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Expressive Typography in Motion with After Effects

A course by Mat Voyce
Graphic and Motion Designer. Ukiah, United States.
Joined February 2021
, Graphic and Motion Designer

Learn to create letterforms filled with personality and bring them to life through playful animation

  • Best seller
  • 97% positive reviews (285)
  • 7704 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn to create letterforms filled with personality and bring them to life through playful animation

  • 97% positive reviews (285)
  • 7704 students
  • 15 lessons (2h 32m)
  • 8 additional resources (0 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Letters can say so much more than words in the world of typography, especially when animation is thrown into the mix. Graphic and motion designer Mat Voyce is known for his expressive typography, which he transforms into fun and dynamic animations. He’s collaborated with the likes of Netflix, Disney+, Adobe, and the BBC.

Enter a world of animation and learn how to bring typography to life. Express an idea, a quote, or a phrase by creating an original design in Illustrator and putting it into motion in After Effects. Create an original animated typography design and share your message with the world.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Kinetic Typography and How to Prepare for the Fun Part
  • U3
    U3. Vectorising and Animating Our Phrase
  • U4
    U4. Animation Exporting
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin by getting to know Mat. He shares his professional background in graphic design and typography. Hear about the designers who have influenced his work and his sources of inspiration.

Get familiar with kinetic typography by looking at references and exploring the basics of Illustrator and After Effects. Choose the phrase you want to animate and explore different typefaces before deciding on your favorite. Then, do some color research to choose the color palette that suits your animated typography idea.

Dive into the design phase by sketching on paper, then importing it into Illustrator. Learn how to create a base layer with your phrase, and hear Mat’s tips on editing your design to make it look fresh. See how to apply your color palette to your design and experiment with color combinations. Transfer your design into After Effects and get a walkthrough of how to animate your phrase. Add the final touches to your design by adding textures and effects within After Effects to give it a handcrafted feeling.

Learn how to export your animation in different formats depending on where you want to share it. Mat teaches you how to turn your animation into a GIF in Photoshop. Wrap up the course by hearing Mat’s tips on sharing your work on social media.

What is this course's project?

Create an animation of a phrase with a typography design.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is great for illustrators, designers, or anyone who wants to explore the world of animation and typography.

Requirements and materials

Basic knowledge of After Effects and Illustrator is recommended.

To take this course, you need access to a computer with After Effects and Illustrator (or similar software), and a pen or pencil and paper to make your initial sketch. Photoshop is optional for the final unit.

New to Adobe After Effects? In that case, we recommend taking Domestika Basics courses to learn how to use the software: Introduction to After Effects.


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Mat Voyce

A course by Mat Voyce

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Mat Voyce’s passion for design roots back to his childhood, when he won a cover design contest for Futurama comics held by Matt Greoning, himself. He studied graphic design at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. Since then, his career in graphic and motion design has flourished. He specializes in 2D animation, and describes his work as “experimenting with kinetic typography, infusing letterforms with character and creating animated GIFs, stickers and short films for clients globally.”

His client list includes Adobe, Disney+, BBC, Nike, Netflix, Lacoste, The Los Angeles Times, Facebook, Honda, GoDaddy, Kimemaster, GIPHY and EFFA. Mat’s work has been featured in publications for PRINT Mag, typegoodness, The Designest, Wix, Loop, WeChat and others. He was also voted one of the Top 5 GIPHY Artists in 2020.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Kinetic Typography and How to Prepare for the Fun Part

    • Introduction to Typography in Motion
    • Key Programs
    • Phrase Exploration and Resources
    • Animated Typography Reference
    • Colour Research
  • U3

    Vectorising and Animating Our Phrase

    • Lettering Composition and Organisation
    • Creating Our Base Phrase in Illustrator
    • The All Important Colour Application
    • Creating Our Kinetic Typography 1
    • Creating Our Kinetic Typography 2
    • Textural Additions
  • U4

    Animation Exporting

    • Exporting as Gif
    • Sharing Platforms and Tips
  • FP

    Final project

    • Expressive Typography in Motion with after Effects

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Expressive Typography in Motion with After Effects. 3D, Animation, Calligraphy, and Typography course by Mat Voyce Best seller

Expressive Typography in Motion with After Effects

A course by Mat Voyce
Graphic and Motion Designer. Ukiah, United States.
Joined February 2021
  • 97% positive reviews (285)
  • 7704 students