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The Best Typography Videos


Who doesn’t love escaping from reality time to time by catching a cool new flick or replaying a classic that we simply can’t get enough of? More and more, it isn’t only movies that pique our interest, it’s the pleasure of catching short bursts of creativity in the form of Vimeo and Youtube videos.

We’ve rounded up a collection of some of our personal favourites that were certain you may have caught one or few of before, but they were so delightful we had to share with all of you. Do you have a personal fave that’s not on the list? Drop us a link in the comments and we’ll be sure to lend it our eyes!

For more typography videos, follow our Pinterest Board that features many great type related videos.

Without further ado and in no particular order:

The Making of John Mayer’s ‘Born and Raised’ Cover Art

David A. Smith is a traditional sign-writer/designer specialising in high-quality ornamental hand-crafted reverse glass signs and decorative silvered and gilded mirrors. David recently produced a wonderful turn-of-the-century, trade-card styled album cover for popular American singer/songwriter John Mayer.

This film captures the ‘Behind The Scenes’ creation of the ‘Born & Raised’ and ‘Queen of California’ artwork, as well as 2 unique reverse glass panels, hand-crafted in England by David A. Smith.

Also, definitely worth viewing, David A. Smith, The Signpainter:

The Sony Music Timeline

The Sony Music Timeline celebrates 125 years of musical history covering almost 150 square meters of wall space in Sony’s Derry Street offices. Using just CNC cut vinyl as the sole medium, 54 columns measuring over 2 meters tall cover feature nearly 1000 of Sony Music’s signed artists from 1887 to the present day.

Watch the time-lapse video of the process here:

Track produced exclusively for this video. Download album for free here:

Helvetica – The film

Becoming an oldie, but still a goodie, Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which recently celebrated its 56th birthday in 2013) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. Helveticahas been shown at over 200 film festivals, museums, design conferences, and cinemas worldwide, and is now available on DVD and online rental or download. Get more info about the film…

Putting Back the Face into Typeface

Typographer, graphic designer and businessman Erik Spiekermann has created timeless, influential and, yes, Meta-physical work over the past three decades.

Next to founding MetaDesign and FontShop, the latter being the first ever digital distributor of fonts, and designing more instant classic typefaces than any other, he has been recognized as an outstanding expert internationally as a lecturer and professor.

Listen to his opinions about new visual languages, design processes, the analogies of music and typography, and why we need better client culture and you will easily realize why. Before heading to new visionary pastures.

Upside Down, Left To Right: A Letterpress Film

A short film about letterpress and one of the few remaining movable-type printing workshops in the UK, situated at Plymouth University, featuring Paul Collier.

Husbands – Dream

A simple music video with a strong emphasis placed on typography and graphics. A delight to watch and the music itself offers a quick way for the neurons in your brain to fire on all cylinders.

Watch the behind the scenes of how the video was made:

Didot – The Alphabet

The Alphabet
A spelling-video, where each character is the initial letter of a font name.
direction + cel animation + motion + sfx
music track:
Si tu n’étais pas là – Fréhel

The Beauty of Letterpress

The Beauty of Letterpress is presented by Neenah Paper and Crane® Papers as an online resource and showcase, featuring the best and most innovative letterpress work in the industry today. In addition, the community will be assisting the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in their efforts to relocate and effectively salvage a priceless piece of letterpress history. There will be monthly issues curated by prominent designers, highlighting their favorite projects on the site. There will also be an accompanying Beauty of Letterpress Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, each showcasing the intricate nature of the craft and the incredible results of this printing technique.

From Paper to Screen

This graduation project is understated, but poignant in its delivery. A quick and worthwhile watch for both cinematographers and type lovers.

Animation which shows typography evolution from paper to screen.
The animation is divided in two parts.
The first deals with the basic rules of typesetting.
The second, is about the evolution of typography in cinema.
Used mainly for Opening and Closing title.

MGMT – All We Ever Wanted

MGMT’s music video is heavy on graphics and has enough typography to satisfy your type appetite. Quirky, industrial and visually appealing just how we like it.


More block letter greatness is captured in this short letterpress video showcasing the inky brilliance a turn of the century machine delivers.

EF Language Series – Paris

It wouldn’t be an adequate list if we didn’t include any one of the EF Language School adverts for their programs.

Utilising lovely typefaces, phrases and layouts for their title overlays, the typography alone sells their brand in addition to the quick, strategic storylines of love.

Also see:


20000 Leagues Under the Sea (Opening titles)

Another fascinating and excellent graduation project. The title sequences showcased in this clip are wonderful for typography showcased, but also the graphics that accompany each scene.


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