The Common Craft Blog

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

2000 Cut-Outs

Posted by: leelefever on January 5, 2015- 3:37pm


Topic: Cut-Outs

Categories: artwork, Images, pngs, vectors, visuals

2014 was a big year for our Cut-outs. The library doubled in size and Common Craft members are using the images in all kinds of projects. In fact, we recently reached a milestone. Our library now contains over 2,000 Cut-outs, all in Common Craft Style. 

Common Craft Cut-outs

Our goal is to provide a libary that gives you enough visuals for any kind of project. Whether it's a presentation, video, infographic or blog post, the Cut-outs can create a fun and engaging style.  Look for a lot more Cut-outs in 2015. 

Today we've published a new video that explains Net Neutrality. 

Note: This video release is special. For the first time in about four years, we're publishing a version of a new video on our website and YouTube so that it can be shared easily.

Why? Because it's about a complex and important subject that could impact all US internet users. This subject deserves to be understood by everyone, so we want to make that easy by making it more sharable. 

Watch the video now on YouTube or Common Craft.

Net Neutrality Common Craft

About This video:

The debate on Net Neutrality is about the future of the Internet and outcomes that could impact every US internet user. This video explains what net neutrality is and why it matters, by focusing first on the idea of neutrality.

What it teaches:

  • What neutrality means outside of the Internet 
  • Why utilities, like providers of electricity, are designed to be neutral
  • Why the internet is currently similar to a utility
  • How the internet experience could change without neutrality
Watch it on YouTube or Common Craft.
Thanks to: Jay FienbergBoris MannDarren BarefootDuncan Rawlinson and Tony Wright for reviewing and providing feedback on multiple versions of this video.

Amazingly Simple Animation About Addiction

Posted by: leelefever on November 21, 2014- 11:25pm


Topic: video

Categories: addiction, animation, drugs, Explanation, video, youtube

"Nuggets" is an animation by German animation director Andreas Hykade. It's an instant classic that exemplifies the beauty of simple yet meaningful communication.  It's a must-watch:

Viewing in email? Watch it here

We love to see students and teachers work together on Common Craft style videos. Almost every day we see photos and videos from classroom projects like this one. You can find 100's Common Craft style videos on YouTube.

While these live-action videos are awesome, Common Craft style videos can also be created using GoAnimate's online video maker. Last year, we partnered with GoAnimate to offer Common Craft Cut-outs as an upgrade to their standard product. Today, this access has been extended to teachers and schools.

GoAnimate for Schools + Common Craft

GoAnimate for Schools offers the GoAnimate video maker with pricing and features that are specific to educational use. And for the first time, Common Craft Cut-outs are available as an add-on to GoAnimate for School accounts.

Teachers and students can now make Common Craft style videos online using genuine Common Craft Cut-outs. Yay! 

Learn more at the GoAnimate for Schools pricing page, where you'll find the image below: