“My biggest piece of advice for designers new to web animation is shooting a video before everything else. You’ll get the sense of how a motion picture is being created. Then, master Adobe After Effects or Final Cut Pro to cut what you’ve shot and to work with the timeline. This way, you’ll get all the basics of creating a picture.”

Dribbble.com (a social media website for designers) just came out with their international design survey. It′s a really interesting read if you work in this space, so I thought I′d condense it for you here via the blog.

With that said, though, I strongly encourage you to head over to their website and download the full report for yourself. Click the button below or continue on to read the condensed version.

Find out how you stack up against others.

About the survey

From January 7–February 24, 2019, 17,107 design professionals completed the 50-question survey created by Dribbble.com. To quote Dribbble, this equates to a, “99% confidence level with < 1% margin of error.”

They go on to say that, “this data has given us a plethora of information to better serve our community and propel the design industry forward.”

The report goes into many areas, such as salaries, career trends and whether the designers learned by themselves, in school or on the job. I′ll just concentrate on what I consider to be the question of most general interest, below.

Which skills do designers want to learn?

“Designers defined the most critical skills that they want to learn in the next 2-3 years to stay relevant in their design fields.”

Motion design comes out on top, which is of course means that I let out a rather feminine squeal when I read that. But that′s not the full story, of course.

Designers are adaptable and curious critters. We bob and weave with our tools in order to deliver what projects demand. If a job requires that we learn a new tool, we′ll head over to YouTube to learn the fundamentals and perservere with it.

This question is revealing because we get to see that the career path of the modern designer doesn′t subscribe to the convention of learning a single discipline and forever staying in that vertical. Rather, in the modern world it′s increasingly more accurate to label designers as hybrids rather than separate by the area of expertise they first entered the workforce with.

Motion design may have been voted the number #1 skill to learn among the Dribbble community, but these are artists currently working in logo design, or illustration, or web design.

As for new entrants into design, I have a feeling motion design will stay in strong demand. If only based on the increased use of web video as bandwidth improves around the world. But rather than After Effects picking up the demand, new software will draw the attention of designers. In particular, web apps like Figma and Rive.app, assigning titles to people like UX and interaction designer. The wind of change here revolves around the relentless drive to create new and interesting forms of media online.

After Effects is still king, though. Case-in-point: the success of BodyMovin, an extension for AE which exports animations to SVG for use on the web. I toyed with it recently and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to use.

Let′s wrap up here. In the spirit of design now being multidisciplinary, let me paraphrase the popular scene in Alice in Wonderland for readers that are just becoming designers themselves:

“If you don′t know where you′re going, any road will get you there.”

There′s only one thing you need: a little helping of curiosity.

Before you sign off, if you′re not a Dokyu customer yet we′re ready to welcome you with open arms!

Did you know? A template product like Dokyu is actually great for learning motion design, it′s not just for creating public content. Getting hands-on can be a more effective way to learn versus watching tutorials or listening to someone explain ideas.

Anyway, have a good day and I hope you′ll decide to invest in Dokyu to help you get more attention online…

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