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Welcoming Two New Members of the Explainer Network

Posted by: leelefever on September 20, 2009- 5:00pm

Categories: business, Explainer Network, Explanation, network, video

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We're so excited to have two new members of our Explainer Network of custom video producers.  Lilipip is a Seattle-based company that has been making videos for years. They're seeing new opportunities in the world of animated video explanations and we think they'll be a great fit for the Network.  From their listing: We make animated videos about your product, service, or concept. We’re an “Open-Source Creative” team with transparent pricing and processes – featuring global artists with a wide... Continue Reading

Video: Stock Markets in Plain English

Posted by: leelefever on September 1, 2009- 5:00pm

Categories: Common Craft Video, Explanation, financialbasics, money, ourwork, video

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Today we've published a new video: Stock Markets in Plain English This video is one of our most requested and focuses on a few basic ideas: Why companies offer their stock to the public Why people buy and sell stocks What makes stock prices change How we measure stock markets using indices This video is part of our Money series and one of the first to touch on markets.  It was also one of the toughest to make. Economic forces like supply and demand can quickly turn into rabbit holes. Keeping... Continue Reading

New Explainer Network Member: 1/29 Explainers

Posted by: leelefever on August 12, 2009- 5:00pm

Categories: business, Explainer Network, Explanation, network, video

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We're excited to announce a new member of the Common Craft Explainer Network, 1/29 Explainers. Executive producer Nick Seuser and the 1/29 team have ton of experience in the film and video world. Our introduction to 1/29 was through the "Behind the Logic" series of videos they did for Pandora. You can watch them on the 1/29 Explainers home page. We were impressed with the entertaining creative way they explain the logic that connects the music that plays via Pandora.  Here's an example: 1/29... Continue Reading

Video: Insurance in Plain English

Posted by: leelefever on July 20, 2009- 5:00pm

Categories: Common Craft Video, Explanation, financialbasics, money, ourwork, video

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Today we've published a new video: Insurance in Plain English As we wrote recently, we're focusing on our Money category over the next month or two.  This video, Insurance in Plain English, is meant to explain why insurance exists, what service it provides, how it works and what role it plays in being financially responsible. Insurance is a concept that surrounds us all the time. In fact, it's so common that it's easy to assume that everyone understands it and why it makes sense.... Continue Reading

Potential Confusion Avoided - rPath Video

Posted by: leelefever on July 6, 2009- 5:00pm

Categories: business, help request, legal, ourwork, video

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Yesterday, we posted about a video by a company called rPath with the title "Cloud Computing in Plain English." Read about it here. The blog post came as a result of our unsuccessful efforts over six months to illustrate to rPath that their video, because of the combination of the "in Plain English" title and use of paper-cut outs on a whiteboard, was a source of confusion for Common Craft customers. Because rPath insisted on using legal means to communicate their stance, we chose to take a... Continue Reading
Updated: The issue described below has been resolved. You can read about it here. While we are happy to be an inspiration for educators and individuals, sometimes we see examples of commercial organizations that choose to make videos that cause potential confusion. When a video uses paper cut-outs on a whiteboard and "in Plain English" in the title, people may mistake it for part of the Common Craft video series. This confusion compromises the hard work we've put into building the Common Craft... Continue Reading

Video: Twitter Search in Plain English

Posted by: leelefever on June 15, 2009- 5:00pm

Categories: Common Craft Video, Explanation, ourwork, plainenglish, twitter, video

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Today we released a new video called "Twitter Search in Plain English" The video uses an metaphor of the small town of "Twitterville." The town has an election and the people use Twitter to track real-time news, a hashtag to organize discussions and trends to find new information. While it wasn't our intention, the video matches closely with the events currently taking place in Iran, where people are using Twitter to organize and share news about their disputed election. If you know people who... Continue Reading

A Better Way to Learn Chemistry

Posted by: leelefever on June 8, 2009- 5:00pm

Categories: education, Explanation, science, video

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If I could have learned chemistry this way, I might have discovered a career in science. Via Daily Dish

Chalkboard Animation: FireKites "Autumn Story"

Posted by: leelefever on May 4, 2009- 5:00pm

Categories: animation, art, video

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I really love the effect of shadow of the previous image that is left on the chalkboard. I wonder what would happen if we tried this on the whiteboard? I'm sure it wouldn't be nearly as cool. Firekites - AUTUMN STORY - chalk animation from Lucinda Schreiber on Vimeo. via: Drawn.ca

The Story of Our First Video, 2 Years Ago Today

Posted by: leelefever on April 22, 2009- 5:00pm

Categories: buzz, history, rss, stats, video

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It's true. Two years ago today, we posted our very first video, RSS in Plain English. We had no idea what we were doing, or how that video would transform our lives. We had a tripod, camera and a whiteboard, and that was about. The video was lit with bedroom lamps and I was speaking directly into the microphone on the camera as I moved around the pieces of paper. The video was edited with Windows Movie Maker. It was inspired by a blog post from 2004 with the title "RSS Described in Plain... Continue Reading

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