5 Tips for Learning Motion Design & Animation


in this video I’m gonna share with you
five tips to help you learn motion design and animation before we even make
into the list I wanna make it clear up front you did not need to go to art
school or college or university to learn motion design there’s honestly much better
resources online so don’t worry number five focus on one thing at a time
motion design is a really broad discipline that covers design
illustration animation editing VFX compositing there’s so many things and
it can be really overwhelming to kind of be expected to master all of them
especially at once I find you can start to spread yourself a little too thin
when trying to learn all these things at once and you don’t end up seeing any
progression at all and either one of them because it’s so small and the worst
thing about that is it can be motivating to not see any results I’d say to focus
on one thing for a short medium period of time obviously the longer the better
but I’d say a month is a good place to start I just focus on to let’s say
designing an illustrator for one month and then the next month you focus on
typography and you do that for 12 months and at the end of the year you’re gonna
have 12 skills that you’ve spent a significant amount of time learning and
that’s gonna add up to a more significant progress than just learning
a different thing every day it doesn’t mean you can’t learn other things during
those periods but having one key thing to focus on I think can really help and
each one of those months can be a little brick that you can start building your
motion design house with number 4 have a structure having a structure I think is
the biggest indicator of whether or not you gonna be successful in learning a
new skill you could enroll in a course or you could try to create a little
course to yourself perhaps by collecting 20 tutorials on that subject matter and
maybe a few podcasts from artists you like in that area and then maybe
assigning is off to short assignments to maybe make two little looping gifts
using those skills I do think an already prepared course it’s probably a better
way to go but those of course vary in how long they are and how much they are
as well but one of their main benefits is there’ll be a nice linear progression
where they start you out with the most important information that’s the
simplest and it’ll slowly get more difficult and you’ll be constantly
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come away having learned less number three focus on the fundamentals the
fundamentals of any practice I think the most important thing for any motion
designer to have in almost all of my commercial projects that I’ve worked on
80% of what I’ve done is just keyframing the position the scale and the rotation
in After Effects maybe shape path that is by far the vast majority of what I spend
my time doing so take time to learn those it’s gonna be far more useful than
let’s say the tempting new plugin that adds all these you know particle systems
and new shiny effects those are of course more tempting but I think it’s
important to have your vegetables understand the very basics and the
fundamentals the 12 principles of animation are a really good thing to
focus on when I first heard about them I dismissed them completely I thought this
is not relevant to me at all I want to be doing modern 2d motion design this
stuff is only for traditional animators animating Disney films by hand and that
is not the case these principles can be applied to every single project and
everything you do After Effects and motion design but understanding these
and figuring out how to implement them in my workflow with absolutely the
biggest increase in skills that I’ve had in my career number two follow your
interests this might seem a bit at odds with the last point but I think it is
important to not get too dogmatic about any of this the main reason to follow
your interests and passions is that you’re gonna be more motivated and the
more motivated you are the more you’re gonna learn if you’re currently obsessed
with a certain look or a certain skill you want to learn go for it and dive
into it I think it’s important to balance that
out learning the fundamentals of course but
if you really enjoy it go do it your own curiosity and the elements you
choose to obsess over are really what’s going to paint a picture of you in your
motion design career your unique variety of skills is going to flavor all of your
work and it’s going to make it a lot easier to find work that you want to do
in the future number one don’t forget about design
design is more important than animation the more I learn about animation the
more I understand that if the design isn’t good the animation won’t be good
you can put the wildest animation crazy cell transitions and everything but if
the structural elements aren’t designed well it’s gonna look crap it’s much
better to have a really well thought out design and then only have some subtle
simple animations that’s going to make for a much more impactful scene of
course great design and great animation is the best combination but in
every project you’re going to have to choose how much time you spend in design
versus animation I think more time spent in design is a better investment and the
more time you spend in the design the less you’re gonna have to sell that
concept in animation because if the design is good you won’t need much
animation to keep people entertained and hold their attention the design will do
that all on its own I do think though the design is a much harder skill to
learn mainly because it’s more subjective and artistic I guess and
whereas animation is a little more technical maybe just starting out in
design I think focusing on hierarchy and structure composition and maybe column
lighting are the best places to focus on with the design the more you understand
and implement those the better everything you make is going to be I’ve
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77 Replies to “5 Tips for Learning Motion Design & Animation”

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  2. Your a huge inspiration man, it's hard to stay positive when your learning this in your 40's….but motion is something I've always been drawn to since I started graphic design back in 98. Even if I'm never at your level I'm learning to enjoy the process and am grateful for so much knowledge that's freely given here.

