Thursday, 30 December 2010

Tuesday, 28 December 2010


Based in Karlsruhe/Germany

Paper Planes

Paper Planes

Based in Barcelona/Spain.

The New York Tines Magazine

Based in New York/USA.



Based in The Netherlands.


Based in Lyon/France


Futu is based in Warsaw/Poland and all info taken from the website.

FUTU MAGAZINE Polish magazine which approaches a different design studio to art direct each issue
FUTU is an international, bilingual exclusive album released twice a year in Warsaw, Poland
FUTU brings new look to design, photography, fashion and luxury by combining most advanced publishing techniques with newest trends in graphic design and typography.

Here is a video posted on their site...

Futu Mission Statement
To highlight aesthetic aspects of life and positive models of material world. To present interesting and innovative solutions in design and fashion
To spread an optimistic vision of the future. To focus on quality of life. To stimulate creative progress
To become an international platform for creative expression of the most prestigious design studios in the world by inviting the graphic studios to contribute in following issues of the magazine.

Highly creative individuals presenting their subjective vision of the world

Impartial observation and analysis of social life of modern people. Looking at cultures, subcultures, people, relationships, society and teams. Seeing dependence and independence.

Fresh and creative solutions in: design, fashion, art, architecture, objects; quality of living.

Limited circulation - 6500 copies
Printed as an album
Size: 230x280
High quality print and paper, several types of paper in every issue.

available worldwide (Paris, London, Milan, New York, Stockholm, Zurich, Tokyo, in selected bookstores and concept stores (eg. Colette, Palais de Tokyo bookstore).
Magazine packaging in specially designed carton boxes.

ul. wilcza 42 / 12 00-679 WARSAW POLAND
T/F 22 622 07 75
editor - in - chief
editor - in - chief
development director / publisher
publishing director

(I have kept the ones which are most applicatble to my design direction... honestly I deleted some!)

Design Week Awards shortlist, Editorial Design category.
DAD Awards, nomination in the category of Magazine
New York Type Directors Club distinction:Typography Excellence

Golden Chimera - Best Magazine
Silver Chimera - Cover
Silver Chimera - Typography
Bronze Chimera - Table of Contents

Nomination in the category of Graphic Design

Golden Chimera - Best Magazine
Golden Chimera - Cover

Gold in the category of Design

Bronze Chimera - Best Magazine
Bronze Chimera - Market Debut

Golden Eagle in the category of Design

I really like some of their first designs, but have to say I'm not a big fan of their more recent designs. I intend to collect some of the older magazines, however they are sold out! Here are some of my favourite front covers and layout designs. 

Futu front covers.

Futu layout.



Architectural Review

Architectural Review

Little White Lies

Little White Lies has no constant design from one issue to the next and from what I have seen it works so well. There is constant in that they use 'chapters' to break up the info, the front cover layout and the hand-drawn feel of the headline design. Beautiful stuff.

Little White Lies front cover designs.


Elephant magazine was launched in Nov 2009, published quarterly and is defined as "new art and culture magazine". I love the simple but effective layout. It looks so clean cut and fresh with the guides aiding your eyes where to look. Every now and then when the text is at a different angle, it brings it up to date and edgy. I have posted this onto my enterprise blog with more business info, click here.

Cover of the 1st issue of Elephant.

Why Not Associates

Why Not Associates


Spin is based in London and do some amazing brochure and catalogue designs. I like how they can really demonstrate their design over different medias and formats from posters to leaflets. Link to enterprise post.

Mima exhibition advertising.

Sainsbury's Tu Home launch catalogue.

D&AD 2005 Annual.

Monday, 13 December 2010

Anh Minh

This is a pretty good example in my mind of kinetic typography. Even though it is all keps on one level, the type does extend beyond the frame and the use of changing colours really reflects the content at some specific stages in the song. I think the the techniques used are used very well. Yes it may not use loads of different transitions, but the ones which it does employed are executed more professionally.

Typography: Dedicated (Updated version) from Anh Minh on Vimeo.

Ben White

I like most aspects of this animation... but what is getting a bit annoying is when words are bigger just to make them fit into a desired place. The massive Nick is one section of this is a prime example where it is just not neccessary for it to be that big. As an aid to the words, I do not think it needs to be so bit. Yes visually, it looks better if it fits into a nice shape, but what is the point in making the majority of the words reflect the content, when you let it down by ignoring the simple tone of voice?

Nick the Greek from Ben White on Vimeo.


I really like the bit from 30 seconds to 40 seconds...

MaRS - The Business of Aging Summit (Opener) from ON THE CHASE! on Vimeo.

Andrea Streeter

Because it is Christmas and its not too bad...

Colbert Kinetic Type from Andrea Streeter on Vimeo.

Storm Movie

The typography and look of the animation in this video is wicked. I really like how they both fit with each other, even though they are at different points and not on the same screen at the same time. The relationship between the two is really nice and refreshing.


This video demonstrates what I was looking for in kinetic typography. A new approach... by using kinetic typography in this music genre it becomes the focus, rather than a picture of a person. I really like the transitions.

