As I started to think about my first Top 5 of 2021 I quickly realized that it had to be focused on my continued fascination with animated type compositions. I, like I imagine many of you, have spent hours of my life staring at beautiful, moving type, while daydreaming.
As I assembled a list of my favourite pieces, it dawned on me that 5 was much too small a number to even scratch the surface of the stunning and innovative works. There are just so many of these kind of pieces created every day in some form or other so I made the decision to do a Top 5 x 5.
A great mantra from Guillermo Vigil. The movement is so clean and simple that this carries great effect.
There is an awkwardness and kind of ugly feeling to the characters.
The slash through O is a great add. This calms as it flows.
The type immediately feels simple but on further viewing is really quite complex.
I love that the forms are so simple but the the rotation adds so much.
Nuff said. MF DOOM was a big inspiration and so was this piece.
Love anything named after an Underworld tune. This throws back a little to the work of Tomato in the 90s... of which I am a sucker.
So many details and so much fun... watched it many times to catch everything.
Ohhhh, shiny... The gradient is so nice.
One of the things I love about animated type is when I have no idea how they did it...
It is great to see animations like these applied to major brand projects.
I love anything that looks techy and blueprinty.
The letterforms are so simple but the strobing adds a great layer of detail.
The crawling growth makes my skin tingle, in a pretty good way.
Feeling like a classic Emil Ruder composition come to life.
The Swing typeface just looks so good as a living animation.
I'm a sucker for geometric forms (who isn't?) and animated ones even more.
Again this feels like an original Swiss study come to life.
The repetition and flow just makes this look great.
The outline look makes this look clean and the movement makes it look complex.
This feels great. Love the colours and layers. Makes me smile.
We have all seen cascading type like this but the clean lines and energy grabbed me.
I always love water effects on type. Liked how poetic this was.
The 3D here is one thing but the cyclical movement pops it even more.
Dominic has worked in Toronto as a designer for more than 25 years. At Hambly & Woolley, Dominic focuses on high-level strategic initiatives with clients such as York University, the RGD, OCAD University, CIFAR and Quadrangle Architects. Currently on faculty at OCAD U, Dom is an enthusiastic mentor to new designers and is known in the design community for his expertise in typography, web platforms, design trends and popular culture.