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Animated Typefaces with Animography

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Learn how to set up your files in order to create powerful and flexible typographic systems

Animated Typefaces with Animography

There are a lot of digital screens in our lives today. From smartphones to Billboards. And with it comes large demand for typography in motion design. Often because the content is consumed without audio.

In this course, you'll learn how to create an animated typeface within After Effects. You can type with it, just like any other typeface. But it has the added bonus of motion. It takes some effort to animate but once finished, you can apply it over and over again to quickly create consistent and powerful typographic content. Great as a personal project, and even better to sell to your clients as part of their motion branding.

What is this course about?

Required Software
Adobe After Effects CC18+

I am the founder of Animography, a type-foundry for animated typefaces. Since the start of Animography in 2010, I've been constantly experimenting with animated typefaces, together with type-designers, motion-designers and developers. Over the years we have created a flexible setup within After Effects that allows you to type with motion.

This resulted in our own collection of animated typefaces, and bespoke work for clients such as Nike, Adidas, NatWest Bank, Philadelphia 76'ers, Brewdog, The Game Awards and others.

Join me in this course to explore the intersection of typography and motion-design.

About the author

Hi I'm James Curran aka SlimJim Studios

Hi! I'm Jeroen Krielaars!

Course Curriculum

What will I learn
in Animated Typefaces?

We'll start off by laying a basic foundation without even touching After Effects. I'll show you the tools we will use, and explain how to approach your project as a modular design system. I will also cover some typography lingo that you might not be familiar with, to make sure we speak the same language.

• Course outline;
• Overview of the tools we will be using;
• Motion design theory;
• Essential typography lingo.
Create a Basic Animated Typeface
To get familiar with the process, we will create a very simple animated typeface. There will be lots of room to experiment and add your own style. This lesson is all about getting to know the setup of an animated typeface.

• Creating a typeface template;
• Animating the typeface;
• Using precomps;
• Adding kerning & metrics;
• Adding stylistic alternates;
• Using your own font.
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Add Controllers
By adding controllers, you can easily customize the color and other features of your animated typeface. In this lesson, you'll learn how to use expressions and expression controls to create a flexible system.

• Create basic controllers;
• Mark controller expressions;
• Duplicate controllers;
• Better controllers with Pseudo Effects.
Improve Your Workflow
Work faster, smarter and with more precision. I'll show you my most valuable tips, tricks and tools for working with vectors and expressions.

• Using Overlord to switch between Illustrator and After Effects;
• Best practices for clean vector shapes;
• Recommended scripts to automate your workflow and save time.
Typeface Breakdowns
In this lesson, we will pick apart some of the most popular typefaces from our collection. Learn how and why they were made in this specific way.

• Breakdown of Prota;
• Breakdown of Vesterbro;
• Breakdown of Fat Frank;
• Breakdown of Zercon.
Create a Complete Animated Typeface
You'll apply all the know-how you learned in the previous lessons to create an animated typeface in your own style. This time it will be complete with built-in controllers, a large character set, kerning and stylistic alternates.

In this lesson, I'll guide you step by step from start to finish. Along the way you'll be checking off each part of the process from a checklist, so you can monitor your progress.
Export to the JSX-format
Take it to the next level and convert your animated typeface to the JSX format. This unlocks an even more flexible way of applying your typeface because all the design and animation is stored in a folder outside of After Effects (just like normal fonts). This allows you to apply it to any project without having to import anything.

This lesson requires compCode and is totally optional.
Create Typographic Loops
Now that your animated typeface is finished, it's time to have some fun with it. In this lesson, I will show you how to make 4 different typographic loops. 3 of them are made in After effects, but for the final one, we will take a trip to Cinema 4D.


