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1. I got interested in motion design as a natural evolution of my involvement in video making, mixed with a lifelong enjoyment of visual arts in general and graphic design specifically. I've always been good at math and geometry, so once I began to learn about key framing (and later on about graph editor adjustments, and expressions) I started to notice that it was also itching an engineering scratch that I have had for a long time as well. I never had a chance to take any courses in animation or motion design, so this is my first exposure to the history and raw basics of the art form, despite working in the field for many years. Really looking forward to the remaining lessons!

One motion design piece I've always appreciated is "The Wisdom of Pessimism."
-The goal of the video is fairly self-explanatory, but essentially it expresses the opinion that current media is moving humanity away from an engrained pessimism towards a false, and ultimately unattainably optimistic outlook on life. And, instead of shunning pessimism, we should be embracing the grounding nature of it, rather than lavishing ourselves in digital distractions.
-The whole video has a mostly flat, minimalist style both in design and sound. A mix of faux-stop motion, hand drawn, water-color, and clean lines.
-What stands out most to me on this piece is how cleverly the various scenes tie to the narration and how relatable each vignette is, due to it's simplicity.
-Despite each scene having a different style, the elements of each scene work to form a cohesive aesthetic that is reinforced by both the sparse audio and the storyline in general.

2. The reason the left animation is superior is that it more accurately portrays what our eyes expect the objects to do. For one, the ball on the left is given properties of motion blur which is lacking in the ball on the left - this is observable when the ball is first dropped in, when it is hit to the right, and when it exits to the top. This is reinforced by it observing natural physics, such as momentum - when it hangs at the apex of it's launch from the semi-circle - and bounce - when it lands on the horizontal plane. The ball on the right seem to follow unnaturally linear movements, though it too bounces when it lands. The other more subtle thing I noticed was the way the levers on the left moved in a spring-like fashion : compressing slowly, before launching with a lot of acceleration, which was accurately conveyed by the speed of the ball on the left. None of the levers on the right had these qualities.

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