Motion Graphics Studio

Startups, Agencies and Enterprise teams alike rely on Superside to create and improve their various motion graphics projects that are on-brand, well researched and turned around lighting fast. Use Superside’s motion graphics studio to enhance your website, digital campaigns, collateral and presentations.

Being an entirely remote team with employees across 57 countries, we are always-on and ready to go

  • Animated Digital Advertising Graphics

    Animated digital advertising is an effective way to increase brand awareness and to help sell a product, service, attract new clients and transform your business.

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  • Animated Social Media

    Animated Social Media Graphics to increase brand awareness, engage your followers and grow your business.

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  • Animated Presentations

    Make your presentations come alive and engage your audience. Add a logo build, title and text/copy animation as well as image and slide transitions. Simplify complex information with animated infographics, graphs & tables, and many other objects in your PowerPoint presentation.

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  • Animated Logo Builds and Reveals

    A logo build can bring a brand to life in an engaging way. An animation is often spiced up by sound effects and subtle music which makes it a more dynamic way to start (intro) or end (outro) a video.

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  • Animated Explainer Videos

    Create animated videos that combine visuals, audio, and messaging to create a fast paced, stylized overview of a product, service, initiative or brand.

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  • Video Editing

    Our Video editing service can edit existing video footage and provide top quality videos for promoting business services, products, training and events.

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Superside's Motion Graphics Showreel

Superside been tackling motion design projects for brands like Puma, Twitch Prime and Toyota, but now all our customers can make use of this new capability! If you're a marketer, sales or product leader, you already know that motion graphics are shown to improve digital ad performance and increase engagement on social media, amongst other benefits.
The Superside team did a great job with our video ad. They came through on-time and on-budget with creativity and enthusiasm.SEALED
Ali Adler, VP Marketing

Take a look at some of our Motion Design Studio work

Scalable and reliable design for busy and growing teams

  • Top international designers

    Top international designers

    Dedicated team made up of verified super talent from around the world.

  • Fast turnarounds

    Fast turnarounds

    We’re always-on with the ability to do 12- or 24-hour turnarounds.

  • Fully-managed

    Fully-managed

    A reliable, battle-tested and fully managed process that scales with your needs.

  • Accurate pricing

    Accurate pricing

    Predictably-priced and 30% more affordable than agencies or the fully loaded costs of in-house staff.

  • Trained on brand guidelines

    Trained on brand guidelines

    On-brand designs only through training on your company brand, audience and objectives.

  • Built for enterprise

    Built for enterprise

    An out-of-the-box solution built for enterprise teams with security and confidentiality in mind.

What is Motion design, why should you care and the 12 principles of animation

Below we outline the details of motion design as well as the thinking and principles that our talented Motion Designers and Design Directors apply to every motion project.

First, what is Motion Design?

  • Motion design is a subset of graphic design in that it uses graphic design principles in an animation or video production context
  • Motion design is used as a richer way to communicate with the viewer and add depth to the story and/or message in the form of motion graphics
  • Through exceptional combination of motion, graphic design and sound, a perfect marriage of Motion Design is created

How is Motion Design typically used?

  • Motion design takes a variety of forms, while some are entirely animated, others incorporate video footage
  • The latter may include animation overlay, such as data visualizations, icons, illustrations, and explanatory text used to complement and enhance audiences' understanding of the content
  • Explainer motion graphics seek to educate on a product, process, or concept
  • Emotive motion graphics, meanwhile, aims to inspire a particular emotional response in audiences
  • Promotional motion graphics are used to raise awareness about a service, product, or initiative

Why does Motion Design matter?

Motion design increases engagement and boosts marketing and storytelling efforts.

