Rest in Peace, Gideon Baws

Gideon Baws, one of the creative forces behind Shynola, passed away this weekend. Gideon touched many lives, both on a personal and professional level. Although I never met him, the work he created with Shynola remains some of the most innovative, thoughtful animation work I’ve ever seen. His creative vision lives on in the work of the thousands who have been inspired by his work.

The entire Motionographer crew mourns this loss and sends our warmest thoughts to Gideon’s family and loved ones.

UPDATE: Some faulty information was removed from this post regarding the circumstances of Gideon’s passing.

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Justin Cone

Together with Carlos El Asmar, Justin co-founded Motionographer, F5 and The Motion Awards. He currently lives in Austin, Texas with is wife, son and fluffball of a dog. Before taking on Motionographer full-time, Justin worked in various capacities at Psyop, NBC-Universal, Apple, Adobe and SCAD.



so sad, so young :(


having heard the news at the weekend i am still in shock at how to deal with this sad sad news. gideon was a one off original – that rare thing of huge talent, generosity of spirit, enormous fun and a totally nice man. the world needs more souls like him and his loss has robbed us off someone very special who was loved by so many. my thoughts and condolences go out to his family, friends and shynola. i was lucky to have know him and the guys early in their careers and see their work rightly reach stellar acclaim. the great work lives on and so does his remarkable spirit. may it burn bright in all our memories. he will never be forgotten. from us all at onedotzero past and present it was an honour to have known and spent time in his company.


A sad day for the mograph and design community. My condolences to his family and friends. RIP. :-(


My God, how tragic. He lives on through his work. Rest in peace.


I have met him and the shynola team when they were in Melbourne for Popcorn Taxi. He’s lovely. They all are. My condolences to team Shynola, Gideon’s family and friends.


As a young designer shynola were one of the first design groups I got into and if it wasn’t for them my main passion to learn motion graphics wouldn’t of been as strong as it was.
So sad news. My heart and thoughts goes to Shynola team.



Condolences to all his family & friends.


What a shocking and sad loss to the community. These guys inspired an entire generation of creativity across the globe.


Such an inspiration gone, and so young! Very sad day for anyone who loves the best of the best in our craft.


Man, that’s horrible. Shynola was one of the first groups that inspired me to get into motion work. What a loss.


I remember how much I loved The Littlest Robo at Resfest 2004. The thoughtfulness of the script and the subtleties in the animation were extraordinary. I have been a fan ever since. It seemed like Gideon played a big role in shaping Shynola’s style and in turn inspired so many in this industry. He will be missed.


That’s really sad.

What happened to Shynola anyway. Haven’t seen new work by them in years. The last thing i remember were the animations for the Hitchhikers movie few years back.


Too young. RIP Gideon.


Another tragedy. Too young indeed.


our loss.


RIP Gideon. His work and his memories live forever.

Simon Robson

“Go with the flow” and “Eye for an eye” are two of my favourite pieces of all time. I’m so sorry one of Shynola’s number is now gone. He will indeed live on through his work.


incredibly sad. rip


So sorry to hear this, I absolutely love Shynola’s work. Really sad.


Shynola’s work has been massively inspirational. I hope that someone among us can pick up that torch.

somewhere else


The only one of the nolans who not only listened to my bullshit, but asked questions after. You were insanely talented and super nice, you’ll be missed, man.

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