Topological Emotions

Topological Emotions

Topological Emotions

Motion Graphics

Motion Graphics

Motion Graphics

Overview

In this passion project, I try to visualize emotion as a topological aggregate, with the intention of showing Chinese teenagers that emotional diversity is natural. Also, I hope that through the process of making this project, I personally will become more aware of my emotions and learn to accept them.

ROLE

Motion Designer

SERVICES

Art Direction · Storyboarding · Animation · Motion Design · 3D Modeling

Art Direction · Storyboarding · Animation · Motion Design · 3D Modeling

TOOLKIT

After Effects · Cinema 4D · Premiere Pro

After Effects · Cinema 4D · Premiere Pro

YEAR

2022

Inspiration & Challenges

The theme was inspired by a song One - My Hair is Bad. In this song, the singer’s voice alone acts as multiple emotions like a monologue. At the end of the song, the lyrics say, “Even though a person may experience various emotions, his or her heart remains unified.


The impressive observation drew my eyes to the topic of emotional diversity. This also reminded me of the repressed attitude toward emotions in Chinese society. Could I mitigate this problem using visual language?


Solution

Concept Development

People can experience various kinds of emotions, but the original nature of them will not change; just as in topology, the properties of a geometric object can remain invariant under continuous deformations.


Therefore, I decided to use the sphere as a primitive geometry. By deforming the sphere, I would simulate the generation and changes of diverse emotions.

Inspiration & Challenges

The theme was inspired by a song One - My Hair is Bad. In this song, the singer’s voice alone acts as multiple emotions like a monologue. At the end of the song, the lyrics say, “Even though a person may experience various emotions, his or her heart remains unified.


The impressive observation drew my eyes to the topic of emotional diversity. This also reminded me of the repressed attitude toward emotions in Chinese society. Could I mitigate this problem using visual language?


Solution

Concept Development

People can experience various kinds of emotions, but the original nature of them will not change; just as in topology, the properties of a geometric object can remain invariant under continuous deformations.


Therefore, I decided to use the sphere as a primitive geometry. By deforming the sphere, I would simulate the generation and changes of diverse emotions.

Inspiration & Challenges

The theme was inspired by a song One - My Hair is Bad. In this song, the singer’s voice alone acts as multiple emotions like a monologue. At the end of the song, the lyrics say, “Even though a person may experience various emotions, his or her heart remains unified.


The impressive observation drew my eyes to the topic of emotional diversity. This also reminded me of the repressed attitude toward emotions in Chinese society. Could I mitigate this problem using visual language?


Solution

Concept Development

People can experience various kinds of emotions, but the original nature of them will not change; just as in topology, the properties of a geometric object can remain invariant under continuous deformations.


Therefore, I decided to use the sphere as a primitive geometry. By deforming the sphere, I would simulate the generation and changes of diverse emotions.

Storyboard

Storyboard

Storyboard

Storyboard

Assets & Styleframes

Assets & Styleframes

Assets & Styleframes

BTS

BTS

BTS

Final Results

Final Results

Final Results

Other works

Poppy

Poppy

Opening Video

Dream Factories

Dream Factories

Title Sequence

Poppy

Opening Video

Dream Factories

Title Sequence

Poppy

Opening Video

Dream Factories

Title Sequence