What should a motion designer do? What programs do you need to own?
Any motion graphics designer must have a sense of taste, know the principles of composition and color combinations. From professional skills, he should master various types of animation, including, shapes, text fonts, characters, frames and motion tracking and keying, to use and create visual effects and simulation effects.
Motion graphics animation studios use various designing software, such as Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Figma, After Effects and its plugins, Premiere Pro and Cinema4D. Each graphics designer work with Animation Feast is well-aware of using this list of software professionally.
If you want to be a motion graphic designer, you should know that the training usually takes approximately 3 months to study each program at a basic level, provided that you can fully devote yourself to studies. If you buy online courses for motion designing, they are designed for six months or a year and give a little bit of knowledge. Nonetheless, you can start working as a motion designer with basic knowledge.
Do you agree that there are lesser motion graphics designers and animators on the market?
The demand for motion designers keeps on increasing on the market and already expert designers are engaged. Simultaneously, a lot of platforms offer training courses for motion graphics designing. Consequently, motion graphics animation studios are also in demand since they are very few.
Nevertheless, it is not always easy for course graduates to find work, as they lack the experience and knowledge to create adequate visual content. When it comes to our motion graphics company, it takes us long time to find expert animators on the market. However, Animation Feast is now fully filled with experienced and professional motion animation. We also invite the students to pursue their internship with us, if we find talent in those candidates, if take no time in making decision to hire them.
How does motion animators get into the profession? What do they love most about their work?
I am a marketer by education and worked in an advertising agency, where I was involved in maintaining social networks for the company and clients. But one day there was a task to make a small animation for a post. To deal with it, I had to get acquainted with the concept of motion design and After Effects. After that, I realized that animation is mesmerizing and resonates in my soul.
Then I took online courses in motion design and talked to the management that, if possible, I would like to develop in a new direction. They said that they are looking for a motion designer and if I can cope with some tasks within a certain time, then the position will be mine. And so it happened.
I periodically ask myself what I like about my job in order to control my professional development path. What fascinates me the most is the process of generating ideas. At this moment, I feel as happy and productive as possible. The animation process itself is a little monotonous, but when you see the result of your work, your heart begins to beat faster and there is no limit to joy.
There is a stereotype that creative people are highly dependent on inspiration. Do you happen to work from home or on weekends?
Of course, ideas can catch up with you at the most unexpected moment: when you are driving home in transport, washing dishes or doing any other routine tasks. Usually, at such moments of insight, I write down all my notes, and in the morning at work I finish them. But in general, in the modern world with its speed, it would be rash to rely only on such sudden flashes of inspiration. Top designers often talk about this at webinars.
In fact, there are so many techniques that allow you to generate creative ideas directly during working hours. Because of this, a motion designer needs to know a lot about how the brain works in order to understand how the creative process works. Working with references also helps to come up with something new.
I do not close work tasks at home. I prefer to use my free time for professional self-development, sometimes I do projects that are interesting to me personally and allow me to apply new skills. I had the experience of having to work from home, but it ended up with a very strong emotional burnout. I try to strike a balance between rest, work and study. On weekdays, in addition to work, I go in for sports, study English, meet friends or spend time with my husband, and on weekends I sit down to study motion design courses, read books and go to the movies.
Traveling energizes me the most. I made my first full journey after I had a dream about Salvador Dali. In a dream, he talked about being a truly creative person – you have to see a lot. To create something new and unique, you need to travel more and get acquainted with the world culture. After that, I began to get out on trips more often, the obligatory point of the program in them is visiting famous museums and art galleries.