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i Spy Doc

iSpy (With My Five Eyes) is an interactive documentary which explores the current state of cybersecurity, revealing how a global spy network affects us in the most unexpected ways. The responsive site presents the content in a 5 chapter menu broken down into stories about the history of the Five Eyes; cyber warfare and espionage, the chilling effect, terrorists and what the future holds.

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Dixon Baxi and Eurosport - Home of The Olympics

Dixon Baxi have created the full visual communication brand guidelines for the next 8 years for both the winter and summer Olympics from On-Air and Digital through to Environmental. In a great execution of simplicity and energy they claim ‘The Podium’ is the foundation for their brand experience - on every platform, an icon which is a common feature between the two polar opposite seasons - summer and winter.

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Google : Project Fi

A short, clever minimalistic animation from Oddfellows. Project Fi is a mobile virtual network operator by Google, providing phone, messaging and data services using both Wi-Fi and cellular networks. This message is conveyed simply through light delicate shape layer animations reinforced with intelligent sound interjections making a very strong short piece of visual communication. Completely unobtrusive and honest, this simple aesthetic treatment is a trend at the moment, but definitely makes an impact on the senses. 

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What is Bloomberg?

Bloomberg has been producing some engaging info-graphic, moving image promos and brand videos for some time now, this spot really caught my attention, a beautifully animated, super rich aesthetic showcases a powerful piece of moving image design, it's certainly a step forward in the use of 3D physics.

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Breakthrough Nat Geo

An exceptional promo for the Breakthrough series for National Geographic produced at Prodigal pictures (Danny Yount) from 6 different directors though (?). Transitions in this are just awesome, level of detail is something to be admired and a very clever response to the program subject. Not many promos give me goosebumps. Some very talented motion designers worked on this - Chris Bjerre, Toros Kose.

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Life Below Zero

Andy Baker from SVP/Group Creative Director at the National Geographic Channels directed this spot for Life Below Zero. I love the emotion and contrast in this piece with the powerful use of typography.

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Volkswagen X

Love this short but very effective Volkswagen advert by YoonDesign. They reinterpreted turning on a car and phone based on the interior interface of a Volkswagen GTI. Subtle, minimal and to the point with an element of theatre.

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Forms In Nature

This beautifully illustrated piece from Chromosphere (LA) is a meditative audio-visual animation marking mankind's scientific feats and the world as a natural wonder. This film gives you a deep connection with science and nature through layers of shape and colour, it is Incroyable! 

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Onesize: Brain Games

Onesize were one of the reasons I became so interested in visual communication through film and motion design, I first became aware of them around 2006, even though they'd been going for 5 years previously, I loved what they were doing then and they're still pumping out really great work. In awe.

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Winter on Fire Main Titles

A beautifully executed title design and information design piece from director Patrick Clair. A dark and somber mood contained in this sequence with Clair's trademark journalistic style of melancholy giving the viewer a purposefully chilling experience while providing context and narrative. This documentary film 'Winter on Fire' tells the story of the recent political unrest in Ukraine.

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TaherInvest

This 'brand story' piece of TaherInvest led by Micheal Rigby tackles things differently, in motion graphics we see so many of these spots that follow similar frameworks, this approach had something left field. Stylistically, it's bold, sophisticated and shows depth while giving the viewer a feel of contemporary cinema.

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Klarna Data Wall

An engaging, clean and elegant design of data representation made by Onformative (a generative design studio) for Klarna, and online payment company based in Stockholm in Sweden. The data wall is the focal point of their recently built HQ in the central business area of the city. 

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FITC Tokyo 2015 Titles

Incredible attention to detail in this mesmerising title sequence for FITC Tokyo by diector Ash Thorp. Utilising a glitch infested typographical display, it aligns and connects with Japan's rich tech culture and reflects the busyness and chaos of a city like Tokyo, but at the same time holds a sense of sophistication emulated through abstract composition, while holding a sense of preciseness.

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