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Before moving forward, take a moment to think about an animation in an app - What’s the impact? Is it distracting or helpful? It’s okay if you can’t think of a specific example. A key part of great motion design is being subtle… Now that we are in the same mindset, here is my story and the value I want to share with you!
I’ve spent almost 5 years of my life on a design team that creates things you interact with everyday - iOS 7, iLife, 3D Touch, iOS 9, the new look of Siri, and more. When creating new features and showing my ideas to others, I did so with animation. Instead of designing static layouts and verbally explaining how they worked, I showed my ideas in motion.
Animation allows you to discover solutions that are often missed with Photoshop driven design. It’s the reason why so many cutting edge interfaces are powered by motion.
Do you want to master these new skills and create award winning apps? Never animated before, but want to jump ahead of the curve?
If so, this course on Motion Design from the Kinetic UI is for you! Check out a free preview of what is coming here.
Curious what the course will be like? Get a free preview! www.TheKineticStudio.com
What Exactly is Motion Design?
A common misunderstanding is that animation is a gloss layer, something added to a design after everything else is completed. You may be thinking:
“Oh yeah, I’ve seen those bouncing buttons. Not sure it’s really right for us.”
“I have a lot of code to write just get this app functional, spending hours on this fancy animation is a the bottom of my list.”
So, is it really just fun loading animations and bouncing buttons? Not at all! Motion Design is not just about animation. It is engrained in the UX/UI process. An animation has to mean something.
The idea is spreading. Apple, Google, Netflix, Uber and many more innovative companies are aggressively hiring motion designers. They know that motion is the future of user interface design. The way your objects move is just as important as the visual look of the objects themselves.
Key Benefits of Motion Design:
- Define your structure and interactions.
- Reveal hidden gestures
- Mask slow load times
- Establish your app and brand identity
- Provide users feed back of their actions
- Make your app stand out in a crowded app store
With the move toward flat simple designs, animation plays a key role in bringing your unique designs to life.
Making it Easy to Learn
There are few recourses available for aspiring motion designers. Most animation tutorials are extremely complex and focus on commercials and visual effects - not interface design. UI animations are completely different. They are simple, highly refined animations that communicate ideas to your user.
This course focuses solely on the ideas and technical skills needed to create beautiful and meaningful animations. It took me five years of school, $50k in tuition, six internships, and six years of professional work to learn Motion Design. This course will condense down all the most important points and can be completed in a week.
Kinetic UI Course - master these skills:
Learn how to get your ideas in motion within the first hour of starting the course project section. Prototyping will bring your ideas to life without spending days coding. This will allow you to catch flaws in your structure early on.
Create Without Limits
By prototyping in After Effects, the types of animations you can create are endless. Don’t let yourself be constrained by new prototyping tools that contain only a handful of animation presets. Create without limits.
Develop an eye for animation. Get the techniques to create beautiful animations your users will want to see over and over. Take these skills to any keyframe based animation tool.
Become a Rockstar DesignerThe secret to being ahead of the curve and increasing your value is presenting your ideas as polished animations. You no longer need to tell your team or clients what an action will look like - show them.
- 30+ original motion design lessons
- Best Practices for UI animations
- Over 2 hours of video tutorials
- After Effects Quick Start
- Clear, concise content
This course does not cover coding. Developing apps from raw code is a huge undertaking and is an entire multi month course on its own. This course covers the creative side of animation and UI design. We will, however, discuss how to communicate your ideas to developers and provide them with a blueprint for your animations.
TheKineticStudio.com - Get a free preview of the course
TheKineticUI.com - My new blog covering UI & Motion Design
AppAnimations.com - A gallery of interface animations to get you inspired for your next project
Contact me directly for information about live workshops. And feel free to check out my online portfolio at CraigDehner.com
Risks and challenges
This Motion Design course is already on its way to completion! Kickstarter funding will serve two purposes:
Heavily Discounted - support this project and get the course at a discounted price!
Additional Help - Funds will be used to hire editors, developers, and additional help to make this course absolutely amazing.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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