Kinetic Typography: Create a Visual Concept in Motion

A course by Simon François
Graphic Designer. Pantin, France.
Joined June 2021
, Graphic Designer

Learn how to create coded motion typography with Illustrator and After Effects

  • French with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (6)
  • 573 students

Learn how to create coded motion typography with Illustrator and After Effects

French with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (6)
  • 573 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: French
  • Level: Beginner
  • 11 lessons (1h 25m)
  • Available on the app
  • French, Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Simon François is passionate about all things language- and graphics-related, and loves nothing more than playing around with the letters, shapes, and sounds of words. In this course, he shares his love for the demanding art of animated typography. A little creativity, a few exercises, and a strong semantic concept can work wonders!

Learn how to make a typographic animation with moving coded elements using Illustrator and After Effects in turn. By the end of this course, you'll be able to make letters dance to your rhythm with finesse and creative energy.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. words in motion
  • U3
    U3. Assemble your orchestra
  • U4
    U4. For further
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Simon François starts by introducing himself and talking about his approach to graphic and motion design. From Studio Thonik to Michal Rovner and Chuck Jones, his influences stretch far and wide.

He gives you a short introduction to kinetic typography, with a focus on matrix compositions. Learn how to find inspiration, whether visual or poetic, before thinking about the semantic construction of your typography, its foundations, and how you want it to unfold.

Time to roll up your sleeves! With Simon's help, draw the letters in Illustrator before animating them in After Effects. To do this, create a coded animation sequence and a displacement map as your base. Learn to use the Turbulent Noise effect to generate a fluid and moving visual piece. Your composition is now ready to be exported!

To wrap up the course, Simon teaches you some other ways to generate movement in After Effects and how to share your creations on social media to boost your visibility.

What is this course's project?

Create kinetic typography in Illustrator and animate it with coded movements in After Effects.

Who is this online course for?

Anyone who wishes to deepen their knowledge of typographic animation.

Requirements and materials

Knowledge of animation and expression is necessary for this course, as well as beginner-level Illustrator and intermediate-level After Effects experience.

You also need a computer installed with the two software.

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.


573 Students
6 Reviews
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Simon François

A course by Simon François

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Simon François has been drawing since he was a child. After studying in Paris, he began his graphic design career in Amsterdam at Studio Thonik. After a stint in Berlin and Mexico, he now works mainly in the cultural and luxury sectors for the likes of Ed Banger and Hermès.

Largely influenced by Dutch culture, he likes to build conceptual micro-narratives where animation breaks the austerity of abstract visuals. His other passions, language and poetry, also inspire his work.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Professional and artistic encounters
  • U2

    words in motion

    • Introduction to Kinetic Typography
    • Where to look for inspiration
    • Format your text
  • U3

    Assemble your orchestra

    • build the letters
    • Generate Variations
    • Orchestrate the whole
    • Export all
  • U4

    For further

    • Exploration of other techniques
    • Share your work on social networks
  • FP

    Final project

    • Kinetic Typography: Create a Visual Concept in Motion

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Kinetic Typography: Create a Visual Concept in Motion. 3D, Animation, Calligraphy, and Typography course by Simon François

Kinetic Typography: Create a Visual Concept in Motion

A course by Simon François
Graphic Designer. Pantin, France.
Joined June 2021
  • 100% positive reviews (6)
  • 573 students