Motion graphics
Legic IDConnect

Traditional 2D animation for the Westerners ( and their swiss client Legic. It premiered at the security trade show »Sicherheit 2013« in Zurich.

SPD – »Für Bildungsgerechtigkeit!«

While election is over and the SPD didn’t perform as hoped, the info stop-motion movies are still of relevance. This week coalition talks continue and SPD party leaders do not tire to repeat that most parts of their pre-election goals apply to the policy they want to pursue in a possible coalition with the chancellor’s [...]

SPD – »Für gerechte Steuern & kontrollierte Märkte!«

VoilĂ , the third movie for the SPD. Although it’s the Green Party that was considering the introduction of a Veggie Day for cantines, vegetables became quite handy in explaining the social democratic ideas for a reformed German tax system and regulated financial markets.

SPD – »Sicherheit im Alter!«

The second spot for the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) went live today. It is all about retirement and pensions and it got some cute bunnies, kittens, rainbow horses, heavy machines and dinosaurs. (All part of my very own stamp collection now.)

SPD – »Arbeit ist mehr wert«

I’m currently producing a series of several info stop-motion shorts for the German Social Democratic Party (SPD). The first film got released yesterday and is titled »Arbeit ist mehr wert« (»Work is worth more«).


I recently started producing two videocasts. For those who wonder what the heck that might be: Videocasting is the process of filming and releasing a series of videos on the internet. – Just like TV without its limitations of time and format.

Commercial work

I did some old school [sic!] animations and title design for a documentary called »Meine Federtasche ist im Westen« (»My pencil case is in the west«) back in late 2009. It’s about a primary school role play on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Wall.


While working on an opening for a videocast I was playing around with audio spectrums and expressions. On the way I made these four tiny sketches. Neither of the approaches made it into the final piece, but I thought I might show them here anyways.

Razzle Dazzle menu

Rearranging my several backup harddrives I stumbled upon some folders that contained a portfolio DVD of mine which I made in 2007 mostly with the intention to help me getting enrolled at Central Saint Martins. The DVD fulfilled it’s purpose and got forgotten afterwards until now.

DEFA trailer nominated for German Design Award

The trailer Buchstabenschubser produced last summer for the DEFA foundation is nominated for the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany 2010 (Designpreis Deutschland). The 2 minutes long 35mm clip already won the 2nd Design Award 2008 of the Federal State of Brandenburg.

CSM studio work

While I’m working in my first year with the Vietnam pop maps on something non-digital  I was kind of missing motion design a bit. The research on information design and map making led me to these two short animations. The above one is a representation of a structure of cohesive mountains in the Swiss Alps [...]


‘Ichisichisichisich’ is a music video that was produced by Sir ja sir in cooperation with comic artist Christopher “Piwi” Tauber for a competition of the German rap formation Die Fantastischen Vier. Their song of the same name was the second single of their 2007 album ‘Fornika’. Our submission reached the last 20 contestants.

26/20 (SOL Where Is It?)

In a reproductive world men and machines own a native faultiness. These immanent faulty designs separate the particular partner in the overall system, the human-machine universe. ‘26/20 (SOL Where is it?)’ visualises the isolation and the loss of power in an unlocatable space of faultiness. Thereby the consequence of an error, the accident, is excluded, [...]

It covers the hillside

‘It covers the hillside’ was meant to be a live visualisation for the Texan folk rockers Midlake. Unfortunately they never used it on stage. The basis of the kaleidoscopic film are about a dozen Creative Commons movies of the Prelinger Archive.
‘It covers the hillside’ 11/2006; 03:15 mins; PAL 16/9

Break the hood & Freedom fighter

Both micro movies ‘Freedom Fighter’ and ‘Break the hood’ are a Sir ja sir production. ‘Freedom Fighter’ is about a hero who saves the world in an unconventional way. In the second clip, ‘Break the Hood’, break dancers are taking over the city. ‘Break the hood’ won the first price at the 2007 O2 Mobile [...]


‘Panzer’ was the practical part of my BA dissertation in European Media Studies. It is a music video for a song of the same name of the Mediengruppe Telekommander. The theoretical component was an inventory control of music videos entitled “Machine guns in the picture stream – music videos and the war”. ‘Panzer’ montages hundreds [...]

This is the online portfolio for motion and design projects and related research of Nico Roicke. I'm a graduate of MA Communication Design, pathway Digital Media, at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. Also I'm part of the motion design studios Sir ja sir and Buchstabenschubser.

Beside motion graphics (or motion design, if you prefer) I'm the co-founder of the fanzine and weblog Jackpot Baby! - New digital pop culture (all texts unfortunately in German language) and I write for Berlin's finest Webblog Spreeblick - Pop, Politics, Products & Positions (German again). Go and catch up some of my latest tweets on Twitter (English and German, it's really hard to tell) or take a glance at some of my Flickr pics and Vimeo vids.