Along with the popularization of technology, the world of typography is now something everyone enjoys. But the terrain of fonts is kind of like alcohol; everyone loves it but few actually know anything about it. That's where Yukon-based designer Ben Barrett-Forrest comes in. He has created a stop motion video that is both a history lesson in typography and a delight to watch.
Created with 2454 photographs, 291 letters, and 140 hours of work, the film gives you a CliffsNotes guide to the history of typography. The video is pretty comprehensive, starting with the crude beginning of Guttenberg’s printing press and ending at our highly tech-based current society.
The Altantic talked to Barrett-Forrest, who gave more insight to the process. Here are some things he had to say about his work and the world of typography:
Atlantic: What made you decide to go with hand-cut characters and a stop-motion approach?
Barrett-Forrest: There are hundreds of beautiful kinetic typography videos on the internet, with their shiny graphics and smooth movements. I wanted to create something that allowed people to experience typography on a tactile, unrefined level. My hand-cut style brings the faces off of the computer screen and onto a more physical level that can be pushed around, manipulated, and imbued with extra personality.
Atlantic: Is there a particular font or typeface you wish would just go away?
Barrett-Forrest: Gotham is one of the most beautiful typefaces out there, and also one I could stand to see a lot less of. It is quickly becoming the next Helvetica — a beautiful typeface that is used so often by amateur designers in unflattering ways that it becomes associated with bad design. If we can all just take a bit of a breather from Gotham and use it tastefully and sparingly, then it will regain its former glory and once again be recognized as an elegant and beautifully designed typeface.
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