Motion Design 101

Learn the basics of design, animation and processes of motion graphics

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  • Learn the basics of design, animation and processes of motion graphics
  • In depth lectures
  • Learn to use Illustrator and Adobe Effects
  • Learn the 12 principles of animation
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Your Outcome

About this course


If you’re totally new to the field of motion design, then this course is for you. We cover the basics of design and animation, with a mix of Art History for context. This also includes software tutorials and project files to get you started with After Effects.


You’ll likely want to watch many of these videos at 2x speed, because it’s a lot of information. But, we wanted to be overly thorough for this course and give beginners a full overview of just what Motion Design is. We want everyone to have access to this wonderful industry.


This online course is designed to get you up and running with Illustrator and After Effects. We’ll look at preparing assets and animating them in After Effects. The animation tutorials are designed to help you master the 12 principles of animation.

Do you feel stuck as a motion designer?

Does your ability to use software, outpace your ability to create original works from the ground up?

Then this motion design course is designed for you.

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Course Curriculum


  • 5 Tips For This Course
  • Course Overview (1:17)
  • What is Motion Design? (3:54)


  • History of Visual Communication (5:11)
  • Sketching Design Principles (12:58)
  • Design Principles (8:47)
  • Color Theory Basics (4:55)
  • Creating Imagery (6:47)
  • Visual Reference For Illustration
  • Creating Roller Blade Artwork (5:37)


  • Animation History & Principles (9:20)
  • Ball Bounce : Keyframes (14:48)
  • Ball Bounce : Frame By Frame (PSD) (8:10)
  • Multi-Layer Scene Animation & Workflow (19:20)
  • Roller Blade : Animation & Composite (Ae) (8:22)
  • Stroke Animations (Adobe Illustrator) (4:17)
  • Stroke Animation (Adobe After Effects) (3:32)
  • Custom Alpha Mattes (12:48)


  • File Structure (2:38)
  • Production Overview (6:03)
  • Production Styles (8:33)
  • Creating PDF Presentations (6:08)

Case Study

  • Project Overview (7:17)
  • My Chart : Design Workshop (20:37)
  • My Chart : Animation Workshop (43:04)

Tips & Resources

  • Suggested Resources & Tools (5:31)

Workshop Conclusion

  • Thank You & Feedback (2:12)

Your Instructor

Michael Jones

Michael Jones is an animator, designer and VFX artist. He is also the founder of MoGraph Mentor and has a passion for creating clear and detailed, educational materials for motion designers everywhere.

Michael emphasizes the role of core disciplines in the development of every motion designer. Without an understanding of art, design and animation, a modern artist may be relegated to the status of technician. It is an emphasis on fundamental understanding that inspires Michael’s courses, as well as MoGraph Mentor at large.

Frequently asked questions

Why this course?

This course is designed to help guide beginners. We want you to understand the right things to study, such as design and animation, but also want to equip you with enough to get started and practicing.

Is there a live forum?

Yes. Registering for this workshop will give you access to the MoGraph Mentor slack forum. There you can ask questions, post work and share resources with the wider community.

What will I know by the end?

What motion design is and how to get started with making animations. You'll understand how to create artwork and animation using software such as : Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects.

When does it start?

Right when you sign up! This is an online course is ready when you are.

How long do I have access to this course?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

Can I communicate with the mentor?

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