One of my favorite things about this animated series about stem cells is their deliberate decision to keep each short around one minute. I’m sure multiple reasons exist for this decision, but the most salient one is probably attention span. In the digital age, if you can keep your message short yet informative, concise yet eloquent, then you will probably get more eyeballs on it. Fair or not, that’s the way things are these days.
This article from the Children’s Neurobiological Solutions website does a great job of explaining this series. In a nutshell:
StemCellShorts is a video series created by Ben Paylor and his team with the intent of making complex science easier to understand. Armed with a Public Outreach Award from Stem Cell Network (SCN), StemCellShorts has used animation and narration to link researchers in the field of regenerative medicine with the public.
Visit the article for more from the scientists working on the research and the filmmakers behind the animations. As visual essays, these films are really great examples about how beautiful design and animation can really enhance scientific data. While the science is fascinating, it is all too often presented in a dry format that does it a disservice. Visual essays are packaged deals that have all the elements needed for an enjoyable educational experience.