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a blue circle with white and green lines on it, surrounded by lighter blue halos
Kurzgesagt's logo, a minimalist representation of Earth
FounderPhilipp Dettmer
TypePrivately held company
PurposeAnimation studio
OwnerPhilipp Dettmer
Staff (2020)
YouTube information
Years active2013–present
  • Animation
  • Education
  • Science
  • Philosophy
Subscribers10.8 million[1]
Total views861 million[1]
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2014
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2015
YouTube Diamond Play Button.svg 10,000,000 subscribers 2019
Updated February 16, 2020

Kurzgesagt (/ˌkʊərtsɡəˈzɑːkt/) is a German animation studio founded by Philipp Dettmer. The studio's YouTube channel focuses on minimalist animated educational content, using the flat design style.

It discusses scientific, technological, political, philosophical and psychological subjects. Narrated by Steve Taylor, videos on the channel are typically 4–16 minutes in length, with each available in German through the channel Dinge Erklärt – Kurzgesagt.

With over 10 million subscribers, the studio's channel was ranked as the world's 511th most subscribed in 2019.[2][3]


Patrizia Mosca, former Chief operating officer at Kurzgesagt, speaks at the Internet Days in Stockholm, 2018.

The Kurzgesagt YouTube channel was created on July 9, 2013, shortly after the founder, Philipp Dettmer, graduated from Munich University of Applied Sciences.[4]

The first video, which explained evolution, was published two days later. The videos were more popular than expected, and in six years the channel went from a project worked on during Dettmer's free time to a design studio with over twenty-five employees.[5]

In 2015, Kurzgesagt was commissioned to do a video on the end of disease for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Thereafter, it worked with the foundation on a number of other commissions, including videos about motherhood mortality.[6]


The name derives from the German kurz gesagt (IPA: [ˈkʊɐ̯ts gəˈzaːkt]),[7] which directly translates to "said in short".[8][9][circular reference] It has also been translated as 'in brief' or 'in a nutshell', the latter being used as an English subtitle for the channel's name.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell". YouTube. Retrieved February 16, 2020.
  2. ^ "Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell YouTube Channel Analytics and Report". www.noxinfluencer.com. Retrieved August 20, 2019.
  3. ^ "kurzgesagt YouTube Stats, Channel Statistics". socialblade.com. Retrieved March 31, 2019.
  4. ^ "Kurzgesagt". t3n.de. Retrieved November 3, 2019.[non-primary source needed]
  5. ^ "About". Kurzgesagt. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  6. ^ "Kurzgesagt". facebook.com. Retrieved July 27, 2017.[non-primary source needed]
  7. ^ Kurzgesagt. "Can You Trust Kurzgesagt Videos?". Retrieved March 12, 2019 – via YouTube.
  8. ^ "kurz – Wiktionary". en.wiktionary.org. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  9. ^ "gesagt – Wiktionary". en.wiktionary.org. Retrieved December 8, 2019.
  10. ^ "In a Nutshell – Kurzgesagt – The Shorty Awards". shortyawards.com. Retrieved July 27, 2017.

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