Kurzgesagt's logo, a minimalist representation of Earth
|Motto||In a Nutshell|
|Type||Privately held company|
|Total views||1.26 billion|
Updated: February 06, 2021
Kurzgesagt (//; German for "In a nutshell") 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 many of them available in German through the channel Dinge Erklärt – Kurzgesagt.
Aside from their German channel, they began creating videos for their Spanish channel En Pocas Palabras – Kurzgesagt near the end of 2019. While their English channel mostly finances itself with donations from their viewers and individual sponsorships, the German channel is financially supported by Funk, the online presence of German public broadcasting, and the Spanish channel is sponsored by Wix, in addition to a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
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 forty employees.
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 several other commissions, including videos about motherhood mortality.
In March 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Kurzgesagt uploaded a video on their three channels about how the human body reacts after contracting COVID-19, and how effective are the measures in evading SARS-CoV-2. The English version has over 28 million views, making it the most viewed video on the channel. The German version has been viewed around a million times, and the Spanish version has 285 thousand views. In December 2020, fellow YouTuber Marques Brownlee honored Kurzgesagt, with his "Streamys Creator Honor" award in the 10th Streamy Awards.
The name derives from the German kurz-gesagt (IPA: [ˈkʊɐ̯ts gəˈzaːkt]), which, when taken literally, translates to "shortly said". The English equivalent of this phrase would translate to 'in a few words' or 'in a nutshell', the latter being used as an English subtitle for the channel's name.
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