SXSW 2011: A Brief History of Title Design is a must watch

by: James Wallace
March 16th, 2011

In honor of SXSW's Title Design Competition, Ian Albinson (Editor-in-chief and Founder of Art of the Title.com) edited together A Brief History of Title Design, a beautiful and breathtaking 2:32 montage of some of film's most fantastic uses of fonts and typography, all set to RJD2's "Ghostwriter." Being a bit of a font freak and design dork myself, I found myself spitting out my alphabet soup in excitement.

Check out the video after the break, along with a complete list of the included films from INTOLERANCE to ENTER THE VOID. Strangely enough, there is no inclusion of any opening sequences from a Wes Anderson film.

INTOLERANCE, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, KING KONG, MODERN TIMES, MY MAN GODFREY, MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW, CITIZEN KANE, THE MALTESE FALCON, GUN CRAZY, THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE, LADY IN THE LAKE, FALLEN ANGEL, THE THING, SINGING IN THE RAIN, THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM, ANATOMY OF A MURDER, PSYCHO, NORTH BY NORTHWEST, VERTIGO, GRAND PRIX, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, DR. NO, THE PINK PANTHER, GOLDFINGER, DR. STRANGELOVE, BULLITT, BARBARELLA, SOYLENT GREEN, MEAN STREETS, STAR WARS, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, SUPERMAN, ALIEN, RAGING BULL, THE TERMINATOR, BRAZIL, THE UNTOUCHABLES, DO THE RIGHT THING, FORREST GUMP, THE NAKED GUN, CAPE FEAR, RESERVOIR DOGS, DELICATESSEN, NATURAL BORN KILLERS, FREAKED, SE7EN, THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU, MIMIC, DONNIE BRASCO, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, DAWN OF THE DEAD, FIGHT CLUB, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, LEMONY SNICKET’S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS, THE FALL, CASINO ROYALE, SIX FEET UNDER, CARNIVALE, DEXTER, MAD MEN, IRON MAN, JUNO, THE KINGDOM, WALL•E, SHERLOCK HOLMES, UP IN THE AIR, ZOMBIELAND, SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD, BURIED, ROBIN HOOD, MACHETE, THE SOCIAL NETWORK, ENTER THE VOID

SXSW Film Design Awards

Excellence In Poster Design

Winner: SILVER BULLETS
Designer: Yann Legendre

Audience Award Winner: GREEN
Designer: Adrian Kolarczyk

Excellence In Title Design

Winner: BLUE VALENTINE
Designer: Jim Helton

Audience Award Winner: BLUE VALENTINE
Designer: Jim Helton

2011 SXSW Film Poster Gallery

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