Title Design

60 Minutes of Skateboarding in 60 Seconds.

Here is a fun little video for a cold spring Friday afternoon. The concept is pretty simple. Lets compress 60 minutes into 60 seconds to reveal exactly how long it took to get that “One Shot” for Humbug magazine. The short features some really nice editing, and clean well designed titles.

Animography. Type in Motion.

Here is a little Thursday afternoon motion graphics fun from the folks over at Animography, a webshop/typefoundry that provides motion designers, video-editors and others in the field of the moving image with animated typefaces.

The great things is, especially for a motion graphics designer, is that these are “Adobe After Effects files with each glyph in a separate composition. A controller-composition serves as a central point from which you can customize all the glyphs in one go.” In case you are wondering, yes I am drooling right now.

Watch the video below and check out the others on Vimeo or the Animography website.

The Art of Film & TV Title Design. Off Book & PBS.

If you produce any form of video or animation based content for TV, Film, The Internet, Mobile and Tablet based devices, you need to watch this film. “The Art of TV Title Design” by PBS Off Book, is a great short film that features some of the heavy hitters of Title Design talking about their craft.

Opening credits are quite often the first thing an audience sees when they watch a great film or TV show. While they are very memorable, more often than not they are not talked about in great detail. Even though they help set up the story, and close it out.Good Title Design is an art form, as much as any other aspect of the broadcast and film industry. The designers that create title sequences are asked to invent concepts that bring the core story out, and enhance the overall production themes, to create a visual experience that pulls the viewer into the film’s world.

In the video below some of the most inventive people working in the field of title design today, including the creators of the iconic Mad Men sequence, the hilarious Zombieland opening and the stirring end credits from Blue Valentine, discuss what goes into making a great title sequence. Featured in the short film are Peter Frankfurt and Karin Fong, Jim Helton, and Ben Conrad.