With a big milestone on the horizon, NACWA was searching for a bold way to celebrate their members’ story – one that would resonate with both industry insiders and members of the general public. To accomplish it, we steered away from the usual interview-heavy retrospective and pitched an evocatively scripted and robustly animated dive into the story of NACWA. The goal: to cruise swiftly and seamlessly from the origins of the clean water movement, through the evolution of NACWA’s mission and membership, to the present day and their ongoing commitment to providing clean water for all. At once unconventional and ambitious, creating such an immersive retelling of a half-century’s history required an equally creative plan – one project leads Susy, Tiffany had to quickly adapt as COVID-19 upended our usual workflow just as we started animation.
In the end, the NACWA’s decision to take a bold animated approach was also the quarantine-proof decision, as our team was able to finalize design, animation, and sound safely from home with plenty of time to spare ahead of NACWA’s 50th-anniversary commemoration event.