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Cinema 4D Animator / Motion Graphics Animation Fixed-price ‐ Posted 5 days ago

$200
Fixed-price

Intermediate
Experience level

We seek a skilled Motion Graphics Designer to create a captivating 1-minute video for an application reveal at a show. The video must f…

Motion Graphics Adobe After Effects Maxon Cinema 4D
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Motiongraphics work Fixed-price ‐ Posted 5 days ago

$100
Fixed-price

Expert
Experience level

Need motiongraphics for Podcast Package 1 Intro of Program 1 Lowerthird 1 Broll slide 1 Logo animation reveal It has to design from…

Motion Graphics Adobe After Effects Adobe Premiere Pro
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$50
Fixed-price

Expert
Experience level

We have about 10-15 dashboard and simple graphics that are static. We need a creative motion graphist to take them and turn them into a…

Motion Graphics Adobe After Effects
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$260
Fixed-price

Intermediate
Experience level

Hi, I am looking for an EXTREMELY high quality Youtube editor who is able to create incredible content that will keep thousands, milli…

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30+ hrs/week
Hours needed

3 to 6 months
Duration

Expert
Experience level

We are seeking a talented and Motion Graphics Designer to join our team for a project with a renowned Korean beauty company. This role…

Motion Graphics Blender
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$150
Fixed-price

Expert
Experience level

Ideal Professional Profile for Animated VSL Creation Expectations and Deliverables: We are seeking a highly creative and technical pro…

Motion Graphics Adobe Premiere Pro Adobe After Effects Animation
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Video Creation for Brand Showcase Fixed-price ‐ Posted 5 days ago

$200
Fixed-price

Intermediate
Experience level

We are seeking a skilled and creative video creator to produce a captivating video that showcases our brand and highlights the reasons…

Motion Graphics Video Commercial Adobe After Effects
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Desktop video and Motion Graphics Hourly ‐ Posted 4 days ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

3 to 6 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

Busco editor desktop con habilidad de motion graphics para contratación mensual

Motion Graphics Adobe Photoshop Adobe Premiere Pro Animation Adobe After Effects
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Motion Graphics Artist for testimonial video Hourly ‐ Posted 3 days ago

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Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

Hi there! I'm looking for a resolutive, professinal and creative after effects expert to create a testimonial video. I've recorded a b…

Motion Graphics Adobe Illustrator Adobe Photoshop Animation Adobe After Effects Explainer Video Music Video Testimonial Video
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Animate and video edit an ad Fixed-price ‐ Posted 3 days ago

$20
Fixed-price

Expert
Experience level

Hello guys! I want an EXPERT in animation/motion graphics/ captions style to do an ad video for me. First, I need you to have fast w…

Motion Graphics Video Commercial Adobe Premiere Pro Adobe After Effects
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Motion Graphics Designers on Upwork
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How to Become a Motion Graphics Designer

In this digital age, motion graphics have become an essential component in dynamic media. A motion graphic is a shorter piece of animation that entertains or imparts information. Today motion graphics are used in various contexts, including advertising creative, movie titles, news broadcasting, social media posts, and website UX design. In this article, you’ll learn about what a motion graphics designer does, what kind of capabilities you need to become a professional motion graphics designer, and whether you should get a degree, training, or certification to thrive in this career.

What does a Motion Graphics Designer do?

A motion graphic designer is a person who creates custom graphics, title sequences, kinetic typography, bespoke illustrations, and animations for a diverse array of media that facilitates effective knowledge transfer. As a motion graphics designer, you’ll also be responsible for designing engaging motion graphics for video deliverables (like film projects and event promotions) and for encoding and editing videos, as well as adding effects to enhance motion graphics.

Motion graphic designers usually work with content and creative teams to thoroughly understand project scope and objectives. They play an active role in contributing to collaborative brainstorms and concept development. Senior motion graphics designers may even be required to support the Director of Media with internal and external activity to promote the department’s products or services.

What skills do I need to become a Motion Graphics Designer?

Motion graphics designer skills may vary from project to project. Below are some of the essential skills that motion graphics designers need in order to excel in this career path:

  • Ability to solve an array of challenges through visual design
  • Demonstrated skills using design software and technologies, particularly Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop
  • Experience with video editing software, such as Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro for interactive video content and visual effects (VFX)
  • Technical skills, like Cinema 4D, are desirable (with basic 3D modeling and texturing skills)
  • An in-depth understanding of the principles of motion and the ability to tell stories and communicate visually
  • Able to work within brand guidelines and create original looks and styles (design, layout, typography, and color theory)
  • Ability to comprehend and uphold brand style guidelines, producing work of a suitable style
  • Fundamental knowledge of Autodesk Maya is a plus
  • Soft skills, including a high level of creativity, efficiency while working on multiple projects simultaneously, and an eagerness to collaborate across disciplines with team members at all levels
  • Self-starter with the ability to work independently and collaborate with a team
  • Conceptual thinker and visual problem solver
  • Highly organized in workflow and post-production processes

What are the core Motion Graphics Designer job responsibilities?

The day-to-day job responsibilities of a motion graphics designer include:

  • Work with illustrators, designers, and instructional designers to understand the project scope and objectives
  • Assist in the creation of animation storyboards and design 2D and 3D animation video
  • Produce scripts to translate a brief or supplied messaging into an effective narrative
  • Support internal marketing and sales activities to promote the company, such as creating animations for social media and the company website
  • Edit pre-recorded videos for upload to video platforms, such as Vimeo and YouTube, and ensure synchronization of frames and audio
  • Design internal communications and templates for presentations and newsletters
  • Participate in the conceptual phases of the project life cycle, including ideation of how to align written scientific content with available time and resources to bring the most exciting outcomes to client projects
  • Work with art and creative teams to understand project scope and objectives, and actively contribute to the creative brainstorm/development process.

Should I get a Motion Graphics Designer degree or certification?

Earning a degree or a professional certification may help you stand out:

  • Bachelor's degree in graphic design, web design, marketing, fine arts, or a related field
  • Online tutorials like ‘Introduction to Adobe After Effects: Getting Started with Motion Graphics’ and ‘Introduction to Cinema 4D: A Beginner's Animation Guide’ are great sources for learning motion graphics

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