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Motion Design 101: A Kickstart Guide


The purpose course is to help you build a solid foundation as a Motion Designer. The foundation that we are talking about consists of core principles (design, communication, color, animation) as well as understanding the most effective process for creating work.

Motion Design 101

Learn the core principles of motion design

Course Format: On-Demand Training

Skill Level: Beginner

Materials: Ai, PSD & AE

Duration: ~3 hours

Prerequisites: None

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Entry level 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.

In-Depth Lectures

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.

Software Training

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.


What's inside?

Are you new to Motion Design and looking for a place to start? Then this online course is for you.

This is an overview of the motion design field. Our industry is a unique blend of design, animation and film. A motion designer must consider each of these disciplines to grow in their craft.

You need to learn the rules before you can break them. Design principles are tried and true in defining what makes for compelling visual images. Concepts like contrast, emphasis, variety, and many others, shape the foundation of design principles.

Animation is an art form all it’s own. The principles of animation are essential if you want to become an animator. Every animation school in the world would start their introductory class with 12 principles of animation.

Managing project files and staying organized is easy if you have a system in place. We’ll look at some simple ways to organize your production and create original films.

These are examples of projects from Michael’s portfolio. You’ll see full demo’s in creating design and animation with Adobe Illustrator and Adobe After Effects.

Your journey in motion design is just beginning and it’s a big world full of amazing resources. We want to make sure you know about some other top resources.


Michael Jones

Artist & Animator | CEO - Mograph Mentor

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.

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What students say about the course

This workshop has helped hundreds of motion designers launch their careers and improve as artists. We’ve got years worth of happy students who found this workshop to be the breakthrough they were looking for.

Featured Resources

Free animated textures, sound effects & project files

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Motion Design Toolkit

A volume of free elements, tools and project files to help your projects or help you learn. As a thank you to the motion design community. we’ve put together this free resource to help students jumpstart their projects.

This library contains custom paint builds, animated textures, sound effects, project files, storyboard templates and more. If you’re just starting out in Motion Design it can be helpful to have free animated elements that you can practice with or serve clients with.

You are totally free to use any of it in your personal or client work.


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Tons of content

Workflow tips & tricks
Project case studies
Lifetime access

Motion Design 101 with Michael Jones

The basics of design, animation and process.

  • Design principles
  • Animation principles
  • Tips and resources
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Have questions?

We’ve got you covered. Check out the answers below or visit the help center for anything else.

Why take Motion Design 101?

This course is designed to help guide motion design 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. 

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 online course is ready when you are. 

How long do I have access to the 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.

"Creativity is the last jobs frontier. As manual work gets automated away, creativity, entertainment and culture will create the jobs of the future."

- Michael Jones
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