Image: (C) 2014 Christoph Niemann The less sexy a story, the better suited for Christoph Niemann. He tells Mashable about his latest work, a series of animated GIFs that explain the process of vaccine cold chains, a means of keeping vaccinations cool and transporting them to countries in need. If he were to tell someone how cold chains worked, he figured the person would fall asleep within a minute and a half.
Niemann’s animations are part of The Art of Saving a Life, a new arts initiative that launched Wednesday. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation commissioned more than 30 renowned artists to explore the importance of life-saving vaccines, each through his or her own medium.
The challenge was boiling down the process in a way that’s both informative and fun, showing the great work that’s being done as well as remaining challenges. Using a hand-drawn style to show emotion and personality, Niemann chose birds because they’re relatable across cultures, ages, genders and ethnicities.
Check out Niemann’s animations and accompanying story below, and be sure to check back Thursday and Friday. We’ll feature more work from The Art of Saving a Life by artist Deborah Kelly and animation artist Katerina Athanasopoulou. Read more…