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Common Craft Cut-Outs: Re-Imagined

Posted by: leelefever on February 27, 2014- 9:34am

Categories: business, Cut-Outs, Images, ourwork, powerpoint, visuals

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Whether it's PowerPoint presentations, videos or blog posts, the use of high-quality visuals have become an essential part of communicating clearly. This is why we've invested in our library of Common Craft Style images - what we call "Cut-outs".  We recently made it much easier to browse, search and download Common Craft Cut-outs and use them in visual projects. We currently offer over 1,400 high resolution images in .PNG format. All Common Craft memberships come with access to Cut-outs,... Continue Reading

New Video: Social Networking (Facebook)

Posted by: leelefever on January 12, 2012- 9:14am

Categories: Explanation, facebook, New Video, ourwork, socialnetworking

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Today we've published a new video:  Social Networking (Facebook). This video is a much-requested sequel to our video on Social Networking.  As you likely know, a lot has changed in the world of Social Networking as Facebook has emerged to be one of the standards - and this video is aimed at why.  It covers the basic ideas through the story of a woman who becomes a member and discovers how the social network and status updates help her feel more informed and engaged with her interests. ... Continue Reading

New Video: Plagiarism Explained by Common Craft

Posted by: leelefever on October 25, 2011- 10:26am

Categories: Common Craft Video, education, Explanation, ourwork, plagiarism, video

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Today we’re publishing a new video: Plagiarism Explained by Common Craft   One of our most suggested titles, this video is aimed at educators who are on the front lines of helping students of all ages understand and avoid plagiarism.    In researching this video it became clear that there are two types of plagiarism - intentional and unintentional.  While we cover intentional plagiarism, we also highlight the situation where a person has positive intentions, but lacks information about what... Continue Reading

The New Common Craft is Now Live!

Posted by: leelefever on August 9, 2011- 1:54pm

Categories: business, New Common Craft, ourwork, strategy, website

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It's true!  We just launched our new website and business. Here’s a quick review: Common Craft is now a video subscription service. You or your organization can become a Common Craft member and have your own online library of all current and future Common Craft videos for use in classrooms and on the web. Membership features include: Instant access - your own growing library of Common Craft videos Sharing tools - easily embed, display or download any video Worry-free membership - no extra fees... Continue Reading

Lessons Learned in the Custom Video Industry

Posted by: leelefever on July 7, 2011- 11:16am

Categories: custom videos, Explanation, Lesson, ourwork

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Recently Cisco released a study that predicted that by 2013, 90% of all consumer IP (Internet) traffic will be video.  90% two years from now. Wow. I imagine a good portion of this will come from mass media; news, TV shows, Netflix, etc. I’m also quite sure that a growing number of these videos will be short videos that are made for the specific purpose of promoting and explaining an organization’s products and services. Indeed, I think nearly every organization with a website could benefit... Continue Reading
Today we're publishing a new video called Computer Viruses and Threats - Explained by Common Craft   This video is part of a series on Net Safety and focuses on the basics of viruses, worms and trojans. It also includes information on the role of anti-virus software, software updates and awareness in preventing problems.  This video, along with our complete library, will be available through our new offering which will be available this summer.  If you're interested, you can sign up to be... Continue Reading
The video below was made with the Trustworthy Computing Team at Microsoft. As we learned, there is a debate brewing in the world of software security.  It's a debate about how to report problems that are discovered in software - what the industry calls "vulnerabilities". I'll let the video speak for itself on covering the issues. For this post though, I want to talk about the use and power of visual metaphors, which was a big challenge for this project.  Here's a question for you: how do you... Continue Reading

35 Million Served - How and Where it Happened

Posted by: leelefever on April 18, 2011- 9:57am

Categories: analysis, data, google, ourwork, views

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We're approaching the 4 year mark in our video business.  On April 27th, we'll celebrate the anniversary of posting "RSS in Plain English" on YouTube and our website.  Since that time a lot has happened, but I think it's interesting that the RSS video, which we did on a whim, established much of the style for which we are known around the world. It's these anniversaries that prompt me to step back and take a look at the data and wonder how it all happened. In a nutshell, we're into the 10’s of... Continue Reading

Why Do Animated Videos Work?

Posted by: leelefever on February 22, 2011- 4:00pm

Categories: animation, Explainer Network, Explanation, ourwork

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We’re approaching the four year mark in making Common Craft videos and over this time, I’ve always wondered: why do videos work? In fact, I think the bigger question is not just our videos, but any short animated video that is designed to educate. What is it about this style of video that hold people’s attention and helps them learn? First, what is an animated video?   Let’s talk about what it’s not. An animation is not live action - animated videos don’t usually have actors, sets and stages.  ... Continue Reading
When people ask about the inspiration for our style of videos, I often say that our videos reflect the way that I wish I had learned in school. My learning style wasn't a good match for the way I was taught.  Recently we completed a custom video project with the Buck Institute for Education (BIE) that focuses on a Project Based Learning or "PBL", and boy did it open my eyes. I can now see that I needed teachers who put PBL to work. I needed to get up from my desk and engage. I needed to work on... Continue Reading

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