Bård Edlund is a multidisciplinary artist available for freelance assignments in motion design, illustration, data visualization, and more. Consider me for your next project! Get in touch.

GOLDEN × ON YOUTUBE

Animated music video for a track by London-based electronica outfit Wave Tourists. 3+ minutes of calm underwater exploration, featuring an ever-growing school of manta rays and fish swimming through a digital seascape that turns from bright and turquoise to dark and slightly strange. Relies heavily on the use of particle systems and basic AI to control the behavior of the fish.

FRANKLIN THE LADIES' CAT × BUY T-SHIRTS AND ORIGINAL ART / ON YOUTUBE

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.

SHOWREEL × ON VIMEO

A quick introduction to my work in animation and motion design. To contact me about freelance projects, email: reception (at) edlundart.com

LIZZY × ON YOUTUBE / ON VIMEO

Completely designed around a simple, fixed circular form, this music 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, with the aim of taking on freelance music video projects in the future.

STANLEY CUP SUMMED UP × ON YOUTUBE / ON VIMEO

Featured on Gizmodo, CBS Sports, CBC, Yahoo!, 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.

GONE × ON YOUTUBE / ON VIMEO

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).

FAMOUS COMEDIAN SINGS IN A TREE × ON YOUTUBE

Just a silly little animation of a well-known comedian in bird form, laughing to the melody of O Sole Mio. What?

MONKEY TALKS (EPISODE 3) × ON YOUTUBE

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.

I have a BFA in Illustration from The Maryland Institute, College of Art – the oldest degree-granting art school in the United States, and among the highest-ranked. I got started professionally in the late 1990's, and have done artwork for publications ranging from the 10-time National Magazine Awards-winning Texas Monthly to the now-defunct teen favorite YM Magazine. Increasingly, I've ventured into animation and motion design in addition to (and often in concert with) data visualization. Animated music videos are also high on the list of interests.

Get in touch if you have a somewhat humane budget and an assignment you think might suit me!

For more information about me and all the things I do, you could do worse than my about page. Or, you could follow me on Twitter to keep track of my latest work and inane banter, sprinkled inbetween generous helpings of interesting links.