  • Motion is attention grabbing and we’re wired to notice it, when paired with great writing, storytelling and visuals, motion design can lead to significantly higher performance
  • Motion content receives technical boosts in algorithms for social media feeds and search engines
  • Video increases the amount of time spent on a page dramatically, 96% of consumers find videos helpful when shopping
  • Motion vs static ad tests across Facebook, Instagram and Amazon saw on average 1.5x more clicks on motion ads compared to static
  • Marketing campaigns see an increase in revenue 49% faster
  • Emails with videos have a 200 – 300% higher click-through rate

The 12 principles of Motion Design and Animation

In 1981, two top Disney animators wrote what many consider to be the bible of animation, “The Illusion of Life”. Compiling the expertise of Disney animators since the 1930s, this book set out to give animators a solid foundation for their craft, addressing areas like replicating real-world physics, emotional expression and character design. At the heart of the book are the “12 basic principles of animation.” While this list of best practices was intended for traditional animation, most still hold up just as strong today

1. Squash and stretch:

This is one of the most important principle. It gives the object a sense of weight and flexibility. The object becomes ‘Organic’ and in motion design, it also emphasizes the path of the motion. A sense of speed can also be achieved by stretching the object.

Think of a how a rubber ball squashes when hitting the ground versus how a bowling ball doesn’t.

2. Anticipation:

In real life, people and things don’t just move suddenly and without warning. Before someone throws a punch, they wind up their arm; before they jump, they bend their knees.

If an animation happens without an anticipating action, it may seem too sudden and jarring—in other words, fake.

3. Staging:

Staging is simply the arrangement or placement of an object to draw the audience’s attention. It’s important to guide the viewer’s eye and draw attention to what’s important within the scene.

This principle is borrowed from theater: staging is where the actors are placed on stage for maximum effect. From the audience’s perspective, actions in the front of the stage seem more significant than those in the back.

4. Straight ahead vs. pose-to-pose:

When the straight ahead  technique is used, each action is drawn frame-by-frame from start to finish. It’s good for animation which is unpredictable, fluid and realistic movements.

With the pose to pose approach, you draw the beginning and the end of each pose, and a few key frames in-between. Then you go back to fill in the rest. Most computerized animation uses the pose-to-pose approach since the computer generates the “inbetweens.”

5. Follow through and overlapping:

These refer to two different, but related, principles for capturing realism. “Follow through” deals with inertia, and the concept that when a body in motion stops movement, some parts continue to follow through. “Overlapping action” refers to how different parts of an object move at different rates—when we walk, our left side and our right side do their own things and are rarely in perfect sync.

6. Slow in and slow out:

Slow In and Slow Out illustrates the tendency of things to come to rest, or to start moving, in a progressive way. Think about how a car starts up and stops. It will start moving slowly, before gaining momentum and speeding up. The reverse will happen when the car stops. In animation, this illusion is attained by adding more frames at the beginning and end of an action.

7. Arc:

In an attempt to create more natural movement, motion should be in an arc trajectory. Most objects in the real world tend to move in arcs. Creating motion along arc trajectories may seem obvious, but if forgotten, the animation will seem slightly “off.”

8. Secondary action:

When part of an object moves, usually other parts move as well. When you walk down the street, you don’t keep your head and eyes fixed directly ahead; you look around, nod, blink, etc. These secondary actions can make the animation seem more lifelike.

9. Timing:

Adding frames slows it down, removing them speeds it up. Animators are particularly conscious of this as a way to communicate things like weight, agility or even personality in the case of facial expressions. Keep the timing or real objects in mind.

10. Exaggeration:

Animation allows artists to exaggerate real life for effect. Using exaggeration helps get the exact amount of personality and action you want.

11. Solid drawing:

Drawing its name from solid geometry, solid drawing means accounting for three dimensional space. Especially when dealing with 2D variants of animation, it can be easy to forget about all three dimensions. In particular, The Illusion of Life warns against creating characters whose left and right sides are identical. Such oversights can dispel the immersion.

12. Appeal:

Subjects of animation should have an appeal to make them worth watching. It could be something basic like a bright color, or something more creative like wide Anime eyes.  The point is that it should look interesting and unique to make it worthwhile.

Hassle-free design starts here

Superside is an always-on design company that makes design frictionless and hassle-free for marketing, sales, creative and product design teams. This means top quality designs at lightning fast speeds, improved velocity and go-to-market and completely secure and confidential file sharing and collaboration.

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- How Superside works
- A first look at the Superside platform
- The most suitable subscription plan for you

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