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What are the course benefits?
Our goal is to make your journey to motion design as comfortable as possible so we prepared some cool features
Free updates
Once you finish the Animated Typefaces course, you will continue receiving new tutorials and updates. Isn't that awesome?
Study wherever you go
Even though we recommend using a desktop computer or a laptop, you can study on any device. But you will still need a laptop or a desktop computer for practice.
One of a kind support
We have a live chat support for you. It may not be a 24/7 support, but it's still real help.
You will be invited to the members-only private community of motion designers from around the world on Facebook. It's a whole bunch of people that you will have a lot in common with.
100% money back guarantee
If you're disappointed for whatever reason, you'll get every cent back within 14 days after the purchase. Only applies to the purchase of the course with no discount coupon applied.
Student and location discounts
Not-so-good exchange rate? (i.e. India/Brazil). get in touch to get a coupon. Student? Email us from your student email or attach your student ID.

What do our students say?

You will study from animators and Motion Designers from around the globe. Each of them is a professional in their own field, seasoned in production studios, freelance projects with big brands and stock footages. And right, we are also sweet.

Animated Typefaces with Animography
  • Add motion to any typeface in After Effects
  • Learn how to create built-in controllers, kerning, stylistic alternates and all that good stuff
  • Quickly create consistent and powerful typographic content
  • Great as a personal project, and even better to sell to your clients as part of their motion branding

Animated Typefaces with Animography

Learn how to set up your files in order to create powerful and flexible typographic systems.

Basic ?

You’ve already started taking the first steps in the sphere and have a basic understanding of the work principles of this soft.

100% money back guarantee

If unhappy with the course, you can request a refund within 14 days after the purchase and get every cent back. Courses purchased before the actual starting date refund can be requested up to 14 days after the first lesson becomes available. Note: not applicable if purchased with a discount coupon

Frequently asked questions

Will this course work for me if I know nothing about After Effects?
This course is created for people who already have some experience of working in After Effects. If you're a total After Effects beginner we recommend to complete our After Effects Fundamentals course first.
Where can I find After Effects?
You can find After Effects here: It will be enough to work with the trial version for some time, but we highly recommend buying a license.
What system requirements are needed for After Effects to run smoothly?

  • Intel® Core™2 Duo or AMD Phenom® II processor; 64-bit support required
  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 with Service Pack 1, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. See the CS6 FAQ for more information about Windows 8 support.*
  • 4 GB of RAM (8 GB recommended)
  • 3 GB of available hard-disk space; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash storage devices


  • Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • macOS v10.6.8 or higher
  • 4 GB of RAM (8 GB recommended)
  • 4 GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash storage devices)
Are there any discounts?
If no presale or discount activities are happening, you can get in touch with us to receive a -$50 coupon. We provide coupons for countries with not so good exchange rates and for students.

We consider a country with a not so good exchange rate if the currency rate is more than $1 to 10 units of local currency. For example, 10.5 Botswana Pula equals $1. If your county currency rate is lower 1:10 then we do not consider your county as a country with a not so good exchange rate.

We consider you a student if you have a valid student email address (@***.edu) and/or a valid student ID. Please either write to us from your student email or attach a picture of your student ID, so that we can verify your student status.

Please double check if there are no presale, sales or discount activities happening as we do not provide coupons during these periods.
Can I get a refund?
If you're disappointed for whatever reason, you'll get every cent back within 14 days after the purchase. Whether you select to complete the purchase in a single or in several payments.

Note that it only applies to purchases without a discount. So if you would like to use a discount coupon or complete a purchase for the items during a sales period, you will be not eligible for the refund.
Can I share the art that I create during the course?
Yes, all the artwork that you create on the course belongs to you. You can share and tweet and dribbble whatever animation you create. We would be grateful if you mention our school while sharing, we have @motiondesignschool accounts almost on every network.
Will I get enough knowledge to land a job?
With enough practice, you will receive just enough knowledge to reach a new level and outperform your competitors. You will get a chance to get more clients since your character animations will become absolutely outstanding. Most of all, you will be able to charge far more than you are doing now.
How long does it take to successfully complete the course?
It usually takes at least 8 hours of doing practice and watching lessons per week for 2 months for a student to get to the final stage. We do recommend to spend as much time as possible since you are gaining new skills here, it's never an easy journey.
What if my level of English is not good enough and I find it difficult to understand the spoken language?
This course has subtitles, which makes the content easier for understanding and lets you check the unknown words in the dictionary, if needed.

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