Friday, December 4, 2009

20 Amazing Kinetic Typography Videos

Kinetic Typography as defined in Wikipedia is
the technical name for "moving text"—is an animation technique mixing motion and text. This text is presented over time in a manner intended to convey or evoke a particular idea or emotion. It is often studied in Communication Design and Interaction Design courses. Some commonly seen examples of this technique include movie title sequences and credits, web page animation and other entertainment media.
This form of visual communication, in my mind, is very powerful. When done well, the words and sounds themselves take on a life of their own. When you are restricted down to only text and simple animations, you need to be very creative to evoke emotion. Typography 101 is a staple of any art program, but new technologies are taking it to another level.

This form of communication is more difficult than it seems given the creativity needed to convey an idea only through text. The videos below are created using Adobe Flash, Adobe After Effects, or Apply Motion and have so many possible uses.

Kinetic typography is a new form of art and I wanted to share with you some amazing examples. Below are 20 videos on YouTube and more can be found by searching for kinetic typography or your favor movie followed by the word typography.

Fight Club - Chemical Burn - Kinetic Typography

Pulp Fiction in Motion Graphics

Full Metal Jacket in Motion for AMC - by Brandon Lori

Oceans Eleven Project

Matrix animation

Zoolander Typography

Blink 182 - Online Songs Kinetic Typography

Citizen Cope - Let The Drummer Kick (AFX)

Who's on First? Typography

Fight Club - Chemical Burn - Kinetic Typography

Typography Experiment to The Hush Sound's "We Intertwined"

Psychatric Answering Machine Typography Animation

V for Vendetta in Kinetic Typography

The Big Lebowski Typography

Streetlight Manifesto - "Would You Be Impressed"

Kinetic Typography - Live Out Loud

Mad As Hell! Kinetic Typography

Nick the Greek

REQUIEM FOR A DREAM in typography / motion type

Dumb and Dumber Kinetic Typography


Jonathan said...

Good choices Chris. My favorite is still the Sam Jackson monologue from Pulp fiction. It's simplicity makes it.

I handn't seen the Full Metal Jackt piece before. I like the introduction of iconic war images. It's a nice touch.

Both of these rely on the actor's ability to deliver the lines effectively. If you or I were to read the monologues, they would not be as effective. There is something to be said for good voice talent.

The answering maching ranks high for me as well.
The intorduction of line as a narrative element makes this more than just a clever bit of tile and move.

Yax said...

Good ones. Please also check out this cute Little Drummer Boy video:

Little Drummer Boy by Ten Days Till – [Christmas Music Video]

Here’s the youtube link

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