Stop-Motion Lesson Teaches The History Of Fonts [Video]

Stop-Motion Lesson Teaches The History Of Fonts [Video]

Designer Ben Barrett-Forrest creates a 5-minute animation called The History of Typography.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 10 july 2013

Thanks to computers and typographers all over the world, we now have a slew of fonts and typefaces available to us for whenever we need them. There are now so many different varieties that it can be hard to tell which is which or which came first. Luckily for us, designer Ben Barrett-Forrest created a stop-motion short film that talks all about the history of typography.

The History of Typography is a 5-minute paper animation that details how typography started from the time when the printing press was created to the age when computers were changed everything.

The video was created with 2,454 photos and shows how fonts and typefaces reflect the world where they were first created. For example, the first typefaces were created to be more legible when printed. Italics came about as a way to fit more letters and words in a page. Succeeding typefaces were created as the world became more industrialized and modern.



Watch the video below to learn more about your favorite font.

Ben Barrett-Forrest


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