Everyone’s favorite blue bird—the Twitter logo—has a well-kept secret hidden in its design: the iconic character was created using 13 perfect circles that overlap and comprise its graceful curved wings and upward gaze. Inspired by this little-known fact, Toronto-based art director Dorota Pankowska gave herself a similar challenge: produce 13 different animals each constructed out of 13 circles.
Pankowska’s self-imposed rule results in a menagerie of elegantly-illustrated creatures. Colorful in their execution, the baker’s dozen share the same trait: their bodies have the same gentle flow that looks deceptively simple. We know, however, the complexity behind these brilliant designs—Pankowska reveals it in each image. Every illustration begins as a still portrait that suddenly lights up, with animated circles highlighting the intricacies that lie in these animals.
By Sara Barnes