Animation: A cultural guide to the UK

A short animation by James Houston who has just graduated from the Glasgow School of Art. The video so far made it through to the semi finals at the 2008 Adobe Design Achievement Awards within the Motion Graphics category.

James Houston is aiming this “‘cultural guide” at all citizen of the United Kingdom explaining that the UK has prospered as an effect foreign input by a set of short narratives on typical UK icons.

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From James Houston’s description:

This video highlights cultural icons that one would traditionally consider to be associated with the UK. Their true origins are revealed. The objects are portrayed in heavily stylised vector drawings, as to highlight their apparent familiarity to UK residents.

This film has a tone of instructional kid’s TV: an immigration relations officer for the police told me that the children in immigrant families learn to integrate much quicker than the adults, and thus act as a conduit to the parents. This format also delivers the information in a way which isn’t patronising.

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