Cel Animation in Motion Graphics

A screenshot from DD26 Cesar Martinez’s broadcast package incorporating cel animation overlaid on footage.

Cel (or classical) animation has been on the rise in motion graphics and is now becoming ubiquitous. It’s that dripping wet, organic swirl of colour that leaves jaws on the floor and students scouring tutorial sites. That  fluid transition that meshes scenes into stories and engages viewers.  It can mean hundreds of drawings and lakes of coffee but the end result is always worth it. Where motion graphics used to trend towards being structured and clean, the industry has been undergoing an organic face lift. The combination of using traditional frame by frame, hand drawn animation alongside other techniques adds a refreshing fluid style that surpasses the structure and consistencies of key frames and motion paths.

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Congratulations VFS Digital Design Class 25

Congratulations, Digital Design Class 25! It was a very special graduation and awards show last night. As they managed to do throughout the year this amazing class brought the very best of themselves to the final day of their journey in the Digital Design Program; by providing one of the most entertaining and emotional grad shows to date.

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Google Releases Chromecast

Google recently released Chromecast. For years many have wondered who would compete with Apple and Samsung with their lines of smart TV’s and Apple TV’s, but Google has stepped up to the plate. After a few failures including Google TV it looks like Google is finally on to something that supports their platform and integrates with their other experiences.

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Shorefast: The Small Town Innovation of Zita Cobb




Zita Cobb (top-left) grew up in Fogo, a small town along the northeast coast of Newfoundland and moved at 16 years old for greater opportunity. After retiring, she returned to Fogo and founded Shorefast – a social enterprise focused on reviving rural economies through art, design and innovation. Shorefast developed creative residencies (bottom right) and the Fogo Island Inn (top right, bottom left). The design of the buildings is the result of combining two major themes – traditional Newfoundland heritage with modern architecture.

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