“The Art Of Film Title Design Throughout Cinema History” from Smashing Magazine

If you get inspired by movie title design as much as I do, check out this article written by Julia May at Smashing Magazine entitled “The Art Of Film Title Design Throughout Cinema History. May outlines the history of title sequences (a.k.a. the motion graphics that you see in the beginning of feature films) from silent movie films to current day box office flicks, and incorporates lots of great photos and movie clips so you gain a thorough understanding of the movie-title design evolution. Not to mention, she includes a list of typography resources where you can find typefaces to recreate your favorite title designs (see below). Read the excerpt below and click here to read the full version.

Have you ever thought of what makes you remember a certain movie or TV show? Of course, it’s the story being told, you’ll say. But what about movies such as Goldfinger, Seven and Snatch? What’s the first thing that comes to mind? We are pretty sure their opening title sequences stick out for many of you.

Today we’ll take a closer look at that short space of time between the moment the lights go down and the first scene of a film, the part that so often sets our expectations of a movie, that sequence that speaks to our creative side: the art of the film title. We’ll look at the evolution of title design and some particularly interesting titles from various periods in the history of cinema and animation.

Film titles can be great fun. In them we see the bond between the art of filmmaking and graphic design — and perhaps visual culture as a whole. They have always served a greater purpose than themselves: to move the overarching story forward. Whether you are a motion graphic designer, a digital artist or a connoisseur of design, we hope you are inspired by these film titles and the ideas they suggest to your own creative endeavors. At the end of this post, you’ll find a listing of relevant typefaces and Web resources.

For this post, we reached out to David Peters, a San Francisco-based designer and media historian who, more than a decade ago, began a project called Design Films to research the subject. David generously contributed to this article.

 

Title Sequence from Silent Movie

 

Movie Title Sequence for "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang"

 

May includes resources for you to recreate your favorite movie title design styles, such as this "Looney Tunes" typeface.

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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