Putting the Face Back in Typeface
So the other day, Zeldman opined that he’s not seeing the sort of creative explosion he once expected from the web. I can’t say I disagree too much with that, but if you look in the right places, new jewels pop up every week.
Take Ni9e.com’s latest typographic illustration project. After watching it 20 or so times, I think it might really be the coolest thing I’ve ever seen in Flash. It’s creative, artistic, simple, and brilliant. The Bob Dylan (Garamond) one is my favorite, although all others are fantastic as well. Sometimes when I see stuff this good, it makes me want to get out of design altogether. I mean, when the bar is set this high, what’s the point of even jumping!
I can only guess how this was done:
- Use a pressure-sensitive tablet to draw a musician.
- Record every stylus movement using a custom-built Flash routine.
- Compile a text file containing the lyrics of a song from that musician.
- Write some Actionscript which recreates the original movement of the stylus, but using letters from the lyrics instead of a plain black line.
- Use the pressure-sensitivity to create bigger letters for when the stylus was pressed down hard, and smaller letters for when the stroke was light.
- Import the song and play it while the figure is being drawn.
It is great work like this which keeps me inspired about the web industry. Kudos Ni9e.com.