German kids television KIKA needed a visual identiy, the on-air-design, and a leading character for their all-virtual show KUMMERKASTEN. "Kummerkasten" is a German colloquial term for a sort of trouble box or suggestion box, basically a place for the kids to share your troubles. Our goal was to provide an open space that was neither geared only to boys nor only to girls, and that could serve a whole bunch of different topics.
The show is all-digital and recorded live, which was both a challange and an opportunity. The graphic package had to be based on a low-poly approach, making sure we express a maximum range of emotions and movement with a minimum amount of stuff that the hardware had to render.
Based on that, we developped simple yet satifsying animation and a character to lead through the show. It was dubbed "Emo" by the producers (from emoticon, we surmise). We based Emo vaguely on Pixar's Eve, a robot creature which could express all kinds of emotions with a simple set of strokes and lip-movements in its robot face.
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