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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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Norges Bank: The making of Norway's new banknote

If ever there was a model graphic design process, this would be it. Norges Bank released a beautifully shot video which explains the whole design and production process of their brand new bank note from start to finish which is being brought into circulation this year - how frightfully exciting.

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Super Museums Animation

Excellent execution in animation design - these super cool animations of museums, some of which I've been lucky enough to have visited, really stand out in aesthetic beauty. 

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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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Don't Blink

Sound marries motion TO THE MAX. Don't Blink is an exciting example of taking the traditional 'type in motion' format into a new dimension. 

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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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IMANDRA by Aesthetic Integration

David Hobizal and Sissy Emmons Hobizal designed and developed this 'minimal' motion info-graphic for financial technology start-up - Aesthetic Integration, titled IMANDRA - "The worlds first formal verification solution

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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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Nicolas Feltron : The Ideas Economy

I’ve been a admirer of Mr Nicholas Feltron's design path ever since I came across his data driven design work a few years back now. Feltron is a recognised 'Data Visualiser' and bona fide Info-Graphic Designer for Journalism and Academia, I just want to express,  just briefly about how it makes me react as a designer myself, observing his way of thinking. 

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Universal Everything : Media Wall

Breaking the mould, again — Universal Everything have been on my radar for a number of years now as media-design pusher collective driven by Matt Pyke. On this occasion the client is Deutsche Bank. Their headquarters in Hong Kong have been blessed with the largest pixel dimension screen ever with a beautiful arrangement of coded graphics developed by field.io.

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