Bryce Courtenay

This trailer for a new book is really nice... shame about the ending though. The book cover doesn't fit at all with the animation, but it is needed in the advertisement. I like the mix of type and image and the flow of one line throughout. 

25 'amazing' typography videos....

... apparently.

I have blogged my favourite from this list but overall I am pretty shocked at how many kinetic type videos I don't like! Alot of them all use the same texhniques, I am trying to find ones which I find inspiring and not the same thing over and over again... Type tilting, etc.

Social Media Revolution

I only wish the transitions between keyframes were slower, after a few minutes my head hurts and I can't take in anymore information... but still pretty informative... I suppose it could have been repersented better with less words as like my Dare post.

Saturday, 11 December 2010

George Horne

I really don't like this! The choice of typography and instant use of majuscule letterforms are just a stupid decision. 


Marianna Ludensky and Justin Weber

Oh my god. I love this. It is amazing. Alphabets are smething I love... not really sure why. But when displayed in this way it makes it even more special. Creating a digital typeface from a normal object is marvelouus and to animate it in such a way with versitility is beautiful!

One of my favoiurite pieces I have found all year! K and W are my favourite x

Matt rogers

This is a really nice take on kinetic type. Really using the frame to his advantage by expanding greatly outside it then revisiting to create the finale. ''I loved this particular essay on language and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to make my first kinetic typography. I hope you like it and even if you dont I would like to heard what you think in the comments section. Also I know that at points the audio does not match the text so you do not have to write that. It is because I copied the transcript off of Stephen's website and it was not 100% exactly what he said and i did not notice until I was well underway. However these cases are few and far between. Just incase you were wondering the programs I used to make this were all by adobe. Mostly after effects but also flash and illustrator. Flash for the changing background colour transitions and illustrator for putting the words in to the shape of 'language' before loading it into after effects to animate."

Dane Cook

The audio has been enhanced with this animation. They work really well together and back each other up. The fast pace is also a good pint. Great reflection of content.

Crunch videos

Stretch videos/images

Explode videos

I know in my head what an explosion looks like but I think if I have something visual to work from I can make my animation communicate the message more effectively.

This video gives me a good idea of having a long pause after and 'letting the dust settle'. The aftershock is pretty astounding also. I need to think of ways of achieving a similar effect with just typography.

Scary stuff.

Bryan Woods

This animation won 1st place in the 2010 Academy Art University Spring Show Award Ceremony for best in motion graphics and was created entirely in After Effects. really nice work and demonstrates so many different moving words it is great inspiration for the silent movie brief. The Boom especially is a good demonstration of how close two key frames must be positioned to each other to create an effect of speed of explosion.

Mythbusters Kinetic Type from Bryan Woods on Vimeo.

Mig Reyes & Matthew Born

This work is beautiful. I love the use of three colour and I find it so refreshing to see barely no use of black or white. The animation is brilliant and the intricate transitions between words and letters is brilliant. It communicates the lyrics perfectly especially with the colours used. The typeface is a good choice as it doesn't detract from the kinetic effects, but enhances it by not be too under or overstated. Brilliant stuff!

The Hush Sound — Lions Roar from Mig Reyes on Vimeo.

What is kinetic typography?

"Kinetic typography refers to the art and technique of expression with animated text. Similar to the study of traditional typography of designing static typographic forms, kinetic typography focuses on understanding the effect time has on the expression of text. Kinetic typography has demonstrated the ability to add significant emotive content and appeal to expressive text, allowing some of the qualities normally found in film and the spoken word to be added to static text. Kinetic type has been widely and successfully used in film as well as in television and computer-based advertising. Perceptual psychology research on attention, reading performance, and comprehension has indicated that time-based presentation of text can be used effectively to capture and manipulate a viewer’s attention and in some cases improve overall reading performance." Taken from Johnnylee.

Vit Ryznar

I really like the feel of this video. I'm getting a bit bored with looking through kinetic typography and coming across the same stuff over and over again. This communicates the content exceptionally well and the use of image as a secondary to further reflect the message is a great addition. I have t say that I'm not over keen on the music, but the genre fits with the animation. The kinetic type is more simple but in my view, more effective than many others I have seen. In this case, less is more.

The Ten Commandments - motion (kinetic) typography from Vit Ryznar on Vimeo.

Friday, 10 December 2010

Liu Bolin

This is amazing and has a truely socially relevant message. Even though at first glance I thought it was ace, the message makes it even more prominent. "The talented Liu Bolin says his art is a protest against the actions of the Government, who shut down his art studio in 2005 and persecutes artists. It’s about not fitting into modern society." Odditycentral. It is like he is making himself invisable.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Automotive Hydraulic


National Film and Television School - shadow

While looking for a logo animation created for the National Film and Television School. Really cool stuff! I have a query whether this could be classed as print in some cases. Does the projection of the shadow class as print? I say... yes!

Also this is really effective at communicating a few key words. I know they use image but it is great inspiration.