  3. Hey man! Reaaally loving your videos! Your skills coupled with your personality makes them stand out and you really have a knack for teaching. Any chance that youโ€™ll design a skillshare course yourself?

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  4. I went to an university to learn those things but they suck, so i ended learning them from youtube, every single thing i know today was possible of these great virtual teachers and now I'm a professional motion designer

  5. "If the structural (design) elements aren't designed well, it's gonna look crap." Damn right, design is the most important thing. Another great vid, Ben.

  6. So glad you have Skillshare as sponsor!!!! Amazing…just a quick question…whatโ€™s column lighting ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค” I donโ€™t have a good design background , so thinking building on it..

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    You're by far my favourite youtuber and animator. Keep up with your amazing work!

  8. Fair point – animation is a technical skill (computer animation), the design is the artistic part. These are two separate things. Sadly, I suck at design… even after years of drawing classes and such – I can only render what I see but unable to create something compelling. While animation feels like home to me because I can pick someone else good design and bring it to life.

  9. Loved this, excellent tips, I'm feeling very inspired! ๐Ÿ˜€ Loved the balance between what you should do and what you enjoy, as well as emphasis on design ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

    ~ God bless Kevin ~

  10. I don't even have that much of an interest in motion design. I just find your technique and aesthetic so fascinating; I can't stop watching! Thanks so much for doing what you do.

  11. Thank you ben! These tips will help me a lot to learn more about this amazing motion design world and I love your style too, u r the man!

  12. Another super clear and helpful insight! I'll be using these tips to try and squeeze the most out of my time at uni while I'm here. Won't let it go to waste!

  13. This is the advice I need right now. Iโ€™ve gotten a little lost in the weeds of learning specific skills recently and lost some motivation for the fun part.

    Thank you Ben!

    Question: whatโ€™s your advice on making a reel? Iโ€™m early in my animation career so my work is a little scattershot.

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  14. Those are some solid tips. Do you recommend any books on design? Also when learning about design did you start off with static graphic design or straight into motion?

  15. haha ya I totally need to keep reminding myself of tip 5 cuz I'm so scatterbrained I seem to be distracted by all the streams of motion graphics out there!

    And thanks for the tips, but even more so the encouragement ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. THANK YOU BOY OH my god ๐Ÿ˜น I am starting my way in design, and Iโ€™ve become so depressed, cause I canโ€™t figure out what I need. So much information, so many different skills and professions. Your video just made me realise that I donโ€™t have to be all figured out, I need to fave fun more I think and try different things)) thank you so much!
    Ps: I would really appreciate if you shared your story – how youโ€™ve become an animator (how did you choose). Itโ€™s really interesting! Just an video idea ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Ben, I love your videos. Could you please do a video on how to find motion graphics work/jobs, for someone who is self-trained. I have a decent portfolio based on projects I've done for online classes and projects I've assigned myself for practice, but I don't know where to take it from there or how to get paid projects, besides platforms like Fiverr etc. Please advise! Thanks!

  18. Awesome, Ben! I have been thinking precisely the last point, lately. I want to improve myself in Motion Design, but I just can't do it before improving my design skills. So my plans are to learn more about illustration, drawing, colors, use more my Wacom (I like doing these things anyway) and one year from now, when I feel pretty confident that I actually improved these skills, I will move on. Luckily I have a full-time job that will allow me to have such a pace, hehe. Cheers!

  19. As for learning animation from my own experience, a good way to do so is to animate at least two things per week, not necessarily daily if uninspired. But with consistency on that, you can achieve a ton in a year, and if you also illustrate things for it yourself thatโ€™s a great bonus.
    We overestimate what we can do in a day and GREATLY underestimate what we can do in a year.

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  21. Hey men, so I'm starting out with my youtube putting a lot of effort into my videos. I see you got to almost 100k in like 7 months, how many views you got in your first week on your first video?

  22. You don't need design school to learn design, but it does help to spend 2-4 years just doing design before you go out into the big world. I think I learned the most in internships because deadlines, idiot clients, awesome clients, and financial boundaries are all great teachers.

  23. This is super helpful! Also congrats on the sponsorship! Also random question. I am an animation student who specializes in motion design wanting to earn my Masters degree any school recommendations and what the cost are. I'm from the US but willing to go international if that helps:).

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