The Common Craft Blog

This blog is where we announce new videos & talk about the power of explanation & the change it can create. 

We want to help you and yours understand the game of soccer and get the most out of the World Cup 2014!

Coming this week, we’ll publish a free online #SoccerGuide that makes learning about soccer (internationally known as Football) quick and easy.

This is not your average guide. It includes over a dozen animations that cover the most confusing aspects of the sport - all in the form of Common Craft explanations.

It's almost ready, and the front page of the guide will look something like this:

Common Craft Soccer Guide

We love the animations, which are not videos, but animated GIFs. We call them ExplainerGIFs - an animated GIF that explains an idea.

I've included one below that explains the format of the World Cup tournament. It’s 44 seconds long, loops automatically and has no sound.

If you know anyone who is "soccer curious", this guide will help them understand "the beautiful game". Stay tuned!

Meet Maybe - The Newest Addition to Common Craft

Posted by: leelefever on May 22, 2014- 11:53am


Categories: bosco, Dogs, maybe, our work

A few years back, we introduced you to Bosco, our faithful mascot. If you're a subscriber to our newsletter, you've seen him grow up. 

Apparently one dog was not enough.  We now have a 3 month old puppy at Common Craft headquarters named "Maybe".  She's half Bernese Mountain Dog and half Standard Poodle - a "Bernedoodle". And yes, she will be a big dog - likely around 70 pounds. While her names is Maybe, we're pretty sure she's a keeper. :) 

Here are a few photos to enjoy before the long weekend:

This is Maybe at about 10 weeks:

Maybe at 10 Weeks

Bosco has been very tolerant, even as she turns into a projectile puppy.

Maybe the Puppy at 3 Months

She's a little bigger now, but still has those sharp puppy teeth. We all (including Bosco) are ready for those things to go away.

Maybe the Puppy at 3 Months

A full set of Maybe photos can be found on Flickr

We have a tradition of sharing dog photos in our newsletter. If you'd like to keep up with Common Craft videos, news and dogs, you should subscribe. You can do so at the bottom of our home page.

Have you ever watched a Common Craft video and thought - “This could really work for me if I could just make a few changes”? Now you can.

We now offer the Explainer Editor plan that includes the rights to edit any ready-made video in our library using your own software. This means our videos can become a starting point for your own projects.

Along with ready-made videos, the Explainer Editor plan also comes with all Common Craft Cut-outs as both vector art (.EPS) and normal (.PNG) image files so you can create a consistent experience.

Add or remove a scene, add a logo, change or translate the voice-over, it’s up to you.


Edit Common Craft Videos


Please note: You are welcome to share the edited videos publicly on your website, in your classroom, network, etc. However, the edited videos cannot be shared on public video sharing services like YouTube and Vimeo. If you need sharing options, please contact us.

Explainer Editor plans start at $249 a year. Get started.

Our new video explains the basics of programming computers - and specifically, programming languages.

About this video:

Computers can perform amazing feats of speed, repetition and calculation. But what they are really doing is following instructions we write in programming languages. This video is designed to help people understand the role of programming languages in computers.
What it Teaches:

How do we tell computers what to do? Using the simple example of a computer controlling an oven’s temperature, we show how programming languages turn our ideas into instructions the computer can use. It teaches:

  • Why programming languages matter
  • How programming languages provide instructions to computers
  • How we give computers a way to make decisions
  • Why programming is challenging and important

Watch it now...

We'd also like to recognize Jay Fienberg of Juxtaprose for his technical help on this video and others. Thanks Jay!