Bård Edlund is a designer and art director with over a dozen years of experience available for freelance assignments in motion design, data visualization, and more.

STANLEY CUP SUMMED UP ANIMATED AUDIO-VISUALIZATION

Featured on Gizmodo, CBS Sports, CBC, Yahoo!, BuzzFeed and various sports and information design sites, and named one of The 10 Best Sports Infographics Of 2012 by Deadspin, this animated ambient data visualization of all goals and penalties of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs quickly became a viral hit. Hover over the image (and all images on this page) for an alternate view, and click through to see the full video.

SIXTY SECONDS OF SALARY NARRATED ANIMATED VISUALIZATION

Published by my former employer CNNMoney and shown on CNN, this piece was shared over 6,500 times on Facebook and generated over 2,000 tweets. It shows salaries accumulating second by second, dramatically comparing the incomes of Kobe Bryant, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, a teacher, and a minimum wage earner, among others. The narrated animation was written up on several sites, including Popular Science, and Fast Company's Co.Design blog, and was selected to be part of an exclusive Time Warner exhibition in New York organized in association with Future of Storytelling. The project was also linked by Swissmiss and digg.

IS THE INTERNET AWAKE? VISUALIZATION

One of several projects of mine to be named Infographic of the Day at Fast Company's Co.Design blog, this animated HTML5 visualization went viral on Twitter and was widely covered in the online press, including Andrew Sullivan's The Dish. It later appeared on Swissmiss as well. Click through to see it in action.

THE WEATHER WHEEL VISUALIZATION

A slowly rotating wheel displays historical weather data for 50 major cities in an innovative and novel way. Blue dots shrink and grow to indicate seasonal rainfall, while arrows orbit representing wind speeds. Featured on Kottke.org and various design sites.

THE DOW PIANO AUDIO-VISUALIZATION

Featured on FlowingData, Swissmiss and several other design hubs, and named one of the best infographics of 2011 by Fast Company's Fast.Co blog, this interactive piece translates the ups and downs of the stock market into musical notes. Using a five-note scale spanning three octaves, pitch is determined by the daily closing numbers of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The variance in volume mirrors the trading volume changes throughout the year. Cross-published on CNNMoney, the piece inspired programmers of EA Sports' Fight Night Champion to make a similar system tracking their code revisions. Possibly related: NPR's Planet Money later produced a show where home prices were translated into brief operas.

MIDI KEYBOARD CONCEPT

Designed to look good in your home, this musical keyboard concept abandons the cheap spaceship look of most MIDI products in favor of serene simplicity. Pitch and modulation wheels are reimagined as tensioned faders at left, while more faders at top could be assigned to automation tasks. Click through to see video.

GOLDEN MUSIC VIDEO FOR WAVE TOURISTS

The ocean turns dark and its inhabitants start glowing in this clip for the London-based electronica group. Manta rays and various species of fish are controlled by particle systems utilizing very basic artificial intelligence rule sets, resulting in organic behaviors mixed with a purposefully digital look.

LIZZY MUSIC VIDEO

Completely designed around a simple, fixed circular form, this video sticks to clean lines and basic animation as various objects are abstracted to fit the shape. Essentially an animation test I completed in a week or two, this video was meant as a kind of warm-up to future music video projects.

FRANKLIN THE LADIES' CAT SHORT FILM AND CARTOON SERIES

First conceived as a funny short film successfully funded on Kickstarter, this ongoing YouTube series was featured on Cartoon Brew and other animation sites. The character design was inspired by 1920-1930's cartoon stars like Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and Felix the Cat, but the setting is decidedly contemporary.

MONKEY TALKS ANIMATED SERIES

A futile-by-design attempt to create what the public wants, this five-episode series hits all the right notes in a clumsy chord: Robots, breasts, and funny monkeys. The intro sequence and set design is elegantly tied together through the use of a limited color palette and tightly composed shots, and the uniquely streamlined production process allows new episodes to be created in less than 24 hours.

GONE ANIMATED SHORT FILM

Art directed as a minimalist, black and white poetic geometric abstraction with an emotional center. While uncompromising and melancholy, this film with no dialog and the most spartan character designs you could imagine (no faces!) has connected deeply with an audience of over 50,000. "Gone" has also been used as a music video by both The Ungrateful Guests (London) and Martin and James (Berlin).

I worked at CNN for 12 years, the last 6 as Art Director of CNNMoney, where I lead a team of designers and worked on layout, data visualization, motion graphics, UI, mobile apps, workflow, strategy, news graphics, and tea drinking. In the spring of 2012, I quit to pursue my own creative projects and freelance gigs. I'm currently most interested in motion design and data visualization projects, but let me know if you have an assignment you think might suit me!

I also work as an illustrator, so check out my portfolio.

For more information about me and what I do, including links to extensive press coverage of my projects, utilize this extremely hyper link. Additionally, you can follow me on Twitter to keep track of my latest work and inane banter, sprinkled inbetween generous helpings of interesting links.