The opening credits can give viewers an insight into the theme and style of a movie or TV show in a variety of ways. In the best instances, it's the subtle use of a certain typeface or colours and shapes, which set the tone for the following frames. The following list is comprised of various genre types that display how such use of typography and graphic design conveys a certain feeling. From the early works of Saul Bass, who's synonymous with the Beatnick style intros to films like 'The Man with the Golden Arm' and 'It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World'; to more modern and slicker uses of After Effects in films like 'Catch Me If You Can' and TV shows such as 'Mad Men'.
For all fans of typography in motion, look no further for inspiration than the history of cinema. The design experts at PrinterInks have lovingly combined their passion for typography and cinema history to produce this rundown of 45+ incredible movie and TV title sequences.
Dr No (1962)
The bold large almost cartoon like letters enhanced the suspense to this supreme classic.
Catch me if You Can (2002)
The titles for Catch me if Can are a brilliant homage to the work of Saul Bass with a 21st century tinge of After Effects wizardry.
Mad Men (2007)
The letters come on the screen are in harmony with the characters descent. The opening titles pay homage to Hitchcock's 'Vertigo' and the simple typography using two bold colours typifies the heart of Mad Men, the loss of control and identity.
Breakfast At Tiffany's (1961)
The simple but elegant typography reflects the nature of the film.
Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)
The very upright and formal font of 'Ernst Lubitsch' is contrasted with the flowing more feminine font introducing the title of the film.
Red River (1948)
The typography used in the opening credits of this western movie become embedded within the background image.
The Addams Family (1964)
The typography is the perfect kooky introduction to the Addams Family.
The Third Man (1949)
The typography used in the opening scenes is simple, using clean lines that stand out from the musical strings in the background.
Here, the lettering is incorporated into Batman's infamous logo immediately paralleling the two.
The typography immediately creates a sense of menace, perfectly fitting with the theme of Dexter.