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Kinetic / Moving Type



Because of my background as a writing teacher, and my interest in document design, I like to work at the intersection of text and images. Some of the most interesting work, I think, happening at this intersection is called "moving type" or "kinetic type."

This is a digital art form where composers take culturally powerful quips and clips and typographically design them, working across color, text, space, movement, time, and more. I have highlighted a few here in this resource.


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<p>This is fascinating and I love how it melds message and&nbsp; music and words and design and image into something new. How does one go about doing this with students? I suppose Wordle and its cousins might be helpful, but the real animation (which seems to lend more power) must be software that is out of the reach of most teachers, right?</p> <p>I envision a planning process that would take in so much learning and understanding ... many possibilities.</p> <p>Thanks for sharing these!</p> <p>Kevin</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>Hi Kevin,</p><p>I've seen students start to think this way in animation by using animation effects in Keynote and PPT, though the sync with the audio is not quite so sharp. For students (or teachers) who get really interested and want to learn more, there is a nice set of tutorials on using After Effects to do this: <a href="http://www.crookedgremlins.com/09/01/2008/kinetic-typography-tutorial/">http://www.crookedgremlins.com/09/01/2008/kinetic-typography-tutorial/</a>.</p>
<p>My students would love to do this? How do I begin?</p>
<p>I've seen folks work up these projects using a range of software, from PPT and Keynote to Adobe Flash to AfterEffects. The more complicated (and expensive) the software, the more it automates some processes to take the drudgery out of the animation. But determined animators can do with simpler software -- or groups that have an overall concept of what they are doing can divide and conquer the task.</p> <p>There is a website called A Way To Teach (<a href="http://www.awaytoteach.net/">http://www.awaytoteach.net/</a>) with tutorials and handouts by teachers whose classes did projects like these. You have to join and contribute enough stuff to earn 50 points before you can download the lessons and handouts, so that irritates some people. But if you are interested in contributing, you'll probably find lots of help. (Then you can come back here and publish a resource about what you learned.) &nbsp;</p> <p>You can also find lots of tutorial on the web if you search Kinetic type tutorial. &nbsp;Most of them will say that you need to start with a really interesting piece of source material. So that's what students should be working on -- finding that piece of text that is worth dramatizing, thinking about it stylistically -- how to make it visual in such a way that it enhances the meaning. &nbsp;They could do much of that off-line -- sketching, clipping fonts from magazines, whatever. &nbsp;Different students could try different treatments of the same source material to see how it is experienced when you change the visual. Could be really short so as to not try their patience. :-)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>I dove into Powerpoint and created this poem.</p> <p>Thanks, Elyse.</p> <p>http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/aSGuest95298-969439-warning-an-illuminated-poem/</p> <p>Here is what my PP looked like after I was done.</p> <p>http://www.flickr.com/photos/dogtrax/5634457924/</p> <p>I wrote a bit about the process this morning.</p> <p>http://dogtrax.edublogs.org/2011/04/19/warning-an-illuminated-poem/</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Kevin</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>Hi Kevin,</p> <p>I checked out your poem; very nice! &nbsp;Could you combine your blog post and poem into a resource for Digital Is to speak to the questions raised about how to get started?</p>