Our top ten infographic videos of 2015.

Ep 2: Top Ten Infographics

Below are our top ten infographic videos of 2015.  

10. IBM - Datagrams 

IBM drove home that they are the market leader of statistics with a series of live infographics centered on the US Open. IBM, Ogilvy & Mather, and Buck were the team assembled for the project. The animations were delivered live during the tournament via Instagram. It was an excellent way to demonstrate their capabilities as it required a custom toolkit and workflow that could shift in real-time depending on what happened on-court. These responsive data-based animations, were rendered and uploaded in minutes. Infographics / Motion Graphics were the obvious tool of choice for the visuals as each line and motion is calculated by a computer. These animations are at number ten because there is no story here. It's just a series of great infographics. ;-)

9. How a Bean Becomes a Fart by Men's Health

So crude. Open a can of beans take a few bites and watch. This animation is very clean, highly technical, highly detailed, yet with a clear through-line, and one artists illustration style holds from the beginning to the end. Bravo! (pppfft ! oops...) 

8. 5in5 Security by IBM

A fun light-hearted animation about cyber theft. The style of each character and graphic is excellent and the voiceover and music are a lot of fun too. Oh! And more than anything,the animation gets the message across for IBM. This animation is low on our list because it only just qualifies as an infographic; It also qualifies as a cartoon.

7. Don't Worry, Drive On by the Post Carbon Institute 

This animation is just a lot of fun. A lot of work went into every frame from the colors, to each detail moving on screen, to the sound effects, and the spoken word. If we calculate all of those things, hmmm looks you'll experience 10,000 details in 2.5 minutes. Enjoy.


 6. The Little Mathematician by IADB

The Inter-American Deveopment Bank developed this animation for their early childhood mathematics program. It's cute, friendly, poetic, and to the point. 

5. Originality by Vucko.tv

A series of famous quotes from  Pablo Picasso, Woodrow Wilson, Lincoln Steffens, Jim Jarmusch, Dieter Rams, Jean Luc Godard and others, the video challenges the viewer as all great quotes and videos do. The design is minimal in color and form, which helps it cover a wide range of businesses from culinary to fashion to music. The video is universal and simple.


4. How the Economic Machine Works, Bridgewater Associates

At a whopping 30 minutes in length, “How the Economic Machine Works” is based on an educational project authored by Ray Dalio of Bridgewater Associates, an investment firm that warned investors of the 2008 crisis well before it occurred. The animation introduces viewers to the cycles of the economy.

Infographics design and motion graphics design condense complicated messages into simple visuals. The condensed imagery anchor the story releaving the narrator from having to distill their own words. The imagery allows the viewer to focus on the big picture. The heavy lifting is present in the attention to detail present in every second and all 30 frames within each second. 

The animation is for all audiences from everyday citizens who know nothing about economics to PHD Economists. This animation almost wins out of sheer size and subject.

3. Bay Area Teach For America

One word comes to mind with this animation--passion. You can't watch this animation without hearing a passionate voice speaking to you. When it comes to marketing, passion is a huge part of the sale. If someone is passionate about what they believe in they will drive you to take action. The other beautiful aspect of this animation is the attention to detail. Every animation arc, every character, every texture has been well thought out. Finally, there are the repeated visual motifs--triangles, bold lines, maps, and connections. The animation moves a bit fast, but fast moving animations are always better than slow ones. They speak to smart viewers and they make you want to hit play a second time.

2. International Fellowships Program by the Ford Foundation 

Another moving and inspiring piece focusing on a great mission. An incredible amount of research and attention to detail went into this piece and the underscoring keeps the message driving forward.


1.  Ronald McDonald House Charities by Thornberg and Forester

The animation team did a great job with the emotional timing of this animation. With such an emotional story, it's important to build and release an idea to the audience. Thornberg and Forestor also did a great job introducing a  new style we have never seen. We could say more about but, when it comes to blogging about videos, it's best for the video to do the talking. Take a look.

It's been an amazing year for infographic videos and online video in general. If you are as passionate about it as we are and you don't have a blank check budget. Contact us today!

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These are our top ten infographic videos of 2015 created by the agencies and studios we admire. They all contain original compositions and plenty of per second details. Of course these were all animated with large budgets. nevertheless, our team always likes to shoot for a high target. Enjoy!