Val Head

Designer and Web Animation Consultant

Clearleft Says

Val Head is a long term friend of Clearleft, and runs an excellent podcast on animation with Cennydd Bowles. Animation is fast becoming a critical part of the modern product designers toolkit, and is definitely one of the big trends for 2016/17. As such we think this workshop is going to be the surprise hit of the event. You have been warned!

Fri 20 May, 2016, 14:00

Motion Prototyping Essentials

Motion design is becoming a core skill for interaction designers. Across both web and native products, teams are realising the power of motion to engage, delight, and communicate.

Dozens of new tools are emerging to support motion work, but you already have one that’s both simple and surprisingly powerful: Keynote.

In this workshop, you’ll learn the basics of motion design theory, from Disney’s classic 12 principles, through the physics of motion, to coordinating and choreographing your motion patterns across an entire product experience.

You'll then practice bringing these fundamentals into your own work using Keynote as a prototyping platform. Exercises throughout the session will cover how to scale, fade, resize, and rotate on the fly, how to transition seamlessly between two states, and how to create motion curves that go beyond drab linear motion to feel more engaging and natural.

You’ll emerge with the ability to bring your designs to life, and start providing motion prototypes that excite your colleagues and improve your products.

Please note: if you're attending this session, you should bring... a laptop with Keynote installed on it (but don't worry, it's not essential - you'll still be able to follow along without!)

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About Val Head

Val is a designer and web animation consultant with a talent for getting designers and developers alike excited about the power of animation. She is the author of The Pocket Guide to CSS Animations, and the upcoming Designing Interface Animations on Rosenfeld Media.

She shares her passion for web animation as the host of the All The Right Moves screencast, co-host of the Motion and Meaning podcast, and curating the UI Animation Newsletter.

A proud supporter of the web community, she co-founded the Web Design Day conference and runs Pittsburgh’s Girl Develop It Chapter. Val leads workshops at companies and conferences around the world on motion design for the web and loves every minute of it.

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