The best kinetic typography: 43 must-see examples

25. Mad as Hell

Peter Finch's iconic 'I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take this any more' speech from Network is still relevant 40 years on, and while it doesn't necessarily need any extra weight lending to it, this kinetic typography treatment by Aaron Leming makes a pretty good job of it.

26. Alphabet

This alphabet in motion video is sublimely smooth. Former graffiti artist turned motion graphic artist Pavel Pavlov morphs simple but beautiful lines and graphics together to form a unique design for each letter of the alphabet.

27. Conan O'Brien

Working from one solid artboard, this entertaining kinetic typography video recreates the dialogue on the final episode of NBC's The Tonight Show presented by Conan O'Brien. The camera pans between nicely set type, ending with a shot of the entire piece. The combination of eclectic typography and modern 3D letterforms achieved in Cinema 4D provides a contrast between old and new.

28. Make it better

Colour and morphing typography are wonderfully combined in this video. Creator Climent Canal and animator Sebastián Baptista's  beautiful video brings an inspiring message to vivid life.

29. ALQUIMIA Animated Type

Pavel Paratov has constructed a mesmerising piece of golden kinetic typography here. The letterforms reshuffle to the electro beat by Satoshi Yoshitake, integrating abstract shapes into the mix.

30. Back to the Future

If you're anything like us, you'll already be a huge fan of Back to the Future. So, what could be better than kinetic typography of this priceless conversation between Marty McFly and his mother? It's the work of Canadian graphic designer Melanie Burgess

31. Alphagames

This inventive animation quickly became one of the most popular kinetic typography videos on Vimeo when it was released. It was created by freelance editor and animator Evan Seitz, who has worked on commercials for Coca-Cola and the American Cancer Society – one of which went on to win a Telly Award at the 32nd Annual Convention.

32. Fight Club

There's plenty of Fight Club kinetic typography hovering around the World Wide Web, but this particular offering from Adrian Moran is a belter. The visual FX, motion graphics and 3D artist has created this animation to accompany Brad Pitt's infamous Fight Club rule listing. We love the colours too.

33. Hello Hola Hallo Bonjour Ciao Ola

This adorable kinetic typography animation was made by Spanish graphic and motion designer Daniel Moreno Cordero. Daniel created his animation using After Effects, Illustrator and some Photoshop, alongside a typeface entitled Granaina Limpia.

34. Ira Glass on Storytelling

The producer and host of This American Life, Ira Glass, discusses what makes up the building blocks of a great story in this animation, made over three days by David Shiyang Liu using Illustrator and After Effects.

35. Elbow Grease - Habitat Promo

Motion design craftsman Joe Dunlap created this insightful promo for the NGO Habitat for Humanity. Through creative, kinetic typography and slick, dynamic animations, this short public service announcement for Habitat for Humanity explains that it's easy for anyone to achieve something big. It has attracted a lot of love on Vimeo.

36. RocknRolla

Created by Siddharth Raj, this kinetic typography animation takes a speech from Guy Ritchie's British action thriller movie RocknRolla and brings it to life. We love how Raj has incorporated various font shapes and sizes to fit perfectly between each other.

37. Pulp Fiction

Gangster movie speeches are cropping up a lot in this list – it seems like they're the perfect accompaniment for great kinetic typography. This Pulp Fiction number was created by Norwegian motion designer Christian Gjerde. Watch for the particularly clever 'car' moment at the end of the video.

38. Fusion Design

This animation combines motion graphics with kinetic typography to a faultless execution. There's not much information on this one by Dusan Tatalovic but we love the way he has managed to almost personify the typography throughout the musical accompaniment.

39. 29 Ways to Stay Creative

Created by Japanese motion graphic design studio TO-FU, this video is by far one of the most popular kinetic typography animations out there. It's easy to see why with its inventive graphics and helpful content.

40. Kid President peptalk

Motion designer Taylor English is the artist behind this fun, animated typography project, which she created for her time-based typography class while studying at the Savannah College of Art and Design. The video is a visual representation of one of nine-year-old Robby Novak (aka Kid President)'s motivational speeches.

41. The Alphabet (in typefaces)

Designer and animator Alessandro Novelli captures his love for typography and animation in this 60-second Alphabet video. The gorgeous animation spells letters A through to Z, with a different font featured for each. The dancing letterforms are accompanied by Si Tu N'étais Pas Là by Fréhel, a track used in the movie Amelie.

42. Husbands: Dream

This music video for Husbands' single Dream sees the lyrics light up as they're sung. To make it, French design duo Cauboyz created individual boxes with each word placed on the front using laser-cut and hand-cut stickers. Wires were then attached to each box, complete with a handy switch to press once the word came up.

43. Coldplay: Atlas

Featured on the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack, this video for Coldplay's single Atlas was created by New York-based agency Blind Pig in collaboration with creative agency Hugo & Marie. The team effort has executed one of the best uses of kinetic typography we've come across in a while.

Directed by Mario Hugo, the illustrations are largely based around the celestial sky map and myth by Micah Lidberg. Animation creative directors Ric Comline and Jonny Bursnell ensured that the video would be a seamless animation sequence, with both agencies providing gorgeous inspiration.

44. The Dead Words

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Hypenemious by David McLeod

The Dead Words project was begun by Karen To Nakada in 2010 as a way to express her love of both words and type. The graphic designer, illustrator and letterer is driven to promote and commemorate no-longer-used words before they are forgotten forever.

The project has generated much interest in the design community with well over 100 contributions to the project and counting, including everything from handcrafted to kinetic typography. Here is just one of the beautiful submissions, with many more to see on the website.

For more type inspiration, see our guide to how to choose the right typeface. We also have articles on perfect font pairings and the difference between font vs typeface.

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Aaron Kitney is a freelance graphic designer and art director based in London and Vancouver. He specialises in branding, identity, web design, publication design, packaging and book design.
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