Here at Planet Nutshell, we’ve been making explainer videos since 2007, and we’ve changed a lot since then. In the early days, our founder, Josh Gunn was doing all the scriptwriting, storyboarding, and animation himself. But as the popularity of Nutshells grew, he knew he needed help (and more artistic talent). And so the era we so fondly refer to as the “Era of Trevor” began. With Trevor Piecham onboard, Planet Nutshell truly started to fire on all cylinders. In 2012, as we continued to grow, animator John McGowen joined our team. As we take a stroll down memory lane below, see if you can spot the first video in the series below that Trevor worked on, and be sure to check out our new Q Factor video, which really displays John’s talent, and the mark he’s made on our work.


We recently completed our second video for Dadanco, a green air conditioning company. It was a real challenge to balance fun with explaining some pretty sophisticated products. Albert seems to be happy with the results, though.

We also recently completed this video for Q Factor, a John McGowen masterpiece!



Last year, we came out with this video for Microsoft SkyDrive and Office. This was a big project for us, as it was for a big brand and the video was localized and distributed globally as part of a back-to-school marketing push.



Ah yes, our Google Wallet Nutshell. Viewed by millions and included on every Android phone. Our reputation was founded on it. I got a call from a very high-level Google exec thanking us for making it. That was a good day.



I’m including this one for the ninja. Hot tip: It never hurts to have a ninja in an explainer video.



We made a big series of videos for Sitecom, a Dutch consumer networking hardware manufacturer.  I love the zombie in this one.



And here’s our very first project. We made this video for Brooks Sports, to explain their BioMoGo sustainable shoe technology.