The Cockroach: The Best That Nature Has Done?

Have you ever wondered what the toughest creature on earth was? We’ve found it, and you don’t need to look further than the common cockroach. This entertaining bit of motion graphic work put together by Hungry Beast (ABC Australia) details the many surprising and exceptional qualities of this persistent and under appreciated insect.

Beautiful Fashion Photography That Moves

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 and also Kevin Burg’s blog which is full of clever animation.

Visual Bits #50 > Embrace

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Infographics In Music Videos

Music videos have been an integral part of the music industry since they rose to prominence in the 80s, and the popularity of music videos on the internet continues to make them fashionable today. Some of the techniques filmmakers use include: live action, animation, documentary, and abstract film. The blending of these various styles have turned the music video into an art form — with infographics becoming another popular tool filmmakers can use to achieve their desired results.

How Much Do We Spend On Food?

In these days of credit cards, debit cards, multiple bank accounts and a multitude of other money options, it can be pretty tough to figure out where all your money is going. Mint will not only track and total all your accounts instantly, while conveniently displaying the info on a single web page or your smart phone, but it also allows you to break down your spending into it’s exact type. You can set budgets and warnings for each category, from gasoline to fast food. After last months restaurant blowout, yours truly is eating healthier and shopping smarter.

This motion graphic utilizes aggregated (and anonymous) data based on the average Mint user’s spending on coffee, fast food, groceries, restaurants and alcohol.

A Dark and Epic Music Video Battle

This beautiful clip is the newest creation of the multi-talented director Yoann Lemoine. Besides proving himself with this dark, tense and captivating clip, he also composed the title track “Iron” under his sudonym Woodkid. Lemoine continues to put out high quality everything, making him something of a one-man-band of creativity.

The Gettysburg Address in Motion

This moving example of motion graphics revisits one of the best known speeches in United States history, the Gettysburg Address. Coming after a decisive turning point in the American Civil War (in which the North took superiority) the speech is now considered one of the finest examples of oration in history. Abraham Lincoln was able to summarize the entire war in just ten sentences and in the process redefined the war as a struggle not merely for the Union, but as “a new birth of freedom” that would bring true equality to all of its citizens.

This video with it’s clever transitions and ominous war-like mood does the speech justice.

An Animated Introduction to Genetics

This short film explores the history and science behind genetics and genomics. Starting in the early days with Gregor Mendel’s observation of genes to todays understanding of DNA and the genetic code the film is packed full of data and worth a number of viewings. Luckily with the nice motion graphics work, it’s as easy to watch as listen.

Visual Bits #23 > Radio. Head.

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Imagination at Mini: Not So Small

Just announced at the Geneva Auto show, Mini has a new concept car out. It features some really clever details like a tailgate that will hold your snowboard and double folding doors that help in tight spaces. But, the main reason you’ll find this featured here is the amazing video Post Panic put together to promote the car. The mixed media film combines live action with 2d/3d animation, motion graphics, stock footage and visual effects for a really clever spin around the Mini design office. Whatever your opinion about the new Mini’s styling, the advertising is tops!