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.
- Director Nick Roney on taking The Lemon Twigs to his grandparents’ house
- Designer Lennart Van den Bossche’s typographic work combines "logic and beauty"
- Meet the speakers: Carl Burgess, Oscar Hudson, Mirka Laura Severa and Olivia Ahmad
- Varied, playful and slightly odd drawings from Japanese illustrator Summer House
- Thomas Colligan’s zine encourages us to appreciate the small things in life
- John Feely on capturing life in “remote” Mongolia and learning a new way of living
- Grope Sans: a very rude typeface by Bompas & Parr
- Japanese graphic designer Ryu Mieno creates type-heavy works fizzing with energy
- The reductive and exacting work of graphic designer Laura Prim
- Why creative education for advertising is stuck in the dark ages
- Leipzig-based graphic designer Anja Kaiser takes us through her portfolio
- Nicolas Jaar releases Network, a book inspired by radio