A Brief History Of Numerical Systems – Alessandra King

A Brief History Of Numerical Systems

Who cares about learning calculus, when you can geek out on the brief history of numerical systems?

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9… and 0. With just these ten symbols, we can write any rational number imaginable. But why these particular symbols? Why ten of them? And why do we arrange them the way we do? Alessandra King gives a brief history of numerical systems.

Lesson by Alessandra King, animation by Zedem Media.


Ever since he was a child, Woody has dreamt of playing piano.

The problem is that he only has wooden paddles for hands.

Stuck in a job he doesn’t want, Woody spends his days dreaming of being a concert pianist.

His dreams are big…but they’re about to get out of hand.

Woody is a stop-motion animation shot in Sydney, Australia (2013).

Embroidered Animation Created Using Vinyl Records

Embroidered Animation Created Using Vinyl Records

Elliot Schultz designed embroidered animations to be played on a turntable.


Embroidered Zoetrope from Elliot Schultz on Vimeo.

This project encourages viewers to watch and engage with animation physically.

Discs were created with animated sequences embroidered onto their surface. They have been designed to be played on standard turntables and their shape and size is inherited from 10″ vinyl records. The animation is activated when a strobe light illuminates the discs in sync with the embroidered frames of animation.

This work was completed for my degree project at the ANU School of Art in 2013.

For more information on the project including process shots, check it out on my website: http://elliotschultz.com/work/embroidered-zoetrope/

‘Educator’ by Melt


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