How did you start learning motion design, and do you ever feel it’s not worth it bc there are pro motion designers out there? I’m a few months into learning AE+C4D and I often wonder if it’s worth it.

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I studied motion in school, but honestly YouTube is your best friend here, learned most of what I know from watching tutorials over and over again. Check out Mt. Mograph and Evan Abrams


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I recommend School of Motion - you'll learn animation fundamentals which make good motion design along with after effects and cinema 4d. they have a few free videos on YouTube you should check out.


Ask yourself why you want to learn Motion Design - passion or money? If it's passion take the pressure off yourself and learn beacuse you love it. Actively look for ways to incorporate motion into your work and make friends with motion designers that will help when you're in the thick of it. Take tutorials - learn and fail - try again. Motion design is about 75% solving problems.. it takes time, practice and patience which can definitely be discouraging - stick with it OP! It's like learning a language - the more exposure the better. School of Motion is great 💯


It’s very different to have some motion skills handy so you can create animated end cards or kinetic type for a project than to be a committed animator at a studio like Buck who uses complicated code. Once you reach a certain point your specialization becomes motion, but if your primary focus is design with an added skill of motion, that’s a great skill to have on a resume and something more and more recruiters are looking at as valuable. I have found since I started my career in 2017 that After Effects knowledge has been routinely praised and heavily utilized. I definitely can’t do special effects, but it’s great I’m there for basic and often intermediate animation so external studios don’t need to be used and we can be more heavily involved in the animation and creation process.


I started learning after being inspired by all the micro-animation work on dribbble/etc. I skew product/experience work and have always believed in “showing rather than telling”. You can explain a static comp or you can use motion to SHOW a comp in full motion. I think any additional accompanying skills to design (motion, code ability) will absolutely help you and give you a major leg up in your career/craft.


I started learning cause I wanted to make some stuff, then took a few classes in school, but really Youtube is the go to. It’s definitely worth it given how much more you can do yourself and also how easily impressed other people are by motion skills lol. As discouraging as it is that there are so many pro motion designers out there, it’s also super inspiring cause not one of them is exactly the same. You might even surprise yourself with your own style, good luck!!

I took After Effects Kickstart from School of Motion and my agency paid! Loved it. Not only has it helped me for my main work, but they ask me to help out with more AE work around the agency! Would want to take more classes from SOM, it just goes by so fast and there’s lots of material. I was in a Starbucks every weekend (which was fine). It can be hard to complete things on time, so you probably need to study/work after work lol

& I’ll find cool/trendy things in mograph from Pinterest & Behance and then look for a YouTube tutorial. Now that I have a better background it’s more understandable.

Lynda! And just playing around. It is ALWAYS a good idea to expand your skill set. Makes you a more valuable asset to any company. Start with the essentials on Lynda then download as many peoples’ free files as you can and try to recreate them and break them! That helped me the most. I rarely use it but was able to whip up a last minute convention loop for our clients within a week!

I learned by doing and by asking. I asked people who knew motion graphics how to do things and they would tell me. I also learned about the cool plugins that way. Trap code, element 3D. As someone else pointed out, YouTube and creative cow are great resources.

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