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TV intros
September 29, 2014, 10:53 am
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These weeks I’m teaching a course on the design around a TV series. It’s a very hush hush top secret project so I can’t tell you what it is but I CAN show you a list of my top 10 TV intros. I have a deep knowledge in this field due to extensive research (…that’s a nice way of saying I’m a TV-addict ;-)

No. 10: House MD

Being a huge Massive Attack AND Hugh Laurie fan I still love this intro. But it’s also just so well composed timing wise, with all the old medical drawings and the blood running through the veins. Made by Digital Kitchen.

No. 9: Mad Men

A great take on the 50ies inspiration with awesome compositions running through. Made by Imaginary Forces.

No. 8: Borgen

A show from Danish TV. Good work by Danish studio Benny Box.

No. 7: True Blood.

One of the best crafted intros of all time when it comes to the clipping and timing. Everything is choreographed to lead your eyes around to see the exact right thing. Made by Digital Kitchen.

No. 6: The Americans

A super example of a certain style intro. Love the fast pace and the typography with inspiration from old documents. Made by Elastic.

No. 5: House of Cards

The sound! Can listen to it over and over and over. The symbolism of going through a day and the darkness creeping up on you is so magnificent for the show. Made by District 7 Media.

No. 4: Six Feet Under

For me, this intro started a new era in opening titles. It really defined the TV series as a media for great design and Digital Kitchen nailed it on this one.

No. 3: Dexter

Another great Digital Kitchen intro, the crop on each frame is amazing to give the whole intro a macabre look without actually being so.

No. 2: Masters of Sex

This intro always puts a smile on my face. I love how they’ve visualised every slang and every metaphor for sex. Like “buttering the muffin” and so forth. It fits the quite innocent approach to sex that the show has. Made by Elastic.

No. 1: True Detective

The first time I saw this intro I rewinded it to see it again before I actually started to watch the episode. THAT must be the characteristic of a truely great intro. Made by Elastic.


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[…] TV INTROS Nicht nur, dass auf einem mei­ner liebs­ten Design-Blogs Inspi­ra­tion Lab end­lich wie­der mehr geb­loggt wird, nein: jetzt geht es auch noch um künst­le­ri­sche TV-Serien-Intros. Genau! Es gibt so großartige! […]

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