The History of Typography
Barrett-Forrest used traditional stop-motion techniques to illustrate how printed type came to be and how it has evolved. Starting in the fifteenth century with Johannes Gutenberg’s Blackletter font, The History of Typography charts the major innovations in font design up to the present day.
The video gives background to italics, serifs and various categories of sans. To create the animation, Ben used 291 paper letters, 2,454 photographs and put in a total of 140 hours worth of work.
While there are many videos online about the history of typography, I have never found any that were as comprehensive and engaging as I would have wanted. Most people don’t know very much about typography, but I believe that it is an important and attractive subject. I made this animation to give people an educational and entertaining summary of the joys of typography, whether they are a font nerd or a complete layman.
Barrett-Forrest is currently studying multimedia at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He also runs Forrest Media, a graphic design and media production company.