When TBS, the station of comedy reruns, announced that it had snagged Conan O?Brien, media observers responded with a collective "huh?" But what at first blush seemed like an odd pairing, made perfect sense, not so much for what the network had been but for what it was aiming to become: a network of original programming with a target audience of 25-year-old males. (In other words: goodbye, Sex and the City; hello, Family Guy.) Following its Conan coup, the station has stepped up its rebranding efforts, recently launching a goofy, animated version of its old smile logo.
We're suckers for videos that explain dry-as-dust science in visually dynamic ways. General Electric's "GE Show" bats one out of the park by explaining hybrid dynamic braking -- a system that recaptures the energy from a train's brakes that is usually lost -- using magically animated statistics and artfully wrecked household objects.
All of these images were created in DMesh, a project by Dofl Yun that automatically generates triangle meshes using Delaunay triangulation. You may recognize the aesthetic, as a number of other artists have worked with triangle meshes, but where DMesh shines is in the automation.
DMesh started as a tool to allow people without a design background to make creative images easily.
Do you sing in the shower? Read the dictionary? Surround yourself with stimulating people? If not, you could be missing out on some prime opportunities to hatch your most brilliant, earth-shattering ideas.
Check out this nice little video by TO-FU, a motion graphics studio in Japan, for more suggestions on how to stay creative:
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You may not know it by name, but even non-type-geeks know it when they see it: Gotham, the typeface designed by Hoefler & Frere-Jones, which the Obama campaign used to brand the president during his 2008 campaign. Now it’s 2012 and we’re gonna be seeing a lot more Gotham from the Obama camp. But not just them. Ron Paul’s political action committee has dramatized an incendiary, Obama-criticizing speech that Paul gave using animated typography . . .
What is motion design? That’s the question posed by an intriguing short film by Motion + Design, a nonprofit organization that wants to open a museum of animated graphic design in Paris. A mini-Louvre dedicated to the art history of network idents and feature film credits sequences?