I like kinetic typography

Good type is a beauty to look at. To be able to use letters and words as imagery to convey a message through not only the words themselves but the artist’s arrangement of the words on the page is a skill few have. The problem is that because of my overexposure to TV and internet, if something doesn’t move spastically or cut to a different scene every two seconds or less, I’ll fall asleep faster than…well, even faster than I normally do when I’m not being entertained by seizure-inducing Japanese commercials. So words on a page tend to be a problem. But what other option is there for seeing beautifully arranged type?

Enter kinetic typography. Kinetic typography is a kind of animation and graphic design in which a speech or clip from a movie is portrayed using mainly the words being spoken. It’s hard to explain. But it’s fun to watch, and with that in mind I’ve gathered together my “Top 10 Best Examples of Kinetic Typography” *trumpet flourish*.

Here they are, in no particular order (except that these first five are my favorites):

Who’s on First by Jimmy073

Fight Club – Chemical Burn by gordoteins

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger by lance15100

Dumb and Dumber by ufnc

Pulp Fiction by chuwichuwi

For the sake of space, I’m just going to link to the last five. Be warned, some of these are a tiny bit vulgar:

Tenacious D: Inward Singing by asivins

Wedding Crashers: The Perfect Girl by daftcain

Dwight’s Speech by RojamNairassoy

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels by varic

McDonald’s Prayer by TheCrookedGremlins

So there you have it. My top 10 list of best examples of kinetic typography. If you find one you like better, link it in the comments.

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9 responses to “I like kinetic typography

  1. That Pulp Fiction screenshot is a little vulgar as well. Guess you have a thing for vulgar kinetic type 🙂

  2. Does this count?

    Please eliminate my previous comment. Accidentally sent it from my work account, which I don’t want on personal blogs. Thanks, Chris.

  3. …and by previous comment I mean the one that went to moderation.

  4. I think that counts. And that’s an awesome music video. tMG never ceases to amaze me.

    And the Pulp Fiction vid is pretty vulgar. But it’s my favorite movie so it’s okay. Objectively okay. Since I like it.

  5. basattak

    http://pitchfork.tv/videos/justice-dvno

    the best even though it is not every word in the song.

  6. Griff

    yo basattak’s link was so sick. awesome.

  7. Wait…”so sick” means it’s good, right?

    You kids and your crazy lingo!

  8. yeah, that Justice video is great.

    i really wish that the ‘harder, better, faster, stronger’ vid was a little longer. whoever did that one did a great job.

  9. It’s pretty simple, but I posted this one on my blog awhile back. http://vimeo.com/1561578

    (The blog post was http://www.nerdlets.org/2008/12/09/use-ubiquity-to-listen-to-the-bible-online/)

    It’s an introduction to a new technology, not something exciting like pulp fiction, but I had no term to describe the style at the time. Now I do. Thanks Chris.

    Like the blog.

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