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Typography: an Invisible Art August 14 2015

Typography is the study of Type. Type is used every day, every where, and by everyone. It is something, as a society, we tend to brush off. It's there, it tells us what we need to know, and we move on. However, if it wasn't there, people would run into issues. We wouldn't know where the restrooms are. We wouldn't know which parking spots won't get our cars towed. We wouldn't be able to read books, or this blog post. 

This video above explains the history type, so you know where the backbone of our entire culture originated. At Outside Voice, most of us are designers, and appreciate the work and evolution of typography. If you want to be a designer someday, check this out!

Do you have a cool typography story, or do you draw typography?

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WORD WARS August 07 2015


Julien Deswaef coded a program that goes through the New York Times every day to find news that relates to war. Then the stories are shortened to three or four paragraphs and animated to look like the opening "crawl" from Star Wars.

"Crawl" is a word to describe the movement of the camera over the words. This movement is slow, and adds depth to the paragraphs symbolizing the passage of time. The text would always be a prologue to the movie to catch the viewer up with where the movie left off.

For the first Star Wars movie, the "crawl" was created with a 2 foot by 6 foot paper with the words painted in yellow on a black background. Then the camera would slowly move down the page to give the words motion. Now, they can use programs such as Adobe After Effects to do these simple animations.

Just think about other things that would pair well with this effect. Is there something funny you can say? Maybe a short synopsis of your day, or a dramatic short tale. If you set up a small piece of paper, and use your phone or parent's phone to film the "crawl" tell us about it!

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Life Like the Movies: How Tuesday August 04 2015

Earlier today, we learned about 1980's movie posters, and how they are put together.

Now let's practice making a movie poster, but for your life! You are the main character, and put you favorite places, people, or moments in the movie poster. A good vacation, and your school may be some of the places to put in your movie poster. You can include your friends, family, and pets as the characters. You can even make up your own movie title and plot with your poster, and if you have a story with it feel free to share with us.

How to make your own 1980's Movie Poster


1. Pencil, pen, and any sort of coloring materials

2. Paper


1. I am going to make up my own Movie that is based off of my life with me being the main character. I decided to put myself in the middle of the page. One of my enemies will be up in the corner. He is played by my friend and co-blogger, Carlos.

2. I decided the next villain would be Ron, who is the founder of Outside Voice. I titled my movie Paper Cut because it's something that I deal with on a regular basis.


3. I added my alien gear, and wardrobe. I also casted my dogs as my good guy comrades, and made up my own space ship. It is a tank combined with a sci-fi space ship. My Character scraped it together with some old Earth Parts.


4. This is when I start the inking process. You don't have to go this far, but I was having a pretty good time making up my life-movie. When I ink, I add little details to make things more realistic and interesting.


5. I added more black to Mimi, because her fur is black


6. I inked Carlos, and started to ink my super cool space ship. I added some lines to the background to suggest movement, and light beams.


7. Done! I decided to give the typography some cool effects.


8. The Final copy! I erased all of my pencil marks, and cleaned up the lines.


WHAMO! You made it to the end. Now you have to do one yourself. Let me remind you that I am a trained professional adult lady, and yours will look completely different from mine. Please share your own 80's movie poster with us at:

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Life Like the Movies August 04 2015

Movie Posters can be simple, and well designed, or Layered and well designed. A lot of classic illustrated movie posters feature varying sizes, and collages of different scenes from the movie. Normally the characters were cropped out without backgrounds then blown up or shrunken down based on importance or because it looks awesome. This method was most used in the 80's with films like Indiana Jones and Star Wars. The posters normally had the main characters painted large and featured vignettes (small illustrations without definite borders) for props, or significant places throughout the movie. This way of making posters applies for covers of modern comics, books, or any sort of storytelling medium.


Here are some prime examples of the classic movie poster set up.

Super Mario Bros

Photo belongs to: http://www.impawards.com/1993/super_mario_bros_ver2.html

The Super Mario Bros. Movie Poster is a perfect example of 80's Movie Poster Art. There is a tattoo parlor, a villain, and of course, the main characters. There are little vignettes of scenes, and character everywhere! Although, this isn't the best movie. The only good thing to come out of it was the cool poster.


Star Wars

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 The Star Wars poster is also a prime example of 80's Illustrated movie posters.


Indiana Jones

The photo belongs to: http://www.owenjonesdesign.com/2011/06/alphablog-m-is-for-movie-posters/

See how they all work, and quilt scenes and characters together? This method was popularized by Drew Stuzan. Go check out his other movie works!

Tune in later today for our demonstration to make your own 1980's inspired movie poster!

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