Stop-Motion History of Typography

Craft & Design
Stop-Motion History of Typography

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Canadian graphic designer and animator Ben Barrett-Forrest has created an enchanting and informative paper-letter animation about the history of fonts and typography. In total, Ben used 291 paper letters, took 2,454 photographs, and put in 140 hours of work to create this 5-minute history that takes us from blackletter to pixel type and custom scripts.

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12 thoughts on “Stop-Motion History of Typography

  1. Rick says:

    Excellent in both production values and information provided.

  2. Jessica Maybury says:

    This is really great :-) I love videos, stop motion AND typography = you’re fantastic!

  3. David says:

    very nice!

  4. Fat Man With Inky Fingers says:

    Very nice, well put together, educational and entertaining. Good Job!

  5. David Philippart says:

    Fantastic! Thank you!

  6. sharky towers says:

    Fantastic. All killer, no filler.

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I'm a word nerd who loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon. I was an editor on the first 40 volumes of MAKE, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. In particular, covering art is my passion — after all, art is the first thing most of us ever made. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for untouched powder fields and ideal alpine lakes.

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