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Music by Ergo Phizmiz & Margita Zalite and Podington Bear.

The process

Check out the full blog post on making better explainers.

For the past few months, I've been thinking a lot about how we can make better quick-turnaround video explainers.

Today's quick-turnaround social media explainers lack personality and aren't character-driven. The second problem: many long-form stories make concepts feel complicated and unapproachable for their audience.

Adobe has new beta Creative Cloud program called  Adobe Character Animator. It allows you to quickly and easily bring a 2D character to life using your webcam and microphone.

This software got me thinking about making character-driven explainers that make a complicated concept approachable and fun for our audience.