US Open 2015

Animation for the US Open. If I was an "O" I'd attempt a through the body lob too.

Duke Kahanamoku

Some designs for the Hawaiian father of surfing and swimming Olympic gold medalist The Duke. The Tiki style swimming line test is unfinished.

800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.

Welcome to Runnymede, England. It's June 15th, 1215 and negotiations between unpopular King John & the Barons are tense! By sealing and signing the Magna Carta (the Great Charter of the Liberties) King John reluctantly set in motion powerful laws that changed our lives to this very day.

I set about arranging a scene where characters represent the logo through colours. The Magna Carta stipulated protection for the barons from illegal imprisonment, so despite King John's chuckle at our excited prisoner help is on hand from an unlikely source! 

I guess grumpy King John will have to carry that throne home himself.


Colonel Robert Wilson's grainy photograph of Nessie made a big splash. The iconic image of a sea serpent rising out of the water paved the way for the myth of the Loch Ness Monster.

Sketching boats in dockyards was the inspiration for this illustration. Once I'd assemble working cogs as the Google logo, all that was left was to show a cut away and reveal of what REALLY took place under the surface.

The Pony Express

The notion of triumph through adversity is inspirational. So when William H.Russell, Alexander Majors & William B Waddell founded the Pony Express on April 3rd, 1860, they set in motion a wonderful yet daunting method of communication.

What a concept- Riders with letters on horseback racing from California to Missouri and vice versa to deliver mail in 10 days or less! Nearly exactly true to their word, the first mail arrived on April 14th.

The Pony Express felt like a great game concept to us at Google. We've made time based games in the past so our new idea was simple. Collect letters, avoid obstacles and aim for the ultimate 100 letter delivery!

The Pony Express needs YOU. And ultimately, whatever happens in life, what's more important than earning trust and respect from a horse?

Play the game HERE

Roll call:

Engineering wizardry- Mark Ivey, Kris Hom, Brian Murray.
Background wonderfulness- Kevin Laughlin.
Project management- Greg Capuano.
Game ideas- Everyone here!
Art direction & character design/animation- Matt Cruickshank.

Below are all my concepts, ideas and animation from development:

Holidays 2014 - A short film.

Holidays almost always involve travel and transport, and I wanted to celebrate the variety of ways we do this. Choosing a suitcase/backpack motif, I set about creating multiple people that transform and adapt to their surroundings. It's a "door to door journey" seen through many eyes. Whatever our destination this holiday- a snowy mountain, a perfect wave or a crackling fire, we hope you enjoy the ride!

The music is "Seabird" by Matt Saxton.

Below are initial designs and test animation, props built in 3d and looped gifs of some of the characters. The film is HERE.

Holidays 2014

Looped gif for day 2 of the holiday season.

John Lennon

Test piece of animation referencing the 1969 photo shoot at Sunninghill, Berkshire.

Thor Heyerdahl & Kenojuak Ashevak

Art & design for the intrepid Norwegian adventurer who led the Kon-Tiki expedition (and excavated an Easter Island sculpture) along with an illustration for the Canadian Inuit Artist Ashevak.

World Cup 2014- Outtakes.

Animation not used- A Brazil exit doodle showing a popped ball, and the perils of playing football in the office!