Last night on MoChat we had a brief, and somewhat distracted conversation on basic animation principles. (The second presidential debate was happening concurrently in the US.) According to our brief & informal “survey”, most of us come from backgrounds other than animation proper. There’s also confusion as to where the line between animation and motion design is drawn.
The transcript below is brief enough to skim through, but there were some links going around outside the chat I wanted to include. Angie Taylor shares her article on 12 basic rules of animation. Ryan Summers has several reading/viewing options that he recommends for character design.