Being green is defiantly the way forward. It makes complete sense to me that if we don't stop using up all the planets resources and lower our carbon footprint, that one day, we will no longer be able to recognise it as the planet it is today.
There is good packaging and there is bad packaging...shampoo, for example has always been packaged poorly. Even the high end stuff you buy from salons is too plastic and over branded. I am fully aware that it would be a difficult feat to package a thick, gooey liquid in anything but a plastic bottle, but it looks to me like no one has actually ever tried! Is this because it is not thought of an indulgence like cosmetics and fragrances? Below are some examples of shampoo packaging... oh dear!!
"Waste is a design flaw." Kate Krebs, National Recycling Coalition, 2008.
Another project that I thought was about trying to get poeple to stop using plastic water bottles by changing the way people drank water
The OpenFrameworks Lab was interesting too, with loads of hackers sitting around brainstorming about how to come up with the next best thing... like this...
Where you control a character on screen using your phone! Scream as loud as you can to push everyone else off and be the last one standing!
The final workshop I went to a Recode Decode workshop with Karson Schmit, the creator of the Decode digital identity, which was a short workshop using open souse code. I found it rather complicated! A lot more reading and coding experience is needed to get to his level... I did manage to write a little programme (with his help!) to create an image of random coloured circles... very impressive I thought :-)
When thinking about the pioneers of animation, its hard to ignore Walt Disney. Disney is particulary noted for being a film producer, as well as an innovator in animation. He created one of the worlds most famous fictional characters including Micky Mouse, a character for which he was the original voice.
The first animated short with Mickey in it was titled, Plane Crazy, which was, like all of Disney's previous works, a silent film. After failing to find a distributor for Plane Crazy or its follow-up, The Gallopin' Gaucho, Disney created a Mickey cartoon with sound called Steamboat Willie. A businessman named Pat Powers provided Disney with both distribution and Cinephone, a sound-synchronization process.
Below is a short sequence from the Mickey Mouse Cartoon - The Moving Day (1936) (Co-starring Donald and Goofy)
The Incredibles, released in 2004, released by Pixar was a success both critically and at the box office. The film grossed $70.2 million in its first weekend of release in the United States and performed similarly throughout the rest of the world. The film earned more than $620 million worldwide, elevating it to the second highest grossing Pixar film and amongst the 25 highest grossing film of all time. In addition to a multitude of prestigious accolades, praise for The Incredibles has culiminated in a Pixar-record: four Academy Award nominations.
Animation is being used more and more for advertising purposes, with Why Not Associates doing some amazing work in motion graphics, branding & identity and print. The one that really caught my eye was the identity for a series of films for V¡rgin Records, with the likes of Mick Jagger and Lenny Kravits Talking over a series of moving images and animation. Why Not Associates are a British Design company that have done campaigns for brands like Nike and the BBC. There work seems to be quite experimental with a strong typographic base, as can be seen with the First Direct adverts. All in all, a funky comapany!