February 10, 2012


A friend of mine messaged me last night to let me know that he had seen a piece of my opening titles for Toddlers & Tiaras on ABC's Nightline the night before. The show has become so pervasive that it has become fun to see it pop up in unexpected places like there or Oprah or Jimmy Kimmel or who knows where else. Honestly, even after doing this for 20 years, there's always a little bit of joy in seeing your work on screen, and even more so when in an unexpected place or time. Aside from my work on NBC Olympics broadcasts, I would guess that the Toddlers & Tiaras open is probably one of my most seen pieces. I certainly never expected that. In fact, after the original project was completed, the show pilot sat on the shelf for almost a year without ever airing. I generally make a practice not to post work for clients until it has already first aired or published somewhere, but in this instance the producers gave me permission to go ahead and post it, since so much time had passed and the show ever airing was in question. Eventually it obviously did, but given that start, I don't think anyone expected it to take off the way it did. We've updated the open since its standard-definition original, and there's also another update on the way with the next season, but it's sorta fun now to see the original blog post back from when we thought it would never air:
  • jonberrydesign blog post from May 17, 2008: toddlers & tiaras
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