think it would be a lot more sympathetic to do a really great creative ad to draw attention on it’s own, rather then relying on negativity due to plagiarism to do it for them.
Let me know what you think.
The Absolut ad:
Two Sagmeister examples:
Filed under: Motion and Video
I don’t feature film often but I think I must feature my fave director of all time, Mr. Jonathan Glazer. Ever since I saw his video for “Street Spirit” by my fave band Radiohead I was a fan. He has made loads of fantastic work since, musicvideos, commercials and films, and recently did a very controversial video for Jack White’s new band The Dead Weather. I love this video showing a rather graphic portrail of two lovers quarrel. Be sure to check out other work on YouTube, here’s just a few.
Check out Brooklyn based designer and illustrator Bryce Wymer. I love his sketchbook compositions but he has also done amazing motion work in cooperation with my fave motion agency Digital Kitchen. When I see his sketchbooks I am tempted to repeat something George Hardie said once at a conference “I don’t keep a notebook, but I think everyone else should!”
Filed under: Motion and Video
If you, like me, have a weakness for opening sequences you should drop by The Art of the Title Sequence. A blog dedicated to showing great title work. You can find everything from legendary Seven titles to older Saul Bass work, brilliant! Shown hereunder is 23 and Catch Me If You Can.
See more: http://www.artofthetitle.com/