DK Cooks Up High-Intensity Titles For “Explorer” Relaunch
To support the relaunch of National Geographic’s award-winning and beloved “Explorer” documentary series, DK Studios reimagined the show’s main title to pay homage to the program’s heritage while delivering a higher-intensity, urgent tone reflecting the show’s subject matter.
“Explorer” aired for 25 years—the longest-running documentary series in cable TV history— before being relaunched in 2015 on the Nat Geo channel, after a five-year hiatus. The new main title first aired on the February 14 episode.
DK Studios’ main title sequence was designed to present the “Explorer” series’ wide array of provocative subjects, brought together through a visual motif inspired by modern journalism— juxtaposing the digital nature of film-making with the harsh realities of storytelling “from the edges.”
The DK Studios team began the project with an archive of “Explorer” footage, both recent and historical. Using that resource and an array of highly graphic, fast-paced transitions, they wove together varied “Explorer” adventures and show themes. The result is an intense, gritty journey that aims to capture a National Geographic explorer’s epic journey.
Creative CreditsProject: "Explorer" Main Title Design
Client: National Geographic
Production Company: Digital Studios
Executive Creative Director: Came Rowland
Head of Production: Blake Nickle
Creative Director: Ryan Summers
Senior Editor: Mike Radtke
Lead Designer: Cody Tilson
Lead Animator: Patrick Coleman
Animator: Jason Esser
Designer: Yairon Martinez
Score: Wes Slover