This week’s creative low down: 8th-15th January 2017

Every week we bring you the low down on the awesome creative things that are going on around the world. Here are our top picks of this week’s creative news:

A musician animated his own music video and it’s amazing!

Singer and multi instrumentalist Phil Beadreau spent the last two years illustrating and animating his own music video for the single ‘I’m right this time’ for Ambassadors of Earth (AOE), his new collaborative project with Grammy winning music producer Dawaun Parker. As the Creators Project recently described it, “the viewer is transported to a new world full of color, in which a fiery-haired protagonist traverses through a mysterious great hall, free climbs a treacherous mountain face, and ultimately transforms into a shooting star”.

Illustrator Hornall Anderson shakes up drink packaging

Design agency, Hornall Anderson has created a bold new bottle design for UK Gin company Bonds’ new soft drinks line.

Craig, a designer at Hornall Anderson, says “We wanted to create an intriguing and curious look, as well as a brand identity, which could work across different touch points. The skull is a universal symbol that is edgy and appealing to this audience.”

Creatives worry less about dying

New research released this week by psychologists at the University of Kent, in a study thought to be the first of its kind, suggests that people who pursue creativity and produce significant creative work may worry less about death and other existential concerns.

PGA and VES nominations announced

It’s that time of year again! The Producers Guild of America have announced their nominees and you can expect some intense competition!

Two animated films in the documentary category to look out for are Life, Animated, produced by Julie Goldman and Roger Ross Williams, and Tower, directed by Keith Maitland. See all the nominations here.

The Visual Effects Society (VES) also announced the nominees for the 15th annual VES awards this week. The awards are split into 24 categories, recognising visual effects in film, animation, television, commercial and video games and the people who bring the effects to life.  See all the nominations here.

Clothes aid animation encourages us all to have a clear out

UK charity Clothes Aid have commissioned a short animated film to encourage people to have a January clear out of their wardrobes.

This short animation tells the story of the life cycle of our unwanted British clothing, from purchase to collection to resale in an Eastern European country. It also shows the step-by-step process to donate a bag of unwanted clothing to Clothes Aid.

San Francisco startup takes on design plagiarism

If you’ve ever designed a logo then you’ll be only too aware of the dangers of infringing on other companies’ trademarks.

Fortunately, thanks to San Francisco based startup Trademark Vision, this is soon becoming a thing of the past. The startup bypasses old-fashioned keyword searching and uses deep learning to match your logo or trademark with millions of trademarks it may infringe upon. Watch the video below to find out more.

Animation meets Stand Up in Sketchfest 2017

Picture This!, is a show that uses animation to redefine how stand up comedy is presented, and they’ve prepared an awesome special event for SF Sketchfest 2017. This year, it features the artists behind the Netflix TV series BoJack Horseman with a unique, animal based night of comedy.

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Joe Scarffe

Joe is the Community and Marketing Manager and is currently finishing up a PhD in music at Birmingham Conservatoire and still hasn’t got over his addiction to coffee. He loves getting involved in crazy music projects and plays the bassoon, oboe, piano, recorder and guitar. He also makes lots of electronic music and loves collaborating. He sings too if you ask nicely and once shamefully sang as a backing singer for Will Young. When he’s not moaning about the state of the music industry or public transport in Manchester, he works with the Twine community and handles social media, the blog and partnerships with companies and institutions.
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Joe Scarffe

Joe Scarffe

Joe is the Community and Marketing Manager and is currently finishing up a PhD in music at Birmingham Conservatoire and still hasn’t got over his addiction to coffee.

He loves getting involved in crazy music projects and plays the bassoon, oboe, piano, recorder and guitar. He also makes lots of electronic music and loves collaborating. He sings too if you ask nicely and once shamefully sang as a backing singer for Will Young.

When he’s not moaning about the state of the music industry or public transport in Manchester, he works with the Twine community and handles social media, the blog and partnerships with companies and institutions.