RGB Transition Crafts New Colors Out Of Old Tricks
RGB Transition is a fitting name indeed for an animation derived from transitions between the three basic colors used in video. The title’s simplicity evokes the work’s stark, straightforward graphics. You’ll recognize the colors’ movements as ordinary video transitions, but applying these movements to blocks of color makes them feel fresh—not cheesy, like they did in your high school PowerPoint presentations.
RGB Transition is a collaboration between two like minds: Timothy Evans, a designer, director and animator, and graphic designer Daniel Eatock. “I employ a rational, logical and pragmatic approach when making work,” Eatock says in his artist statement. This philosophy is apparent in RGB, as pure colors and lines—which some designers use as mere building blocks in their grand compositions—become a spectacle in their own right. It comes as no surprise that Eatock’s manifesto calls to “eliminate superfluous elements.” The animation doesn’t need high-end gimmickry to succeed. Instead, it reinvigorates our appreciation for simplicity in motion, and it doesn’t make a sound.
The video, which you can watch above, presents a playground of overlapping colors and video effects. As it’s constantly in motion, the three minute and 20 second RGB Transition is meant to be looped. We see plenty of shapes: circles, triangles, wedges, striations. RGB shifts constantly, as lines overlap, shapes emerge, and colors shift, pulling you in to their hypnotizing, kaleidoscopic transitions.
The designers explained it best themselves (in very few words, of course):
A video image consists of three primary components—red, green and blue. For this work each component channel was fed a differently timed sequence of 50 common video transitions. As the three components recombine to create a video image; constantly changing forms and colours are revealed.
Each frame seems to stand on its own as a separate artistic image. Here’s proof: