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ELH Challenge #76: Educational Animations

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Fresh off the heels of building my March AWSM Prompt submission, Fit.o.poly, I saw the newest ELH Challenge and knew I needed to jump back in. I’ve been really impressed with the breadth of submissions for this one. It’s been great to see animation in After Effects (which have inspired me to go back and update Rae in Fit.o.poly when I have some downtime), earth sciences, and math because it really stretched my ideas about where animations can be useful. Even if you aren’t participating, I’d say that this was one of those challenges to bookmark for inspiration later.

Time in development: About 4 hours


My own entry into this one was inspired by Charles Hamper’s stop-motion pig animation, submitted for an earlier slider-related ELH Challenge. Immediately after seeing this cool use of sliders, I wanted to emulate it, but I hadn’t had a chance up until now.

Stop-motion pig animation by Charles Hamper


It was a bit difficult coming up with a topic for this one but I settled on some inspiration from my days in library school: book restoration, one of the more interesting and hands-on classes I took during my master’s degree. I love to read and I also really just love books: the size, the shape, the smell of decaying paper. In this class, we were able to tear books apart and learn about how they are restored, not only for the purpose of historical restoration (for example, restoring an important first edition or restoring a book for collector) but also just as a librarian who might need to repair a worn book in the stacks.

Riffing off of Charles’s technique, I created a book vector in Adobe Illustrator and then made slight changes to it to replicate a stop-motion opening and separating effect. 11 images later, I had a passable stop-motion animation.

Many, many layers… so many


So finished is better than perfect and I wanted to get something out before it was too late. But, if I have some extra time, I’d love to add to this project by taking a cue from a great TutsPlus article on adding appeal to animation. Ideally, I could create some small pop-ups with definitions of each book part.

See it in Action

With special thanks to Sea Lemon for giving me permission to use her video, try the demo!

Play the Demo


  1. April 2, 2015 - Reply

    Fantastic demo, Kristin! The video background was a nice tough. I have that topic down for a future challenge:-)

    Thanks again for all the cool ideas you share with the community.

    • K. Anthony
      April 2, 2015

      Thanks for dropping a comment, David! This is probably one of my favorite challenges so far. So many great, different uses!

  2. Stanford
    October 29, 2015 - Reply

    Ohhh, I love it! Great use of animation, bg video and content. I am curious, how did you do the slide to slide animations. It seems like they all animate in as separate elements, but when you click on the navigation triangle they animate out as one.

    Did you use layers, javascript, or some other method? Trying to wrap my head around it! Great work!

    • October 29, 2015

      Hi Stanford,
      That’s just a simple matter of using the timelines and animation features native to Storyline. I applied an animation to each element and used the timeline to decide when it should enter.

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