We are creating animation characters again in the tradition of our popular Viva Kids papercup-characters. Inga Guzyte and I have been spinning our heads around lately and are gearing up for the creation of a kids show.  We have made these guys below in a recent spontaneous attack of creativity... can you guess who Captain Jack Sparrow is?
Please come to collaborate on more characters this Thursday at a free event at Viva Design!




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Events and Workshops:

The new demand for creativity...
I will repeat my lucidity talk at fishbon event labs, for those who missed it!
The talk is about how the new connection economy demands artists and how creativity is a required more than ever. Inspired by Seth Godin's book  "The Icarus Desception" 
Wednesday, May 21st, 8 pm, Fishbon Events, Pescadrome, Santa Barbara

Creative Night at Viva Design:
We will create characters and objects out of recycled materials and will stop motion animate them
in the style of our famous papercup characters.
Thursday, April 24th, 6 pm to 9pm
This is a free event, please bring food, drink and ideas to share as well as items that can be recycled. 
Rsvp required.
Yeah! Inga and I will be teaching a summer camp again...all about animation!
I am looking forward to that one! It will be at Vita Arts in Ventura, June 16-20th from 1-4pm.
Geared towards teens ages 13 and up, we will demonstrate how you can animate with various different gadgets (low tech/high tech) and create your own titles, animations, stories. This will be a blast. 



Viva Design generates out-of the box ideas and produces motion graphics that are simpler, smarter, more memorable, playful, sparkly, fast and furious.

Viva Design Inc. was founded in 1998 by Ulrike Kerber. Based in Santa Barbara, California, it has won awards and nominations such as The Television Academy Emmy nomination, New York Festival, BDA, Omni Awards, Type Directors' Club Award, and Art Director's Club Award. In addition to its own Love to Read brand, Viva Design has produced branding for clients such as ABC, Discovery Channel, Disney Channel, Nickelodeon-Noggin, Travel Channel, Warner Brothers and Oprah's OWN. For more information, please visit

For any inquiries about workshops or broadcast design please contact:
Ulrike Kerber, creative director,

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Vivakids is part of Viva Design studios, a lab and think tank where designers, artists and kids work together in multiple ways to express creativity.  We stimulate divergent thinking by using one topic at a time (for example the Alphabet) and generate many different ideas about the topic.
Kids learn the use of stopmotion animation as creative tool and an excellent exercise in persistence and staying in the moment.    
Vivakids' DVDs and ipad apps are must-have learning tools for your thriving child today.