The History of Typography in Stop Motion

by . August 1st, 2014

If you enjoy Typefaces and lettering – you may be interested to know that the History of Typography is rather rich and charming. I always put stock into knowing the history of your craft. My college education left me with a lot of art history and design theory – but not a lot of Graphic Design history. It was treated as two largely separate worlds and Graphic Design seemed to be this thing that only popped up recently. A lot of the intricacies of the craft had to be learned via self study. (On that tangent, if you’re looking for a recommendation on where to start – pick up a copy of Megg’s History of Graphic Design). There wasn’t a lot of print making or typesetting techniques that were discussed so for me, watching this video was quite a fun experience.

The video itself was crafted by Ben Barrett-Forrest of Forrest Media. The video had taken: 291 Paper Letters, 2,454 Photographs and a 140 hours of work to produce. If you’ve ever tried making a stop motion piece, you’ll learn quickly – by the hundredth or so shot – that it’s a labor of love. So props to Ben for bearing with it and creating such an amazing video. The video itself tackles some of the ins and outs of typography from Johannes Gutenberg to the creation of Futura and how type is used today — it’s quite educational!





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