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Our Six Favorite Motion Design Projects of the Month (Sept. 2019)

  • By Ryan Plummer
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The MoGraph community is inspired and prolific. The proof is in the Google search — and the groundbreaking submissions we receive each month.

We're always on the prowl for profound new motion designs and, as usual, you didn't disappoint in August 2019. Thank you!
This month we're featuring six of our favorite animations — some from well-known designers, others from up-and-comers.
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Welcome to The Age of No-Code

"Today, the world runs on code... and that's a problem."
Vancouver-based motion design and animation studio Ordinary Folk collaborated with Webflow to create an inspiring and informative video animation for the no-code website builder's November 2019 No Code Conference, "celebrating the future of visual development — and the makers behind the movement."

The Genesis of Deep Note

"Just about anyone who has been in a cinema, car, or live event knows the THX Deep Note."
First screened at the start of the 1983 premiere of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, this "deeply resonant chord" is "one of the most recognizable sonic identities in the world."
On Friday, August 20, 2019, THX Ltd. released the 2019 Deep Trailer, "Genesis," directed by one of the most significant figures in the VFX and motion graphics industry, Andrew Kramer of Video Copilot.
Listen with headphones to hear it in THX Spatial audio.
Now, go behind the scenes:

Creativity and Collaboration: The Source of Life

In episode 74 of the School of Motion Podcast, our guest Ryan Honey, co-founder and creative director of award-winning, design-driven creative production company Buck, focused on how creativity and collaboration influence the studio's culture.
While a seat at the Buck conference table is certainly coveted, creativity and collaboration represent a commonplace combination across the motion design industry.
This month, School of Motion alum Jacob Richardson, a Birmingham-based freelance 2D animator, champions both in his clever joint effort with acclaimed Spanish illustrator Enisaurus.

Isolation... A Staff Pick

"Undeniably witty and to be honest, a bit too real" - Motionographer
As you may have experienced, the life of a motion designer is not always action packed. In fact, it can be quite monotonous, fine-tuning a movement, scrolling Instagram for inspiration or appealing to potential clients — even for the experienced and industry recognized.
North Carolina-based multidisciplinary designer, art director and animator James Tupper offers "a glimpse into the isolating world of a freelance motion designer" in his latest Vimeo Staff Pick.
Need a lift? Don't worry, we get it. The "Freelance" case study — on how James progressed from initial idea to finished work — might get you going.

'Live Life Love Lunch!'

Food is fuel, and we all need to eat.
So, whether you spend your midday break waiting on a lunch line, behind your desk with a homemade sandwich, sleepily sliding off a comfy couch, or people-watching in the park, you can probably relate to this animated video on "that precious hour that sits between two rather dry slices of 'work-bread.'"
Lunch break is colorful, fast paced and fun; award-winning London-based animation studio Animade hits all the marks.

Aicy, You See

Go, go gradients!
Australia's Flatwhite Motion, a design-driven creative studio specializing in animation and motion graphics, has unveiled a new sound- and design-forward animation for the Aicy Assistant on Flyme 8 OS from Meizu.

Something for Us to See

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Something to Inspire

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There's nothing more inspiring than hearing from your heroes, and this greater than 250-page ebook features insights from 86 of the world's most prominent motion designers, answering key questions like:
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  2. What is a common mistake that new motion designers make?
  3. What’s the difference between a good motion design project and a great one?
  4. What’s the most useful tool, product or service you use that’s not obvious to motion designers?
  5. Are there any books or films that have influenced your career or mindset?
  6. In five years, what’s one thing that will be different about the industry?
Get the insider's scoop from Nick Campbell (Greyscalegorilla), Ariel Costa, Lilian Darmono, Bee Grandinetti, Jenny Ko (Buck), Andrew Kramer (Video Copilot), Raoul Marks (Antibody), Sarah Beth Morgan, Erin Sarofsky (Sarofsky), Ash Thorp (ALT Creative, Inc.), Mike Winkelmann (AKA Beeple), and others:
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