Friday

Bicycle Wheel Animations

These bike wheel animations by Katy Beveridge are blowing my mind this morning. This from the site:
By assembling paper cutouts into the wheels of bicycles, London-based graphic designer Katy Beveridge creates a zoetrope-- the spinning devices that typically produce the illusion of a moving animation from a series of static pictures. Interestingly, this zoetrope effect can only captured on film; to the naked eye, the movement of the wheels occurs too quickly and is perceived as a blur. captured frame by frame, however, Beveridge's snowflake-like designs produce captivating animated visual effects that mimic bobbling gears, growing plumes, and other abstract forms.
via DesignBoom

2 comments:

  1. To solve the problem of not being able to see them without film, she needs a strobe light to break up the vision of the shapes. Then, it will work correctly.

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  2. As Azurafae said:

    The Zoetrope uses a shutter, usually created by a slit in the walls of the cylinder. In this case, the "shutter" is the camera shutter--even digital cameras take multiple distinct images which play back faster than our eye can recognize as non-moving. I think 24 frames per second is the speed usually used by movie cameras shooting on film.

    Taping a piece of cardboard with a wide slit cut into it onto the fork may provide enough shutter effect--it will give your eye a place to rest while the image moves behind it.

    But very bike-related would be to point a flashing bike light at the wheel. The stroboscopic effect will freeze the images--the only challenge would be to not ride so fast that an observer doesn't get to enjoy the show.

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