Michael Frederick – Design Kickstart



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Design Kickstart – you’ll take on industry-inspired projects while learning key design concepts that will elevate your design work right away. By the end of this course, you’ll have all of the foundational design knowledge necessary to start crafting storyboards that are motion ready.


  • Over 20 hours of video instruction
  • Podcast interviews and solo episodes
  • In-depth PDFs to support your learning

Master Design Fundamentals

Every Motion Designer needs to know how to design, and for more than just beautiful still images. You also need to know how to create compositions with motion in mind. If you’re looking to add this crucial skill to your toolkit, look no further than this course. You’ll learn important Design Principles and foundations by using them in projects that mimic real world client briefs, building your design knowledge while putting new techniques into practice right away. By the end of this course, you’ll have the foundations you need to further explore the depths of designing for motion.

This course is made with beginners in mind. By the end of it, you’ll know the design principles that every designer should understand. You’ll also be ready to move onto other courses, like Design Bootcamp, where you can put this foundational knowledge to the test.

Knowing how to use Photoshop and Illustrator for this course is an absolute must. You don’t need to know everything about the program, but having the basics down is necessary. If you haven’t used these programs before, check out our Photoshop and Illustrator Unleashed course where you’ll learn industry-standard tools and techniques to start creating artwork right away.

Course Curriculum

Week 1

Meet your classmates and get comfy with the course format. You’ll also get a taste of the Design Principles you’ll be learning in this course.

Week 2

This week you’ll be introduced to the very important role of contrast in composition through the use of positive and negative space.

Week 3

It’s time to dive deep into creating compositions that work as a series meant to be put into motion. You’ll explore how to put emphasis on important elements, and begin working with value and color.

Week 4

This week is a “focus week,” a chance to catch up on course work and material. You’ll also take a look at what it’s like to have design as your career.

Week 5

You’ll continue to refine your type setting skills with a complex typographical challenge. You’ll also get a lesson in simplicity by using simple shapes to communicate big ideas.

Week 6

It’s time to put your new design skills to the test by working on your final project. You’ll get to take a full set of boards from concept to finish, while picking up some helpful tips and tricks along the way.

Week 7 & 8

The final 2 weeks of class are Extended Critique. You can use this time to catch up, complete your final project, then turn it in for critique.

Your Instructor

Michael Frederick

Your fearless leader on this journey is Mike Frederick, an Emmy-Award winning Designer & Art Director who has been working in the field of Motion Design for over 20 years. His roster of advertising and broadcast clients is massive.


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