A Chinese girl talking about social media

Hi whoever is reading this, this is my first blog, welcome welcome.

In case you want to learn more about me, I am a designer based in New York currently working at a startup, with my background in digital interactive art. I soaked in art and design for almost half of my life. Until this year, I started to care more about things happening in the world, I want to have a deeper and broader perspective.

Illustration by Danqi Qian

This question has been in my head for quite a while after knowing people who completely don’t…

Hi, all!
Here is the final tutorial I made for the Motion Designer position assignment.

Here is my process documentation:

00 Assignment details

Please create a short (target 30 seconds) video that matches the Figma brand. Use your time strategically to demonstrate strong motion graphics skills, but use content like screen recording when appropriate and to speed up your workflow. The video should teach:

  • How to install a Figma plugin of your choice
  • What the plugin does (or doesn’t do)
  • How to use the plugin
  • Why the plugin is valuable to the viewer

00 How I finished the assignment generally

  1. Understand my role, the content and my goal
  2. Understand…

Flesh Digressions Demo

I first tried this model to generate this gradient-ish and abstract video.

Then I tried another notebook that generates a smoother one:

This is the first time I try to make art with GANs, the first thing I put is a poster with models: Kandinsky and Pollock.

I prefer Kandinsky, you can tell the information is more clear. Pollock has more styling.

For the final project, I want to make a ig event motion tool, because there are a lot of art events post in my feed every day, I see almost 80% of them use motion to promote or introduce themselves. For professional art studios, they have hired motion designers to design social media feed, but for non profit organizations, local business, university clubs/events, they might not have the specific person or enough time to do the work.

So I want to make a motion tool for them to generate gifs, hopefully it looks like this eventually.

I did some research…

Collective Poster Making Experience



I’m really obsessed with glitchy typeface, and also the kinetic effect, they all look like a typography performance to me. I really want to learn the technique to implement this and make it crazier.

I’m interested to expand this experience to multiple users they make some glitchy fonts then put them in a empty canvas like putting stamps on an envelope.

I’m debating to either divide the experience to two parts, first invite users to create their own performance actors, then they can enter the stage where everyone’s cursor is the kinetic typefaces animation, or they can first send them…

What is your concept?

I recently really into motion design and also creating immersive environment with Unreal. I’m trying to find a way to combine these two elements together, hoping to create a new way of narrative in virtual environment.
I’m inspired by this film that is applying paint on human face which later be replaced by video materials. I know green screen is not a new way to insert premade videos, but this piece shows some potentials of integrating that with interactions. …

I followed paint tutorials this week, and my goal is to understand them. So I didn’t really create much creative stuff this week, since I’m also so occupied with other midterms.

I will spend more time next week!

Midterm proposal

Random words in random shapes.

Ideal effect

Danqi Qian

Motion designer now pursuing master degree @ ITP NYU.

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