Design in Motion – Kinetic Typography Music Videos
There are a few techniques that never seem to get old. Kinetic typography falls into this group. It’s more than just arranging a poster into a variation of blocks. It’s a whole 3D experience choreographed to dialogue or rhythm.
Chances are that you’ve seen the famous Pulp Fiction dialogue somewhere on YouTube. While there are plenty of other really creative projects floating around, this showcase is going to highlight examples in musical (or rhythmic) type.
How It’s Done
I’ll be the first to admit that I have extremely limited experience with After Effects and Motion. However thanks to the internet I can point you in the direction of people who do know what they are doing. Here are a few introductions to making your own kinetic typography music video.
- Kinetic Typography Tutorial (via Crooked Gremlin)
- Create an Animated Homage to Bruce Lee (3 part series on AETuts+)
- Design Rhythmic Motion Typography in After Affects (via AETuts+)
A Showcase of Words in Motion
Even if some of these aren’t to your musical taste, hopefully you’ll see some of the artistic brilliance. The most impressive part? Most of the projects below were done by students.
By The Hush Sound
Zak and Sara
By Ben Folds
Never Let Me Down
A mashup of Kanye West and poet J. Ivy
By Frank Sinatra
By Blink 182
From the game Portal
The City is at War
By Cobra Starship
A nostalgic jingle for bananas
By Sum 41
Would You Be Impressed
By Streetlight Manifesto
If you’re feeling particularly inspired by this post, YouTube and Vimeo have plenty more to look at. If you find anything spectacular, don’t hesitate to share a link in the comments.