Top 12 kinetic typography films

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Back on February, I posted one article about a Pulp Fiction dialog, presented with moving typography, perfectly synchronized with the text, with a lot of funny and creative details.

Later, I found out this presentation technique was named kinetic typography, and that is being explored in the School of Design at CMU since 1996, by Johnny Lee under the direction of Scott Hudson and Jodi Forlizzi.

But, after all, what is the definition of kinetic typography?

Kinetic typography refers to the art and technique of expression with animated text. Similar to the study of traditional typography of designing static typographic forms, kinetic typography focuses on understanding the effect time has on the expression of text. Kinetic typography has demonstrated the ability to add significant emotive content and appeal to expressive text, allowing some of the qualities normally found in film and the spoken word to be added to static text.

In the meantime, I've collected some of this movies, and arranged them in a YouTube playlist. If want, you can watch the movie explaining what is kinetic typography, or be still and watch the playlist (12 videos, aprox. 22 minutes):

RSS readers should click here to watch the movies.

Related article: Vodafone's kinetic typography with user generated content. An idea for a Christmas card.

Is Google becoming evil?

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Google's motto is and always has been "Don't be evil". Are they planning to change it?

The BTuga case

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Two weeks ago, ASAE (Economics and Food Security Agency) seized the servers of three portuguese torrent aggregators, BTuga, ZeTuga and ZeMula. The news also informed that ASAE was planning to investigate all the users of this sites. Yes, we are talking about more than 200 thousand users. If the task seems impossible to achieve, due to the huge number of users, it also seems illegal under the EU law, as stated by this article from The Register (concerning a different case).

What do you think about it?

Eight financial reasons to use Mac

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Cio wrote an excelent article with the eight financial reasons why you should use Mac OS. In a nutshell, the reasons are:

  • Macs bring a better overall value proposition
  • Macintosh licensing fees are cheaper
  • The Mac desktop spawns fewer calls to the help desk
  • Mac users are more productive workers
  • Macs last longer
  • Mac OS is more secure
  • Mac is just as cost-effective as Windows to manage and administer
  • Add Macs while hanging on to your investments in other OSes

The war season is open, please send your flames.

Harry Potter's spoiler t-shirt

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Some of my friends are huge Harry Potter fans, and I'm always kidding with them by saying that I will make the worse t-shirt ever: with the information leaked from Harry Potter's last book, I will do a t-shirt telling the end of the saga, and ware it through the sidewalk, in the book launch night. Imagine all the people waiting for twelve o'clock in the cue, and suddenly being confronted with the spoiler. Of course I'm kidding, I would never do a thing like that, I'm not (that) evil, but someone is.

This guys have made the t-shirt. Fortunately, the launch night has gone, since the temptation would be huge! >:-)

Click here to see the t-shirt. Note: spoiler ahead.

Update: It can get more evil than I thought:

A headteacher caused some distress by reading to about 400 children from the last page of the final Harry Potter book at a primary school in Somerset.

Via a BBC News report.