The History of Typography – Animated Short

The History of Typography – Animated Short

type is power. the power to express words
and ideas visually. it’s timeless but always changing, and that’s what we’re
going to explore most people agree that the creator of
typography was a German man named johannes gutenberg and, yes, he wore a hat
like that. before gutenberg came along and revolutionized the world of
communication, books needed to be scribed by hand usually by monks, which was very time
consuming and expensive. so gutenberg created black-letter, the first-ever
typeface, modeled after the writing of the scribes. black leather has thick
vertical lines and thin horizontal connectors, which made it great for
scribing, but it looked very dense and squished together when printed. something needed to change enter Roman type. this particular
typefaces cambria which you’re probably used to seeing on your word processor
but the first-ever Roman typeface was created in the 15th century by the
Frenchman Nicholas Jenson this is his type face right here. jenson
worked mainly in venice, italy and was inspired by the lettering found on
ancient Roman buildings. his letter forms were based on straight lines and regular
curves this made them very clear and legible
compared to the dense darkness of black letter this legible new typeface was an instant
success and quickly spread across Europe, riding on the coattails of the
Renaissance. the next major innovation in typography after Roman letters was
italics, which are like slanted and stylized versions of Roman type they were created in the late 15th
century by Aldus Manutius from Italy as a way of fitting more letters onto
the page and saving money now we use italics interspersed
in roman type for emphasis Aldus Manutius also created the
modern comma and semicolon, but that’s another story type development stayed fairly stagnant
until the 18th century in England when William Caslon created a typeface
that set a new standard for legibility while it wasn’t anything radical, it was
just what the world was looking for. the style of Caslon’s typeface is now
referred to as old style. a few decades later another Brit named John
Baskerville created a new variety of typeface which we call transitional.
later still a Frenchman named Didot and an Italian name Bodoni created
typefaces that we have classified as modern most serif typefaces fit into one
of these three categories but what does each category mean? an old style typeface
has letters that have fixed serifs and low contrast between thick and thin
strokes. a transitional type face has letters with thinner serifs and a
higher contrast between thick and thin strokes. and a modern typeface has
letters with very thin serifs and extreme contrast between thick and thin
strokes next, William Caslon’s great grandson named
William Caslon the fourth got sick of all of these seraphs so he decided to
remove them entirely and made a new kind of typeface called the sans-serif it didn’t catch on immediately but would
eventually get really big during the Second Industrial Revolution
advertising created a need for new typefaces. letters were made taller and
wider mainly used in large sizes on posters and billboards things got pretty weird but one happy
result of all of this experimentation is Egyptian or slab serif it has really thick serifs and is
usually used for titles. as a backlash to the complexity found in typefaces of the
19th century, the early 20th century brought something simple Paul Renner from Germany created a
typeface called futura. it was based on simple geometric shapes this is called the geometric sans around the same time a British man named
eric gill created a typeface called gill sans that was similar to a geometric
sans but with gentler, more natural curves and this is called a humanist
sans. the next major step in the world of sans serifs happened in Switzerland
in 1957 with the introduction of helvetica. it has simple curves and is
available in many different weights and some would call it the world’s favourite
type face. the world of typography changed forever with the introduction of the computer.
there were a few difficult years of crude pixel type due to the primitive screen technology
but then technology evolved and computers began to allow for the
creation of thousands of beautiful typefaces, and the odd dud, but now
anyone has the freedom to create their own unique typeface, and that is the
history of typography yeah

David Anderson

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100 thoughts on “The History of Typography – Animated Short

  1. Sweet Hater says:

    This is one of the greatest videos I've ever seen.

  2. Antonella Spagnoli says:

    Really enjoyed it, thank you!

  3. Antonella Spagnoli says:

    Really enjoyed it, thank you!

  4. Hala Abdallah says:

    youre video looks fantastic ,, I think you spend very days to do it ]

  5. StudioCRJ says:

    4:54 POOF!!!

  6. Sebizzar says:

    I love learning geeky things like this lol and you presented it beautifully 😀 Well done!

  7. The Future President says:


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  9. LINCE says:

    You must make new videos like this man, incredible animation!

  10. Gabby Gray says:

    This is so cool!!!

  11. Tintu Vlogger says:

    Oh man…….. you are amazing…

  12. Mr.xah580 the gamer duskull says:

    Awesome education video

  13. Francisco Torrealba says:

    Amazing work!

  14. Ghost Dragon1128 says:


  15. Albert Einstein says:

    Wow! Probably the best stop motion I never seen! You are a Boss and the subject you talk about is very interesting and very helpful to understand what typo means. Thank you!

  16. meilirima says:

    Ah, the amount of effort poured into it truly shows how lovely the final product is. Simple, effective and very attention keeping. Awesome job!

  17. James Rowe says:

    Wish we could see an updated version of this with the influence that Google and Apple had with San Fransisco, Roboto, and Product Sans.

  18. Toxic says:

    I got bondoni mutant font.

  19. dream walker says:

    Beautifully done..very informative

  20. Drawing by My says:


  21. Ferguson Le'Blanke says:

    Well done

  22. Álvaro Lino Barbosa says:

    I'm studying for an exam and my teacher recommended this. Very interesting video!

