A Noiseless patient spider

Kinetic typography



I love this beautiful poem by Walt Whitman about the process of being human and seeking out meaning, truth, and connection in the world. The visual imagery in the poem is striking and I attempted to honor it. A major goal was seamless transitions and interconnection of frames and reusing elements of frames, so in some places an 'O' is used as a background color / shape, and zooms in and out of letterforms change the background color.

This is part I of the poem, to be continued later this year.

The typeface used is Biko, by Marco Ugolini.

Here is the poem in its entirety:

A Noiseless Patient Spider


A noiseless patient spider, 
I mark’d where on a little promontory it stood isolated, 
Mark’d how to explore the vacant vast surrounding, 
It launch’d forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself, 
Ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly speeding them. 
And you O my soul where you stand, 
Surrounded, detached, in measureless oceans of space, 
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, seeking the spheres to connect them, 
Till the bridge you will need be form’d, till the ductile anchor hold, 
Till the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere, O my soul.


1. Ideation / Sketches 

I sketched ideas inspired by the strong visual imagery and themes in the poem, selected the best and created a storyboard.

2. Storyboard

Digital storyboard started to play with actual letterforms and show direction of movement, though I eventually decided on using the beautiful typeface, Biko, by Marco Ugolini.

2. Digital Tableaus & Animation

I recreated the storyboard sketches in Adobe Illustrator from the storyboard digitally to use as a jumping off place for animation. Digital Illustrator collages were brought in to After Effects for animation, using my own recorded voiceover as the audio track.

Part I — A Noiseless Patient Spider (Kinetic Type):