Whether your a seasoned motion graphics professional or an aspiring digital media student, it’s important to understand current industry trends. Whether you’re seeking some inspiration to jumpstart your creative process, scoping out the competition or procrastinating your next assignment, these five websites will take you down the motion graphics rabbit hole. Bookmark now– and consider yourself forewarned– these are addicting!
Searching for some motion graphics inspiration? Look no further.
5 Inspiring Motion Graphics Websites: Motionographer
Official bio: “Motionographer (pronounced like “oceanographer”) seeks to be a source of inspiration for filmmakers, animators and designers by sharing:
- outstanding work from studios, freelancers and students
- feature stories that give readers a closer look at influential studios and individuals
- commentary that sparks discussion or introspection about the creative process
- miscellaneous items that Motionographer contributors find interesting
Motionographer isn’t just about motion graphics. Inspiration can come from anywhere, and the Motionographer contributors hope to provide you with interesting material regardless of the medium in which it was created.”
Our take: Motionographer is “an all-volunteer organization run by professional artists, designers and directors in our spare time”– and clearly these passionate digital media pros never sleep because the site is constantly updated. It’s not the quantity of inspiring motion graphics reels that impresses us, but the level of quality work that the Motionographer team curates. Every once in a while, Motiongrapher also posts one-on-one interviews with professional motion graphics artists and commentary on the state of the industry (their article “Paying to Work for Free” prompted a lively discussion about the controversial topic of underpaid student labor in the industry).
5 Inspiring Motion Graphics Websites: Title Design Project
Official bio: The self-explanatory nature of Title Design Project’s subject allows its founder to get away with describing itself simply as a site “started by one person Mac guy. Husband.
One two small kids. Last full night’s sleep circa 2008.”
Our take: Dedicated to the best of title sequences, Title Design Project has a great format. It’s slick no-frills design focuses your attention on the variety of title sequence clips for film and television. Its word-heavy essay section is great for brushing up on this special niche of film history, plus, you can peruse a list of digital media designers and studios and links to their sites for more motion graphics inspiration.
5 Inspiring Motion Graphics Websites: Art of the Title
Official bio: “The leading online resource of title sequence design, spanning the film, television, conference, and video game industries. Featuring title design from countries around the world, we honor the creators and innovators who contribute to the field, discussing and displaying their work with a desire to explicate, facilitate, and instigate.”
Our take: We can’t say enough good things about Art of the Title. Featuring in-depth interviews with contemporary filmmakers, editors and motion graphics artists who work to create the opening title sequences of our favorite TV shows and films, along with long-form stories dedicated to historical title sequences, it’s easy to get engulfed in countless hours of video consumption. Tip: sort the view by Designers/Studios to get an idea of the breadth and depth of professionals in this high-demand industry.
5 Inspiring Motion Graphics Websites: From Up North
Official bio: “A design blog focusing on promoting and inspiring creatives all over the world, From Up North focuses on inspiration within graphic design, advertising, photography, illustration, web design, motion graphics, print and packaging.”
Our take: From Up North offers coverage on an array of the aforementioned creative subjects including tutorials, downloads and interviews, but its inspiration galleries are by far the most robust and interesting, especially its motion graphics section. Every year the From Up North team also compiles a nice “best of” roundup to represent the year’s finest creative work.
5 Inspiring Motion Graphics Websites: Vimeo
Official bio: “In 2004, Vimeo was founded by a group of filmmakers who wanted to share their creative work and personal moments from their lives. As time went on, likeminded people discovered Vimeo and helped build a supportive community of individuals with a wide range of passions. Today, millions of people from all around the world enjoy Vimeo, and we’re growing bigger every day. We hope this fun and friendly environment fuels your own creativity and inspires you to contribute to Vimeo in the ways that mean the most to you.”
Our take: Obviously you have been living under a rock if you haven’t yet heard of Vimeo (follow us here). A quick search for motion graphics reveals a slew of fresh work every day, but for the best curated work, we recommend joining motion graphics interest groups, like the one shown above called Creative League Motion.
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