  23. Ara Boyajian says:


  24. BFB fan 78 says:

    I want your letters.

  25. osazuwa benjamin says:

    This is so informative, Nice One

  26. Minh Huỳnh says:

    that's cool

  27. Emily Gill says:

    Graphics Design Summer Work, anyone?

  28. Kimberley Henderson says:


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  30. I'm Pretty Dank •-• says:

    I can't even imagine the time it took to cut out all those letters 0-o

  31. L Terziyska says:

    Great video! but it blown my mind away and got me confused not because of you, but because of history 😀 you did explained perfectly but i must watched at least couple of more times!
    Good job and keep i t up! (:

  32. Karan Pandya says:

    Great sir…….Love from India….. After watching this video i'm very interested in typography …….which can be use for my upcoming intro of new Video……Superb…..

  33. Ahmad Bayhaki says:

    i do standing ovation

  34. toastin wafles says:


  35. Lee Murray says:

    Comic sans is no dud, it's a typeface that gets a feeling and sense to the viewer perfectly. To use a phrase that I hate " it does exactly what it says on the tin"!

  36. Rosy Spencer says:

    Ben, this is one of the best videos I have seen about the history of type. Great! job. Very entertaining.

  37. Brams says:

    This animation style is the sickest shit I’ve ever seen wtf

  38. Tom Poelman says:

    Moker gay

  39. Jonnana says:

    this is AMAZING! it just concludes everything i've learnt from my course and seriously it's much better than just plain theory! Thanks for doing this!

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  53. Johanna Geisel says:

    You may have put lots of work into that, but it was 100% worth it.
    This video will still be played in decades to come to give people a good overview about the classic typefaces.

    Thank you!

  54. Eduardo Aguilera says:

    I like modern.

  55. Andie Blondie says:

    I love this! Showing my students!

  56. Jaye Marsh says:

    Fabulous!! I got the real story behind Comic Sans from Mr. Bruno Maag, the man of type himself, it had a specific purpose and wasn’t meant to go out to the public!

  57. Ryker Edits says:

    evolution of font

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  60. Ryker Edits says:

    hi font

  61. Iosi Pratama says:

    Beautiful explanation, thanks

  62. Anna Chakravorty says:

    What about Garamond?

  63. Niraj films says:

    beautifully engaging and so informative and simply amazing
    thank you sir….

  64. Boipelo Makube says:

    Thank you that was the best video that I got for typography

  65. John K Lindgren says:

    3:11 "Sans", in French "without". Just a little remark from Bangkok-Johnny

  66. Anne-Sophie Duval says:


  67. John Richards says:

    Succinct and entertaining. Understandable even to middle school students. Well done!

  68. Barn Owl VT says:

    Very Clear and well made. Nice job!

  69. Lisa Heusdens says:

    Really really good job!

  70. Mohamed Zahran says:

    its amazing video (Y)

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  72. Grace XXX says:

    so neatly made, goodjob!!!!

  73. Irene Victoria Pleiter says:

    So great! Underrated subject & very creative!!

  74. 센센 says:


  75. Erika Gonzalez says:

    This is very ASMR. 🙂

  76. Tim Trevlig says:

    One of the most beautiful videos I've ever seen! Thank you so much.

  77. Lauren Astro says:

    This is amazing

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  79. my painting hands says:

    Thank you so so so so much!

  80. mr.azizi 25 says:

    bro… how much effort being put in this truly deserves to be completely in my next final exams! thank you..plz reply soon!

  81. dennis neo says:

    Comic Sans is a great, light-hearted font.

  82. chobi says:

    This is worth one semester at college! What a great job thank you!

  83. Rytis qwe says:


  84. Yuri da Costa Garcia says:

    What a sweet video! Just loved it

  85. _Markers Stuka says:

    Wonderful video.

  86. Department Chair says:

    I teach typography and this video is straight to the point and very useful. I spend two weeks talking about History of Type and then I show your 5 minute video to my students and they say "Oh, I get it now." Thanks.

  87. Arberesha Salihu says:

    Amazing job!

  88. TRAM Nguyen Thi Thien says:

    This is fantastic guys! Keep up the good work!!!

  89. Aqsem says:

    This didn't help

  90. Aaron her 5587 says:

    Why are there MANY font names that have "Sans" in it
    Sans: Do you want to have a bad time?
    Me: Yes
    Sans: Does nothing.
    Me: YES!
    Sans: use bone to kill
    Me: oh

  91. Mister Jackson says:

    Damn. Fantastic. You've been working so hard to make it look smooth and coool and it does! Congratulations! Very interesting vid! 'd love to see more! 😀

  92. Daniel Valle Duarte says:

    Wow, this is a fantastic short history!

  93. Nani Payares says:

    Excellent video. LOVE the stop motion animation. Everything is very creative.

  94. hendrick putra says:

    Very great work? thank you for your creation, time, and effort! Love from Indonesia find me on ig @hendrick.putra

  95. NightWink says:

    Wait a minute, that's the history of typography? You left out comic sans.

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  97. MatiasTube 47 says:

    Is't a stop motion

  98. Salty Pretzels says:

    4:43 *Do you wanna have a bad time?

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