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


  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.

  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.