Swiss photographer Fabian Oefner’s latest project is sure to impress with its vibrant and colorful paints in motion. Titled “Black Hole,” Fabian added acrylic paints to a metal rod which he then connected to a drill. He got his camera ready, turned the drill on and voilà! He captured the images of the paint in its initial motion before flying all over the place. While a simple technique overall, the results are stunning and visually enjoyable. [Read more...]
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Our world is continually coming up with new ways to use its resources and technological advancements to use them more efficiently. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that there are still people in the world incapable of creating enough food for their families and communities to thrive or sometimes even survive. Helping developing and low-income nations step into modern times has been a constant challenge for decades, and expanding access to clean energy is a key component of global development efforts. But, how are we going to do this? This motion graphic created by Powering Agriculture, an initiative of the United States Agency of International Development (USAID), looks at how clean energy technology can be the answer. [Read more...]
Remember those HP ads from a while back — the ones where peoples images popped into picture frames as if by magic? These two clever guys, Ben Boutwell and Steve Alan, have revamped the idea in a super fun and endearing video that is quickly catching on around the net. Filmed in Hawaii, the duo’s version packs a lot of clever transitions into its short, one minute running time. [Read more...]
Designer Nathaniel Whitcomb has teamed up with Brooklyn, NY based band Holy Spirits to create a series of motion collages set to the bands music. Whitcomb uses images from 1970s-era National Geographic magazines to create his compositions. He began the partnership by sending one of his collages to Holy Spirits on an impulse; the band liked them so much they asked him to produce motion collages for every track off their new EP, The Afternoon’s Blood.
Although many fashion photographers strive for lifelike images, or at least a fantasy that looks real, photographer Jamie Beck and motion graphic artist Kevin Burg have teamed up and are truly helping breath new life into fashion photography. Using video clips taken by Beck’s well trained eye, Burg then stitches together a few select frames into a looping animated GIF — creating a scene caught in one beautiful instant. Be sure to swing by Jamie Beck’s excellent photography blog (and so much more) at fromme-toyou.tumblr.com and also Kevin Burg’s blog kevin.tumblr.com which is full of clever animation.
Just last night Australian surfer Mark Visser made other big wave riders look like they could step up their game, challenging giant waves in inky black darkness. With a custom-built lighted surfboard and floatation vest, Visser was towed into the famous Maui surf at 2am and professionally rode the 15 foot breaking wave. The spectacle is all part of a film he is currently making called 9 Lives. You can find out more on his website at markvisser.com [Read more...]
Our Mr. Sun is a campy scientific video from 1956 expounding on the many wonders of our galaxy’s very own star. Combining live action with animation, it features creative infographics describing the influence of the sun on humankind. Check out the graph of population growth at 35:15 and new ideas about solar technology. We’ve come a long, long way.
The film was originally telecast in 1956 and 1957 to 9 million homes; some 600 16mm prints were distributed to schools and community organizations.
Highlighting the drastic changes that are occurring in society centering around the roles of the sexes, the people at TED Talks recently organized a series titled TEDWomen. This series of talks highlight the ways that women are now shaping the world in ever greater ways; bringing new insights and perspectives to both the business and domestic front. Today, we bring you five videos from the series starting with a talk by Tony Porter on what it really means to be a man.
As children, we often dream of flying up and touching the clouds; looking skyward, they seem almost within reach. Now, through a collaboration between Japanese architect Tetsuo Kondo and German climate engineering firm Transsolar, that dream has become reality. By using three different levels of air with different temperatures and humidities the team has successfully created a cloud that hangs like magic on the roof of the space. Visitors to the 800 square meter room at the Architecture Biennale Arsenale exhibition travel up, through and above the clouds on spiraling ramps. It’s as if they’ve been given wings.