When reconsidering kinetic typography, how can we find the common threads in different media? By comparing moving type in cinema, poems, and interfaces, we can begin to create visual parallels that bridge these forms. Follow the first uses of subtitles in motion pictures to the evolution of concrete poetry, then to early computer graphics and the interface aesthetics of our digital tools. All of these subjects introduce time and/or interaction to type to emphasize the graphic qualities of text.
Cover image from Phil Cao’s Ritual for Spiritual Empowerment
This event is part of the Letterform Lecture series, co-presented by Type@Cooper West and the San Francisco Public Library.
Mindy Seu is a designer working between San Francisco and New York City. She currently works on the Interactive Media team at 2x4 and teaches Interactive 2 at California College of the Arts. Her archival art practice includes a comprehensive archive for Avant Garde Magazine with the Herb Lubalin Study Center, and a digitization of Emmett Williams’s concrete poem Sweethearts. With Jon Gacnik, she developed Archival Club, a workshop series that highlights the contents of local libraries with neighboring academic institutions. Her work has been featured on Open Culture, Creative Applications, Boing Boing, Under Consideration, Fastco Design, Dazed, and is included in the Library of the Printed Web and the Frick Collection. In Fall 2016, she will start as a student at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.