The Atlantic, like everyone else in 2020 has been turned on it’s head thanks to the Covid 19 Pandemic. Normally the Atlantic Festival would be an in person event that lasts for 3 days in September, but this year The Atlantic moved everything online for obvious reasons.
When you move a live event to an exclusively online event, one thing that needs to happen is a level of consistency across all of the visual components. Especially since your target audience is probably a little burned out from all the Zoom and Microsoft Teams meetings they have attended over the last 8 months.
To achieve this the Atlantic turned to ATK PLN to develop a consistent look that could be applied across all Zoom screens, the website, videos, and other support materials. If you take the look of the video above and then jump over to the website, and the YouTube channel you can see how they pulled everything together with a very simple identity system that is effective while not distracting from the onscreen content – the speakers.
I especially love the animated swooping yellow line on the webpage. It’s such a nice simple touch.
There is plenty of political implications in the video below, but that isn’t why I’m posting it. The animation is really really nice, and when coupled to the voice over it becomes an engaging piece that draws you in and holds your attention for three and a half minutes.
Produced for the Atlantic this team of designers, animators, illustrators, and writers have crafted an informative short that addresses an issue that is going to become more problematic in the near future. The use of Deepfake technology.
I watched this first with the sound on, taking in the entirety of the messaging. Then I hit the mute button and watched it again. There is a great rhythm to the piece. Sections flow together and create nice visual layouts. The sparse color pallet adds to the drama and focuses your attention.
I don’t care what your political stance is, or which side you choose to vote for or why. This technology will have some crazy implications for things beyond elections in the near future. Oh, and be forewarned. If you google Deepfakes to see examples of how this is being used, there are a ton of adult videos that will show up.
“We are crossing over into an era where we have to be skeptical of what we see on video,” says John Villasenor, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Villasenor is talking about deepfakes—videos that are digitally manipulated in imperceptible ways, often using a machine-learning technique that superimposes existing images or audio onto source material. The technology’s verisimilitude is alarming, Villasenor argues because it undermines our perception of truth and could have disastrous consequences for the upcoming U.S. presidential election.I’do think deepfakes are going to be a feature of the 2020 elections in some way,” Villasenor says. “And their shadow will be long.”
A full credits list is at the end of the animated short if you are interested in the team that put this together.