Credit Titles: Typography and Cinema

A course by José Luis Coyotl Mixcoatl
Graphic designer and Art Director. San Andrés Cholula, Mexico.
Joined October 2016
, Graphic designer and Art Director

Learn the theoretical bases and a methodology to design impressive initial titles

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (52)
  • 861 students

Learn the theoretical bases and a methodology to design impressive initial titles

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (52)
  • 861 students
  • 13 lessons (1h 37m)
  • 28 additional resources (13 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

For many, a film begins in the first scene but for others it starts in the credits, where the theme and the tone of the piece can be glimpsed to sow expectation in the audience, something to which José Luis Coyotl, graphic designer and director of art, he dedicates his professional life with details as functional and powerful as typography, working for studios such as Warner Brothers, Walt Disney, ESPN, Universal, among others.

In this course you will learn the creative process to create credit titles in film, television and video projects.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Technical and narrative principles for credit titles
  • U3
    U3. The design of titles for credits
  • U4
    U4. Designing our titles
  • U5
    U5. Production and final postproduction
  • FP
    FP Final project
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You will begin by getting to know the work of José Luis Coyotl, his personal history, his passion for design and typography and his main influences.

Next, you will learn the most important technical and narrative concepts for the creation of credit titles, such as the script, time, structure, motion design, formats and display ranges.

You will see the importance of the image in the design of credits as a generator of graphic language in audiovisual pieces, typography and how it can be applied in sequences for film and television.

Afterwards, you will choose a movie to work on your own credit titles, José Luis will choose Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho", but you can choose the one you like the most. You will analyze its theme, narrative elements and technical aspects.

José will show you his process to define a concept and create a moodboard, to then develop compositions in a set of styleframes, which will allow you to visualize the final sequence and the elements that comprise it: the color, the setting, the type of shots and the Graphic treatment of the elements.

Once the concept is closed, in the production stage, you will learn about José Luis' process to develop it and, subsequently, you will see how to bring all this to a final motion test.

What is this course's project?

You will design the sequence of credits of an iconic film; the teacher will perform the "Pshycho" by Alfred Hitchcock but you can choose the one you want.

Who is this online course for?

To designers, animators of motion graphics and to all those people interested in the creation of credits for film and television.

Requirements and materials

To complete the course, you will need basic knowledge of typography, design and animation, and intermediate Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects.

On the materials, you will need a computer with Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and After Effects installed.

New to Adobe After Effects? In that case, we recommend taking Domestika Basics courses to learn how to use the software: Introduction to After Effects.


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José Luis Coyotl Mixcoatl

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Graphic designer and Art Director

José Luis Cóyotl is a Graphic Designer from the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP), Mexico. He has worked in design studios Prologue Films , with Kyle Cooper, in Los Angeles, California and in Hula + Hula and La Fe Ciega , in Mexico City.

He has devoted a large part of his professional life to teaching, as a design professor in different universities. Currently, he works independently as a designer and art director, mainly developing projects in Mexico and the United States.

He has been designing for print media, such as books and magazines, for more than 18 years; branding, motion design, illustration and design of typographic fonts, as well as custom type. He has also given conferences and workshops in Mexico and South America.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Technical and narrative principles for credit titles

    • Basic principles
    • Formats, Aspect Ratio and Letterbox
    • Title Safe, Action Safe and Framing chart
  • U3

    The design of titles for credits

    • The language of the credit titles
    • Application variants
    • Typography and cinema
  • U4

    Designing our titles

    • Analysis of the project
    • Concept development, moodboards and references
    • Styleframes and proposals
  • U5

    Production and final postproduction

    • Production
    • Postproduction
  • FP

    Final project

    • Credit and typography titles

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Credit Titles: Typography and Cinema. Calligraphy, and Typography course by José Luis Coyotl Mixcoatl

Credit Titles: Typography and Cinema

A course by José Luis Coyotl Mixcoatl
Graphic designer and Art Director. San Andrés Cholula, Mexico.
Joined October 2016
  • 98% positive reviews (52)
  • 861 students