“Turbine-Free Wind Power” by Buck

An attractive little piece by Buck elegantly illustrating a new concept to draw electricity from wind that is being developed at Cornell University. The piece was created for the NY Times Magazine‘s annual “Year in Ideas” issue. Music and sound design by Antfood.

(via Kottke)


  • http://www.ronimation.com Ron

    This is teriffic! It’s every kind of great that it can be. This is bold, innovative, yet simple animation about a bold innovative, yet, simple idea. I hope it catches on and I hope I get to work on something this cool one day.

  • The Gee

    More comments please.

    Is it good, bad or ugly?

    True it isn’t the product which features “childhood memories.” Nor does it have a controversial message behind it. It isn’t funny, either slightly or to the point of being considered ribald. Nor, is it something which someone made by lonesome that might offer them A Future. It is just an animated thingamajig. A whatchamacallit.

    So, is it good, bad or ugly?

    Is that not worth commenting upon?

    • http://zeteos.blogspot.com/ mick

      I found it to be great. design and movement are pushing all the right buttons. If it is lots of comments you want then ask about the colour of shrek’s
      shirt in his new movie then everyone can stamp their feet and wet the bed

  • E. L. Kelly II

    Saaaaaay….
    Let me add to this poor little rich animation’s change-bucket to say
    this is actually one of the best pieces of animation I’ve seen this short year! I despise simple graphics for no reason, unless, as in this short, they are presented and given life imaginatively and clearly. And there’s a soothing, rather hynpnotic sound-design to boot. I am now totally informed of the power of turbine-free wind power, and I won’t forget it.

  • Scott B.

    I think this is excellent, and communicates its idea beautifully. It’s deceptively simple, and that’s probably why it hasn’t engendered a lot of response. Things that look this simple are usually quite difficult.

    It’s made me curious. I want to know more now. The idea sounds almost too good to be true. For instance, how does one of these arrays compare to the power output of a turbine?