For Type in Motion. Motion as a series of time-specific events

Specifically: Motion is the illusion of sequential images. The more images, the smoother the motion. The shorter the duration of the image OR the greater the number of images in a sequence, the slower it appears to be moving (the converse is also true). Images can also appear to be moving if their density is altered.


  • Read how to make a GIF animation in Photoshop. There are many, many YT vids on how to do this. It’s easy. Here’s the one from ADOBE: https://youtu.be/omdfcGYEqPY


  • Online, look up the work of Eadweard Muybridge.
  • Select a large-size of one his sequential images and have it printed.
  • Cut out the Images and assemble them to make an animated flip book. 

Session 1

  • Decide on how to make a moving type animation: storyboard an animation by tracing the ligature on the sheet from Week 7 (or make a new sheet from another ligature) and work through its motion to combine, its alpha value, or some other form of time-based evolution.
  • Alternately, you can make cutouts of your letters and move them around a sheet of paper, making rough tracings that you’ll later transfer to layers in Photoshop. But, for now, just work on paper.


  • Continue to refine the design on the animation, point it by hand. Cut out the cels an assemble to make a flip book.

Session 2

  • Critique of the hand-drawn flip book.


  • Bring the animation into the computer. Make a color chart for the animation, if you want, or change the alpha (density), or keep in bxw. The images can rotate, change size, combine, or move around the image plane


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