Coldtype is a cross-platform library for programming and animating display typography with Python.

Put another way: do you want to make typographic graphics and animations with code? This is a good & idiosyncratic way to do that.

🌋 Disclaimer: coldtype is alpha-quality software 🌋

TLDR (if you’re using a python >= 3.7)

pip install "coldtype[viewer]"
coldtype demo

Here’s an example:

from coldtype import *

fnt = Font.Cacheable("assets/ColdtypeObviously-VF.ttf")

@renderable((700, 350))
def coldtype_simple(r):
   return (StSt("COLDTYPE", fnt, 350,
         wdth=0, tu=20, r=1, rotate=10)
      .f(hsl(0.65, 0.6)))

If you’re familiar with other graphics programming libraries, that code snippet might seem a little odd, given that it’s canvas-less & highly abbreviated, with a idiomatic emphasis on method-chaining & structured data (which can make programming animations a lot easier and faster). More on those bold words on the about page.

A more complex example

Here’s a somewhat complex animation — made entirely with coldtype — demonstrating what’s possible with not-so-much code:

The code for that video is available here:

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