We recently added the Delay function to our After Effects plug-ins ShapeShifter Ae and FreeForm Pro. Our implementation allows the user to keyframe Delays, and add more organic and dynamic movement to animations. This animation uses delays on all rotations, adding a whimsical touch to these mathematically generated spirals.
Our spiral rotation controls in the Generator feature (FreeForm Pro and ShapeShifter Ae) mimic what happens in nature, much like a nautilus shell, with endless possible permutations. This animation is generated from simple vector shapes in After Effects, that are replicated and animated using FreeForm Pro.
Inspired by Jan Swammerdam, the Dutch scientist (1637 – 1680) who observed the common mathematical characteristics of a wide range of shells from Helix to Spirula. Our fascination with spirals continues today!