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Lecture review: Kimmo Moykky & Isak Åkerlund


Kimmo Moykky and Isak Åkerlund introduced the use of 2/3D animation softwares and how designers are working in the industry.



Mokky mainly demonstrated the recent industrial standard of animation software.
For 2D animations, there still remains hand-drawn process otherwise Flash or After Effects are majority to make animations. He also introduced the movie made of the mixture of hand-drawings and the use of digital applications apply more organic atmosphere.
Autodesk’s Maya would be the new standard on 3D animations. The function on the application looks quite technical, however, plenty of model templates are available online for the practice. Although this can reduce so much time to make lots of films between the motions, human manipulations are still required to make motions more natural and smoother. The developing technology on animations would be also applied to other industries such as the science to visualise mechanisms of nature and the new way of advertisement.

Åkerlund introduced his toy designs for a Swedish toy company BRIO has been providing well wooden toys for children since 1884. He firstly designs the plan by Maya, then, makes the prototype (probably using rapid prototyping systems), after testing the model, he again comes back to the 3D modeling applications to sketch the construction map. Through these processes, children as monitors at the BRIO office testify the final prototypes. This opportunity provides lots of beneficial reports for designers from the ‘real customer’s’ point of view. Also, he introduces the interesting process to deal with licensed toys such as Disney’s Mickey Mouse. The shapes of the characters have dramatically been changed since ’60s design. Nowadays’ characters are more realistic. When designers make a wooden model of characters, they often have to consider the change of appearance on the animation that Mickey Mouse has different appearance on the front-view and the side-view!

02 Feb 2011
12:00 – 13:30 Technical Practice lecture MACD1 at studio Back Hill
by m-s-c | 2011-02-05 08:38 | Research
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