It's been blogged a bit by others around the internets, but this recent U2 video from David O Reilly (he of Please Say Something fame) is a really interesting bit of work.
U2 - I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight from David OReilly on Vimeo.
I think the partnership with designer Jon Klassen really helped bring O Reilly's style back into orbit around earth. It's a pretty cool collaboration and a fine win for O Reilly, whose work can be a bit tough on the eyes at times (not ugly so much as purposefully forceful). I like the softer result in the U2 video. The first time I saw his first episode of Please, Say Something I thought to myself -this is very different, but pretty cool. I like how he's exploring using CG in ways that are unapologetically CG. The orthographic style is an old illustration stand by, but it comes off well in notion. In the U2 video there's a neat sense of graphic layering with the semi-transparent squares floating over the imagery. Ever since being blown away by the The Secret of Kells clips I've been intrigued by the use of motion graphics in animation to add layers of emotional and narrative texture without necessarily trying to be "on the nose" about it. I don't know why it resonates with me, but I like how motion graphics are subtly being pulled into these narratives to add a little something more.
O Reilly's an interesting case study in the power of a good idea, lots of work (he's constantly making new stuff), successful self promotion and strategic partnerships. His story can be anybody's story, really.