We’ve expressed our appreciation for title sequence design before (those flashy opening credits you see prior to a feature film), and it’s clear we’re not the only ones.
Christian Annyas, a Dutch Web/graphic designer, has devoted his time to cataloging the title designs from old Hollywood films on his site, the Movie Title Stills Collection.
Steve Heller described the site as “a sublimely obsessive online resource for buffs, geeks and fans,” in The New York Times’ style publication, T Magazine.
Annyas has captured a great variety of title sequences, from old Hollywood classics to modern-day films that demonstrate the evolution of typography and design choices that have shaped this unique medium.
Annyas also provides some nice commentary on his discovers about trailer graphics vs. main title sequence graphics at this link, for example, the variance of title sequence typography compared to the film’s trailer typography. Below, compare the main titles (left) with trailer titles (right) of various films:
Annyas also notes an interesting observation– the gradual size reduction of on-screen typography from the bolder, larger style of the 1930s, to a modern, subtle type treatment seen on today’s big screens. Ironically, the latter are less legible on a smartphone screen compared to their predecessors. Compare the Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) title with The Dark Knight title (2008), below:
Check out more examples below, and add the Movie Title Stills Collection to your bookmarks list for future title sequence and typography inspiration. For more inspiring articles dedicated to entertainment design, click here.
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