Mo-Graph Mentor

(Student Interview) David Urbinati


1) Tell us a little bit about yourself. 

Hello. My name is David Urbinati and I’m a freelance motion designer located in West Palm Beach, FL. I graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering actually but was introduced to motion graphics in high school. Throughout college I kept up the hobby and even interned one summer for a small advertising agency doing motion graphics for clients. When I graduated, I decided to skip the job search for engineering and to do something visually creative specifically in my love of motion graphics. I worked with the same advertising agency I had interned at (it was much bigger at this point) as a motion designer for a year and a half and then recently decided that I would do better as a creative freelancing on my own. Music is also a big part of my life. I grew up playing the violin and also play the mandolin.

2) How did you find out about MoGraph Mentor and what made you interested in joining the program?

I found out about MoGraph mentor in my Vimeo feed from people that I was following. The promo video Michael made sold itself :) It was exactly what I was looking for. I had only ever worked as a motion designer inside a bubble of what I could find on the internet via tutorials to learn technical skills and learned design via lots of observation on my own. The opportunity to work with other students and be poured into by the mentors was exactly what I needed to grow. Even the name “MoGraph Mentor,” the mentor part, and all that it meant was almost like the phrase had been pulled out of my own mind.

3) What do you like best about MoGraph Mentor? Anything that can be improved?

What I like best about MoGraph Mentor is the community of designers learning from and sharing experience with each other. The projects we did in Class 1 were perfect for stretching the skills that were being taught and what I was wanting to improve. Michael’s feedback on my own work and other student’s work was very detailed and well thought out. The case studies we looked at in class and the resources on the website were awesome as well. In terms of what could be improved, I honestly don’t have any serious thoughts here. I loved everything about the program.

4) Do you feel like you have grown as a motion designer since joining the program?

I feel like I have grown a ton as a motion designer. I learned a lot of new things about the production process, design and animation, and things that I already knew were brought together nicely into what I feel is a complete understanding to fill in gaps I had of basic motion design principles.

5) Do you have any advice for future students?

My advice for future students is to make sure they have the time to dedicate to the program. Michael said many times that we were going to get out of the program what we put into it and I experienced that first hand with the projects I did. There’s no amount of perfect instruction that will transfer into one’s skill set through just association. You have to work hard if you want to maximize the results!

6) Any last comments about the program?

MoGraph Mentor is the perfect program for aspiring motion designers to improve their skills in the most effective and accessible way, other than a direct apprenticeship.


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