bike wheel animation by katy beveridge
bike wheel animation by katy beveridge bike wheel animation by katy beveridge
nov 25, 2011

bike wheel animation by katy beveridge

katy beveridge creates animations by the spinning of paper cutouts fixed inside the wheels of a bicycle

by assembling paper cutouts into the wheels of bicycles, london-based graphic designer katy beveridge creates a zoetrope– the spinning devices that typically produce the illusion of a moving animation from a series of static pictures.

interestingly, this zoetrope effect can only captured on film; to the naked eye, the movement of the wheels occurs too quickly and is perceived as a blur. captured frame by frame, however, beveridge’s snowflake-like designs produce captivating animated visual effects that mimic bobbling gears, growing plumes, and other abstract forms.

video footage of the bicycle zoetrope

view of the bicycles with designs

full view of bike wheel

early test video, with moving images placed along the tires

via thenextweb

  • I noticed this effect as a child, on a car passing by my family’s, at night. I figured out, later in life, that the street lights pulsed at 60Hz and that simulated the shutter effect which allowed the wheels to appear to be turning backward as the car moved forward, at just the right speed.

    Danux says:
  • waycool

    dbkii says:
  • this is pure love


    nachofabio says:
  • there is a company that makes nice light displays for bicycle wheels: . less zoetrope and more just motion-based visual illusion, but they have some kind of neat visuals.

    JRG says:
  • The Zoetrope uses a shutter, usually created by a slit in the walls of the cylinder. In this case, the “shutter” is the camera shutter–even digital cameras take multiple distinct images which play back faster than our eye can recognize as non-moving. I think 24 frames per second is the speed usually used by movie cameras shooting on film.

    Taping a piece of cardboard with a wide slit cut into it onto the fork may provide enough shutter effect–it will give your eye a place to rest while the image moves behind it.

    But very bike-related would be to point a flashing bike light at the wheel. The stroboscopic effect will freeze the images–the only challenge would be to not ride so fast that an observer doesn’t get to enjoy the show.

    Ruben says:
  • Nice Animation

    Smash Web Media says:
  • Is there downloadable DIY patterns? I WANT!!!!!!!

    flyingdutch says:
  • I love this idea! It´s simple, beautiful and just great!
    Katy, could you make some of this for us? 😉

  • after filming those images by digital camera
    Do you need to speed up the films on movie maker or not?

    BB says:

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