Your Motion Design Directory #2: Artists
We’re back with a brand spanking new update to our Motion Design Directory! We’ve added a few mega names to the list who are making waves in the world of motion design. These über creatives should absolutely be on your radar for their awe-inspiring contributions to the sector. Be sure to check back in for updates as we unearth more artists and parade them round these parts for your viewing pleasure. In case you also missed our last post, be sure to swing by here for the Motion Design Directory Industry edition.
Otherwise, allow us to introduce you to…
Ash is kind of a big deal and rightly has everyone in the community fangirling over everything he does (with good reason). Not only can he boast an enviable list of credits to his name, including work on the live-action Ghost in the Shell and Assassin’s Creed – he can genuinely do it all and do it superbly. Ash can turn his hand to concept art to animation; to a poster design to typography. Any other mere mortal might present such a range of talents in sloppy fashion, but he’s been able to transcend the medium and showcase a cohesive brand by dominating the sci-fi genre. His style is also consistent and indisputable which is what so many artists strive for. Because he’s also very likely an alien, he finds time to run The Collective Podcast Plug into very generous interviews from a wealth of creative leaders from across the globe, not just motion designers. It’s epic stuff.
Bee is an independent director, designer, animator and illustrator based in London. Besides being part of the Google Creative Lab 5 program (no biggie), she’s also one of the co-founders of Punanimation, an online community for the ladies, trans and non-binary peeps in the animation and motion graphics industry.
The sleek yet soothing nostalgic style of her animations is unmistakable and a hug for your eyeballs. Hard to not catch feels after watching “Yule Love”.
Beeple – Mike Winkelmann
Mike Winkelmann, AKA Beeple, is a graphic designer who produces an assortment of digital artwork from VR/AR projects to the visual onslaught that are the Creative Commons VJ loops.
He’s worked on concert visuals for the likes of Justin Bieber and One Direction (get in), right through to Eminem and deadmau5.
We take our hat off to Beeple as he’s one of the originators of the “everyday” movement in 3D graphics and has been making and sharing a piece daily for over a decade and hasn’t missed a single day. #dedication #noexcuse
Ema Colombo is a freelance motion designer based in Milan. He’s worked with the likes of MTV, Discovery Channel Italy, Google, ESPN, Saatchi&Saatchi to name a few.
His career took off with the viral success of “The proof that we are soulmates“, an animation that brought to life a declaration of love in the form of an infographic originally created by Drake Martinet. Since then, Ema’s done work for Greenpeace, the European Parliament and Change.org, and launched a self-initiated project devoted to anti-bullying online.
Producing great motion design and doing good for the world? More of that please.
Nicola Gastaldi (aka Gasta) is a London based freelance motion designer and animation director, currently working at Google Creative Lab and as a lecturer at UAL. His collaborations feature MPC, Ogilvy, Jack Morton, Universal Everything, Mother Design and Smoke & Mirrors.
Master of looping GIFs, he’s the creative mind behind the mesmerising illustrated tale “Dive In” and is also famous for his Gastaloops, a personal project in which he produced 100 GIFs over 100 days, using only three colours. Proof that less can indeed be more! And that creating daily (even when you’re not feeling up to it) will only pay huge dividends. So keep on keepin’ on.
Harry Butt is a freelance designer and animator based in London. His breadth of work is astounding, featuring names such as Sony, Vice and the BBC.Harry is also part of the Nike Tech Collective, a trio of London digital creatives who created animations for the brand’s latest clothing range. In this piece, he responded to surface textures, taking a closer look at the technology of the garments through high-definition scanning recreated in 3D.
Harry’s definitely a must to follow if you’re into 3D animation, graphic design and all-round awesomeness.
Johnny’s marriage of beautifully tactile animations with heartfelt storytelling make him an utter breath of fresh air. You need to watch the film he made for Chipotle. If you don’t think an advert for Mexican food can make you cry, you’re wrong. He got into animation after graduating from design, which consequently explains why his work feels very much design lead.
Johnny’s work spans puppetry, CGI, illustration and lots in between (check out his paper models and pottery collaboration). Clearly, we’re not the only ones who appreciate his whimsical aesthetic paired with heartwarming narratives. Google, Apple, BMW, Adobe, Coca-Cola and Facebook are on his illustrious client list.
You’d have to be dead inside not to crack a smile when landing on Jocie’s page. Her aesthetic is all her own and is brimming with character. She’s also animated some of the sassiest cats you’re likely to ever seen on the internet. By her own admission, she’s no stranger to tackling pretty challenging and obscure briefs. She’s had the pleasure of explaining how nanomolecular genetic switches work in 3 minutes of animation. All in a day’s work!
Patrick Clair is a director and motion designer from LA. Furthermore, he’s the Creative Director of Antibody, a production studio that specialises in combining storytelling with visual design. He gave rise to an oh-so-slick style that you’ll be familiar with if you’ve ever watched TV in your life. The title sequences for True Detective, Westworld and Blacklist are all his. Check out Antibody’s reel, we’re sure you’ll recognise a host of others from your nights of bingeing and chill. We’re not judging by the way.
We discussed in this post how rapidly evolving the world of motion design is. And that people the world over are approaching the field in such experimentational ways, it’s forcing us to rethink how we define it as a result. When we wrote that, one such artist that came to mind was Susi. Her technique of choice combines a digital camera with a macro lens, an array of texturally detailed shots of liquids and clever sound design. She’s proof that motion design is not confined to the realms of 3D, and that such an abstract approach is entirely applicable on a commercial scale too.
Who said you could only drool at motion design on your phone? Svenja’s imagination can be seen splattered across buildings, bursting out of brickwork and cascading across the ceilings of all manner of architecture. How? We’re talking projection mapping. Words fail us. Just go look. Her projection work for the Asian Winter Games deserves an honourable mention, as does her Google Daydream Immersive Dinner project. Our invite for that must have got lost in the post.
Are we done here?
Well, for now. As ever, pop by again as we continue to refresh this page with the latest and greatest names. Fancy yourself on this list tiger? Check you out. Apply now for our Created In Motion Design course launching in October and remember us when you’re totally famous.
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