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What's the Deal with Internet Comedy? | Off Book

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Comedy is a huge part of entertainment and culture, but for decades there have been very limited opportunities for comedians to successfully reach audiences. Fortunately, the internet has blown that wide open, providing new venues for the creation of comedy, removing the limitations of the old guard, and opening new doors to laughter. Off Book explores the burgeoning world of web comedy.

Lego Art | Off Book

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Off Book examines the growing popularity of Lego art. Lego blocks have been one of the most beloved toys in the world for decades. But, for some creators, Lego has evolved from toy to art form. In this episode, we talk with three Lego artists who have made beautiful mosaics, amazing stop-motion videos, thoughtful sculptures, and have turned these tiny building blocks into a true artistic medium.

Frame by Frame: The Art of Stop Motion | Off Book

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The magic of stop-motion animation has enthralled audiences for over a century, but with the advent of computer graphics, many thought it was at risk of extinction. Yet despite these fears, animators continue to create unique stories out of physical materials, including clay, sand, paint, puppets, or people. The amount of time and meticulous effort these animators commit makes stop-motion impressive and refreshingly organic, and have driven the art form's resurgence in film, commercials, and on the Internet.

Animated GIFs | Off Book

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Off Book explores the visual artistry of one of the oldest image formats used on the web: the animated Graphics Interchange Format. Throughout their history, GIFs have served a variety of purposes, from functional to entertaining. In this episode of Off Book, we chart the history of GIF, explore the hotbed of GIF creativity on Tumblr, and talk to two teams of GIF artists who are reshaping the format with powerful new visual experiences.

Film and TV Title Design | Off Book

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We will explore the little-known artistic process that goes into creating a niche art form: TV titles. Credits are generally the first thing we see when watching media, but the complexity and artistry of title design is rarely discussed. Creators of title sequences are tasked to invent concepts that evoke the story and themes of the production wrapped in a powerful visual experience that pulls the viewer into the film's world. Off Book explores the nuances of this ubiquitous art form.

The Art of Logo Design | Off Book

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Off Book takes us inside the art and culture of logo design. Logos surround us in digital and physical spaces, but we rarely examine the artistic thinking that goes into the design of these symbols. Utilizing a silent vocabulary of colors, shapes, and typography, logo designers give a visual identity to companies and organizations of all types. From cave painters to modern designers, artists throughout history have been reducing the complex down to simple ideas that communicate concepts to the world.

How to Be Creative | Off Book

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Creativity has always been essential for cultural growth, but there are still many misconceptions about this elusive process. Creativity is considerably more complex than previously realized, and requires a nuanced understanding of ourselves and others. Being a creative person involves letting go of preconceived notions of what an artist is, and discovering new processes that yield great ideas. Most importantly, creators must push forward, whether the light bulb illuminates or not.

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