Design in Motion – Kinetic Typography Music Videos

Design in Motion – Kinetic Typography Music Videos

There are a few techniques that never seem to get old. Kinetic typography falls into this group. It’s more than just arranging a poster into a variation of blocks. It’s a whole 3D experience choreographed to dialogue or rhythm.

Chances are that you’ve seen the famous Pulp Fiction dialogue somewhere on YouTube. While there are plenty of other really creative projects floating around, this showcase is going to highlight examples in musical (or rhythmic) type.

How It’s Done

I’ll be the first to admit that I have extremely limited experience with After Effects and Motion. However thanks to the internet I can point you in the direction of people who do know what they are doing. Here are a few introductions to making your own kinetic typography music video.

  1. Kinetic Typography Tutorial (via Crooked Gremlin)
  2. Create an Animated Homage to Bruce Lee (3 part series on AETuts+)
  3. Design Rhythmic Motion Typography in After Affects (via AETuts+)

A Showcase of Words in Motion

Even if some of these aren’t to your musical taste, hopefully you’ll see some of the artistic brilliance. The most impressive part? Most of the projects below were done by students.

Lion’s Roar

By The Hush Sound

Zak and Sara

By Ben Folds

Never Let Me Down

A mashup of Kanye West and poet J. Ivy

Something Stupid

By Frank Sinatra


By Blink 182

Still Alive

From the game Portal

The City is at War

By Cobra Starship

Chiquita Banana

A nostalgic jingle for bananas

Bohemian Rhapsody

By Queen


By Sum 41

Would You Be Impressed

By Streetlight Manifesto


If you’re feeling particularly inspired by this post, YouTube and Vimeo have plenty more to look at. If you find anything spectacular, don’t hesitate to share a link in the comments.

Posted Thursday, April 30th, 2009 · Back to Top


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29 Comments 11 Mentions

  1. Soh Author Editor

    really cool and inspirational!

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  2. Callum Chapman Author Editor

    The city is at war is a great vid, good find! Shall tweet this!

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  3. Tim Reilly Author Editor

    Love these!


  4. mikemick Author Editor

    Nice list…

    Here is one of the first videos that I saw demonstrating these types of text effects (was up’d to YouTube 3 years ago). I believe it is a tribute video, and not an official music video release for The Faint’s song – Symptom Finger…

    Also, to mix things up a bit, I figured I’d throw this one in too. The new Ford Truck commercials all have similar text effects. Really surprising to see a company like Ford doing such a stylized advert. Here is one of the several they’ve done…


  5. Lincoln Author Editor

    Wonderful collection of videos! Some are definitely my favourites already. Thanks for posting mine :D In return, I tweeted this post!



  6. Nils Author Editor

    How about the Human rights declaration? I like this. – By the way: Nice collection. :-D


  7. Dejan K. Author Editor

    The best Typography Music Video for me is undoubtedly Alex Gopher – The Child:


  8. Juliany Author Editor

    I like this one


  9. Neutron Author Editor

    what about this one.. its one of the best I’ve ever seen


  10. zulusafari Author Editor

    I was inspired by Starbucks’ ad campaign during the last election. They were giving out free coffee if you voted. I did a REALLY BASIC typography video recently. Just in Final Cut. Plan to go with Motion next time and add some more movement to the text and a LOT MORE time into the project.


  11. Arabic Music (Melody4Arab) Author Editor

    Great collection of videos! Some are definitely my favorites
    Thanks for posting


  12. Pandithurai Author Editor

    Very cool article about animated texts.


  13. soma Author Editor

    They were giving out free coffee if you voted. I did a REALLY BASIC typography video recently.


  14. Welder work · Author Editor

    when looking for music videos, i always check out music videos with funny and sentimental content ~


  15. Sarah Author Editor

    Very good post. Thanks for sharing.

    Please also check out this cute Little Drummer Boy video:

    Little Drummer Boy by Ten Days Till – [Christmas Music Video]

    Here’s the youtube link


  16. Neville Boyson Author Editor

    Utterly pent content material , thanks for information .


  17. josh Author Editor

    check out this one


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  23. M. Author Editor

    Cool videos.
    Take a look at my first after effects video:

    Made it as a school project.


  24. T10 Author Editor

    A lot of great lyric typography here.

    This is my try on kinetic typography by song:


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  26. Duane Laus Author Editor

    Here’s a lyric video I did for Malta’s entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013…



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