The New Yorker’s Impressive Animated Cover

The New Yorker’s latest magazine cover extends beyond its physical manifestation to an animated video viewable on the website—and an entertaining one at that. A collaboration between the magazine and the radio program “This American Life,” the lighthearted animation explores the real-life implications of a mother’s subconscious slip-up, in which she says, “Wow, you look so much better,” after seeing her daughter put on makeup …

Julian Gander Captures Joy in GIF Form

A visit to animator and illustrator Julian Gander’s personal website provides a feast of goofy GIFs, but it’s his latest set of silly animations that really caught our eye. Commissioned by Canadian cellphone provider Koodo Mobile for its “Choose Happy” campaign, Gander created a small collection of playful scenes—including a drumming apple, a skateboarding banana and an extra-long wiener dog bouncing down a set of …

Xue Geng’s Stop-Motion Film “Mr. Sea”

The Beijing artist's porcelain characters come to life in an interpretation of a classic Qing Dynasty supernatural tale

From the masters of Jingdezhen to contemporary artists, porcelain is intrinsic to China’s history. It can be the sublime expression of beauty that gets condensed in a daily life object, but it can also tell a whole story: strength, toughness, purity and resonance are all features of the material which can serve as elements of a symbolic language. It’s for these reasons that Xue Geng, …