WiggleType. Hand-made animated typography.


Created by the team who brought you the Juno opening title sequence, WiggleType is hand-drawn, animated typography for motion graphics designers, filmmakers and animators... talented folks like you.

Each character consists of a looping animation in both Quicktime and PNG formats. Transparency is embedded, allowing you to use WiggleType over any background.


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Hand-made by Smith & Lee

Each character was hand-drawn four times, scanned at high resolution, then converted into Quicktime and PNG image sequence loops that you can use in your projects.

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Whimsical, yet flexible

WiggleType was designed to imbue a sense of hand-made warmth and charm to your projects, yet be tonally flexible. It doesn’t always have to be “quirky.”

Easy to use

Simply drag and drop each character into your After Effects composition to create your animation. Add fills, apply effects, distort... go to town. Here’s a quick-start tutorial that shows you how easy it is to start using WiggleType.

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Includes fills and outlines

Each character includes an outline and a solid fill. They can be used individually or in combination with one another. And since they include alpha channels, it’s easy in After Effects to change their color and apply effects.

High resolution

We’re accustomed to working at high resolutions for our film title sequence work, so WiggleType was scanned and prepped at a high resolution. The uppercase characters are approximately 730 pixels in height.

 

Character set

Our first release of WiggleType has a limited character set that includes punctuation and standard symbols. We have plans to release a future version that includes international characters as well.

 

Technical specifications

Before you purchase WiggleType, we highly recommend watching our quick-start tutorial about how to use it. 

We prepared WiggleType on a Mac in After Effects. While we haven’t tested it in other applications and operating systems, we imagine that it can be used in other ways. Please take a look at the specs below to see if it’s something that will work for you:

Quicktime

Each WiggleType character is contained in a Qucktime file using the Animation codec.

PNG Sequences

We also provide 4 frame loops for each character as PNG image sequences.

Alpha Channels

The files contain premultiplied alpha channels

Frame Rate

6 frames per second
We found this to be the most pleasing frame rate to produce the “wiggle” effect, and it’s evenly divisible into 24 and 30 fps compositions. However, you may adjust the frame rate to produce different wiggle speeds using the “interpret footage” menu in AE.

Duration

The duration of each Quicktime clip is 10 seconds. If you need it to be longer, simply apply a loop to the footage using the “interpret footage” menu in AE.

It’s not a font

WiggleType is not a font. It is designed to be hand-set in After Effects. You will place and position individual characters into a composition. Because of this, we do not recommend it for typesetting large amounts of text. It is much better suited to small amounts of text (for instance, title cards or commercial tags).