Motion graphics in e-learning are amazing visual storytelling tools to communicate ideas/ concepts or any learning in a captivating, manner and can keep the audiences engaged.  As we’re a few days into 2019, let’s explore the top e-learning motion graphic trends for 2019.

1.The all pervasive 3D 

The use of 3D graphics content is gaining popularity across industries and specially in marketing. With more tools available in the market today to design stunning 3D visuals, creating them has become much easy. 

The use of 3D in motion graphics for e-learning

In e-learning, in the year 2019, we can expect the organizations to use more 3D designs in the motion graphic for e-learning.

•Areas like medical animations and industrial animations etc are already seeing a rise in popularity of using 3D motion graphics.

•In terms of  existing product training or when a new product is being launched into the market, 3D designs can be used in motion graphics to show the various dimensional views of the products for the learners to better understand the product working, features etc. 3d can be used for consumer as well as industrial products.

•The designers can even choose to include 3D designs for text in motion graphics for e-learning.

Click here to watch a 3D motion graphics medical animation video

2.Mix of 2D & 3D Graphics

2019 will also witness a rising trend of using a mix of both 2D and 3D graphics. This design style is more economical and at the same time enhances the visual appeal of the motion graphics. 

The use of Mix of 2D & 3D Graphics in motion graphic for e-learning

•An e-learning explainer video can be created where the most important concepts can be represented in 3D designs and the rest of the elements can be designed in 2D graphics.

•A product training animated video can combine the 2D and 3D graphics. Like the organization can represent the product, its working in 3d designs and the other graphic elements can be represented using 2D graphics.

•If you’re planning to include a  storytelling approach in motion graphic design, there are endless possibilities of combining both 2D and 3D graphics. Here is an example of a stunning motion graphics on the topic Navigating AI that combines both 2D and 3D graphics.

3.Vibrant color palettes

Colors are the soul of every design as it adds life and expression to it. To know more about the color and color theory, you can refer to my blog here. In motion graphics, the designers are now experimenting with vibrant color palettes to create amazing motion graphics.

The use of Vibrant Color Palettes in motion graphics for e-learning

In designing motion graphics for e-learning, I encourage the designers to try experimenting with vibrant and bold color palettes. Vibrant color palettes can be used while creating motion graphics for compliance training or conceptual subjects like finance, accounting stock markets etc., which are generally content oriented. The general perception about topics is to use standard corporate colors but a vibrant color palette can be instantaneously used to capture the attention of the modern day learners.Click here to watch a sample video created by us on the topic of Infosec.

The popular color palette tool –Adobe Color CC has a section of colorful color palettes samples that can be downloaded here.

4.Kinetic typography

In the world of visual design, it’s difficult to create and establish rules and guidelines as it’s an art and not science. Hence, from the past many years we have seen certain patterns and styles that have become the new trend and one such area is typography, where the designers preferred not to experiment much and one such form is Kinetic typography—the technical name for “moving text”. It is an animation technique of mixing motion and text to express ideas in a video animation. 

The use of Kinetic typography style motion graphics in e-learning

•This style is especially useful when you need to present short and crisp information, more in the form of text like the company’s vision statement or certain guidelines on ethics and values of the company. Here is an example of an interesting explainer video that uses kinetic typography in motion graphics. 

5.Thin lines

A line is a fundamental element in the visual design. But lines are often the step-cousins and are not given their share of recognition more than just being an element to create forms and fix borders etc.

The use of thin line style motion graphics in e-learning

With recent developments in the world of graphics, we can see the use of thin lines in motion graphics designs for e-learning.

Thin lines can be used in industrial animations  specially PLC, semi conductors, industrial automation etc. to list the process and steps.

• Similarly in workplace learning if you are looking forward to developing an e-learning module on Cyber Security, I encourage to include thin line style  motion graphics in the background to give an effect of movement and remove the monotony of on screen elements.

•In medical animations, thin lines are used effectively like to represent the structure of the neurons etc.

•They can also be used as a part of the flowchart in e-learning to establish more clarity and relationship between various elements on the screen without losing the focus and attention

•Thin lines can be used for effective storytelling in motion graphic for e-learning. The designer can choose to represent the characters, objects etc using thin black lines on a white background or vice versa.

Click here to watch a sample motion graphic video that uses the thin lines.

6.Big, bold typography

The big bold typography is making a come back with the motion graphics. Using extra-large font sizes and zooming into the screen, are being increasingly used in the motion graphics space.

The use of big, bold typography in motion graphics for e-learning

•Big, bold typography can be used to highlight various Do ’s and Don’ts in the motion graphic for e-learning. The designers can choose to highlight each point by making it bold to capture the immediate learner attention.

•The big bold typography can be used to represent an important statement/ title or a group of words on the e-learning screens.

Here is an interesting video that uses big bold typography

7.Gifs in motion graphics

With  organisations trying to solve the puzzle of engaging the attention of the new generation of audience i.e the millennials and the gen Z, there is a rising trend of using gifs in the motion graphics. 

The use of Gifs in motion graphics for e-learning

•Animated Gifs are increasingly seen being used across the e-learning. In motion graphics for e-learning, the gifs can be used to capture the learner attention and engage them .Here are some popular ways to use it

•To give an instantaneous visual appeal and catch the attention

•Animated gifs to bring in the humor to the learning content. Like adding an animated Gif to the progress bar that represents the progress of the learner i.e upon sliding the progress bar, a cool image of a character walking in tandem or an object rolling etc can be created.

•Animated gifs can show procedures and steps quickly . Click here to watch an animated Gif that shows the root canal process

•Earning the rewards in gamification of learning is an enjoyable moment and animated gifs can add the visual treat. After the completion of the assessment, the designers can choose to include an animated gif(character holding a trophy on hand ).

Click here to view some cool gifs that can be used in motion graphics

Here are the 7 popular e-learning motion graphic trends for the year 2019. Feel free to share your suggestion and recommendation using the comment box below