This post is dedicated to my workflow and techniques on 2d/3d motion graphics animations.  I hope there are some good take aways about process and technique for you.

-Pre-Production, Software & Workflow


-Light Bulb Shatter


-Text Animation


-Box Transform

If you have a request for breakdown on a shot or technique that isn't covered, i'd be happy to add one.

Thanks for checking it out, hope it was useful.


# Loïc 2012-09-26 15:31
Thank you ! It's very inspiring and very useful !!
# michael jones 2012-09-26 17:43
Glad it was useful. Thanks
# Harry Mitchell 2012-09-26 17:27
I watched these all this mourning.

Thank you so much, there was some really useful techniques in these.
# michael jones 2012-09-26 17:40
Thanks for the comment, and im glad you got something out of it.
# jonathan 2012-09-26 18:53
Thanks for sharing your tricks!
# Nikc 2012-09-26 18:58
This is essential viewing! Best tut series I've seen all year. Love this style of motion graphics...
# Charlie 2012-09-27 14:37
That was incredibly well done! Really fluid and unique, nice to see some really different effects and animations!

I can't wait to watch the rest of the videos once I get back from class.
# Philip White 2012-09-27 18:40
Thank you for such a great series of videos!

I have a few questions -

1. How long does it typically take for you to illustrate an infographic and then animate it?

At work it can take a week for illustration and another week for animation - bearing in mind we jump between projects etc

2. The transitions between style-frames are presumably created in AE right?

Do you also storyboard these / break these down for your clients too? (I think I read 'transition' on your PDF example so please excuse me if you did cover it)

3. For more 'advanced' objects like the pair of glasses, is this still illustrated in Illustrator?

I sometimes find it easier to use a C4D model and render this out with Sketch and Toon for example and then put it into Illustrator (perhaps that isn't the most efficient way of doing things)

4. At 00:48 into the infographic (the weak become strong) - the left-hand white layer feels very organic - how do you achieve such a transition / wobble - Is it perhaps the puppet tool?

Apologies for asking so many questions - I've been dealing with Infographics for a few weeks and this is the best resource I've found!

Kind regards :)
# michael jones 2012-09-27 19:48
Hey Phillip,

Thanks for the questions.

1. This specific piece took 4 weeks, concept to completion.
2. The transitions are done in AE. I will plan out as many as i can in pre-production, but sometimes i just wing it with whatever flows well.
3. Love the idea of c4d renders for illustrated objects. I love vector, because i can do a lot of zooming/scaling up and down and the resolutions stay sharp.
4. That was done by animating a mask, using reference for arcs and spacing. But its just frame by frame animation.

Thanks again for the questions, hope that helps.
# Craig Barker 2012-09-28 10:32
Thanks again for sharing your workflow. Keep them coming!
# tinka 2012-10-01 22:18
nice tutorial.

On the Pre-Production, Software & Workflow
video you are yo Mentioned scripts for layers distribution.

well no need for script:
in illustrator select the layer you want to distribute,clic k on the dropdown menu in the layers panel and choose "release to layers and your done
# BoBo 2012-10-03 17:15
Awesome breakdowns, I am happy to see other designers workflows. I hope you keep up with the tutorials.

Great job!
# BoBo 2012-10-03 17:52
your text treatment with the color background using masks is genius!
# Destro 2012-10-10 00:42
Excellent tutorial man. I have found your videos to be inspiring and helpful. Thanks.
# Philz 2012-10-17 01:41
Great job on the project and the tuts! Keep it up bro...You Inspire!!!
# Dan Fassnacht 2012-10-22 21:54
Hi Mike,

Your stuff is always helpful and insightful. The process stuff, I feel is always over looked and such an important part, thanks for sharing!


# Jonathan 2012-10-23 08:38
your work is amazing keep it up
# JW Zegelaar 2012-10-30 19:23
Great stuff! Long time ago that I learned so much in one tutorial!
# Andrea 2012-11-18 08:29
Your work and this tutorial inspired me so much!!

Thank you so much for for putting these up!
# Miles 2012-12-13 16:21
Great tutorial, I found it very helpful! Any idea how you would animate the letter "S"

# Katzi 2013-01-07 20:12
Thanks so much for posting! Such a great infographic and I really appreciate the tutorials! I tried the text animation and I loved the way it turned out! Thanks again! Can't wait to see the next project
# Rasmus Jürs 2013-01-11 14:30
Great videos. Nice to see something other than particles and 3d stuff for a change. Keep that up!

I have done similar effects like the box transform. On those i used the corner pin effect to animate the corners with individual keyframes.
# Guilherme 2013-01-31 00:00
this is great material! you are such a nice person to use your time to share some of your magic. keep up the amazing work!
# sawa_mac 2013-02-15 10:02
Thanks soo much for sharing. It's been very informative. I love these infographic animations but have never approached one because of their complexity. Your videos make me wanna try.
# Loïc 2013-03-14 10:35
Are you also created the sound design? The sound effects and music are perfectly matched ! It's so hard to find great audio resources.
# Francisco152 2013-04-21 11:18
Awesome man! thanks!
# Pakman 2013-09-21 18:31
Hey Michael, your work is amazing. I've recently started learning how to create infographic with AE.

One question regarding to the white box transforming. How did you create the effect that gives the curvy motions to the white box next to the quote "The week become Strong" ?

It looks really organic and cool and I really want to learn it!!


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