Animation is perhaps the most laborious of art forms. The processes involved are incredibly slow right from the start; find a concept, storyboard it, storyboard it again for good measure, produce an animatic, and that’s all before you even start making the final thing. We have a lot of respect for animators and their saint-like patience, especially when they produce stuff like this…
Back to the Start Johnny Kelly
We can all agree that advertising for fast food chains is almost universally crap. The smiley uniformed staff singing and dancing with their perfectly formed burgers laminated in plastic bear almost no resemblance to the icy reception and heap of half-rotten mulch you get on arrival at one of their establishments. So we were surprised, relieved and delighted when we saw Johnny Kelly’s recent campaign for Mexican chain Chipotle, which managed to make us immediately interested in a chain we knew nothing about and whole-heartedly buy into their environmentally friendly ethos. For this reason Back to the Start stands out from the crowd this year.
Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared This Is It
Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared plays out like a haunted episode of Sesame Street, it starts out friendly enough but quickly descends into an anarchic sprawl of meat and paint before finally warning us: “Never be creative again”. Don’t believe me? See for yourself.
The Shrine/An Argument Sean Pecknold
Within about three seconds of this film starting you know you’re watching something very special indeed. The delicate colour palette and elegant movements all point to an incredible creative talent, while the stag protagonist has the same majesty as Bambi’s dad. A winning combination already. The addition of typically brilliant Fleet Foxes harmonies over the top cements this as one of the standout pieces of animation this year.
- Camelot’s typefaces bring both the contemporary and historical to the table
- Scott Newett’s eerily quiet, ethereal portraits of Chinese utopia
- Jade Schulz’s atmospheric and imaginative editorial illustrations
- Emiliano Granado’s new zine puts a fresh spin on Tour de France fandom
- The big cover up: Mathieu Thibault's translations of graffiti
- Artist Howard Fonda captures the vibrancy of summer for Ace & Tate
- Benedict Redgrove’s beautifully hypnotic film about how a tennis ball is created
- Tommy Cash subverts the tropes of rap videos with a fleshy celebration of the human body (NSFW)
- Ian Davis’ picturesque paintings of bureaucratic dystopia
- Is it ever OK to work for free?
- Pentagram unveils refresh of Mastercard’s brand mark and identity
- Peter Saville and Tate Design Studio create beer can artwork for Switch House pale ale