Buff Motion

Motion Designer

Job Added: 01 September 2020
Applications Close: 20 September 2020
Level: Mid-Weight
Contract: Full Time
Based: Brighton
Salary: £25,000 to £35,000
Website: buffmotion.com
Twitter: @buffmotion

We're looking for a passionate and proactive Motion Designer to join our growing team. We’re after someone with a great eye for design and advanced knowledge of animation principles.

Here are some qualities that are really important to us - if they’re shared by you then it’s likely you’ll be a great fit: attention to detail, dedication, collaboration, ambition, honesty and openness.

This is a studio based role so we won’t be considering any ‘remote working’ applications.


About us

We're a motion design studio in the centre of Brighton making animation for brands. We help businesses connect with audiences, delivering greater brand engagement through motion design. Our goal is to produce share-worthy content that makes people feel happier and smarter.

Browse the site to find out more about us and watch our reel to see if it’s the type of work you’d like to be making.


About the role

Our Motion Designer is a great visual communicator and collaborator. With a passion for design and creating beautifully refined animation, you bring together everything from the project’s development to date and thrust it creatively into life. Responsible for the clarity of each story’s message and the elegance of its delivery, your role is key to the studio’s successful delivery of a project.

Working closely with our illustrators and creative director, you will sometimes pick-up projects from a final look storyboard with prepared assets ready to animate and other times be responsible for the earlier design phase too. You’re well versed in working with a range of illustration styles and applying the right animation techniques to best enhance the visual concept. A technical whizz, you’re not afraid of trying new ways of working, whilst developing efficient workflows and pushing the boundaries of motion design to elevate the studio’s output.


Shared objectives:

  • Further the studio's mission to create engaging and share-worthy content that delivers a clear brand message
  • Be open and honest at all times
  • Use time and energy wisely
  • Collaborate with the team, valuing other people’s contributions, whilst being confident working autonomously in line with our values and objectives
  • Continually strive to find improvements to processes and workflows that will better a project’s outcome
  • Actively consider and make suggestions for ideas that will positively impact the studio
  • Demonstrate a hunger to improve and develop in your role


Job specific objectives & duties:

  • Design and animate content to facilitate the telling of stories on behalf of our clients or the studio. This includes:
  • Designing style frames to demonstrate the animation look & feel.
  • Creating assets and producing storyboards to illustrate the story scene by scene.
  • Rigging and animating.
  • Basic sound design and audio mix & master.
  • Encoding approvals and final video for delivery.
  • Contribute to projects or pitches with your own ideas to improve the output of a job or help to win new work.
  • Assist the Creative Director in the production of large or advanced projects.
  • Attend client meetings as required to gather information about a project, present ideas for potential work or share the progress of current work.
  • Use methods to check your understanding of briefs or tasks to ensure smooth communication and prevent any misunderstandings.
  • Ensure work meets the brief and is of an adequate standard, without errors or mistakes.
  • Carry out regular research to keep up to date with the motion design industry including animation related news and trends.
  • Keep a log of time spent on each project for billing purposes and time spent learning or in training to keep a track of personal development.
  • Develop skills as a Motion Designer, asking for help and guidance where required.
  • Keep a look out for and report opportunities to expand the studio’s client base.
  • Make suggestions for and create regular and engaging social media content.
  • Answer the phones and respond to emails in a polite and professional manner.
  • Keep a tidy workspace and help to keep the studio a clean, pleasant space to work in; doing a fair share of housekeeping.
  • Any other adhoc duties appropriate for the role.


Skills for success:

  • Passion and drive to develop

  • Creative solution-finding

  • Solid understanding of what constitutes great animation

  • Design eye and understanding of design principals (colour, composition, typography)

  • Proficiency with After Effects, Illustrator and Photoshop

  • Teamwork & collaboration

  • Attention to detail and high standards

  • Proactive approach

  • Confident and clear communicator

  • Listening


What we offer

  • Open dialogue: Everyone gets direct access to the management team and is encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas. We’re a young, dynamic business; we’re not afraid to make changes if we see the value in trying something new - so it’s an exciting time to jump aboard and help shape our future.

  • Development focus: We work together to support people’s growth and development. We have a solid review process to regularly reflect on successes and failures, with the goal of giving and receiving honest feedback to provide everyone the opportunity to get better at what we do.

  • Healthy studio culture: The company was founded on a desire to strike a good balance between enjoying a nice lifestyle and being committed to making great work. So whilst we’re passionate about what we do, it’s important to us that every person on the team feels happy and valued. It’s very rare to see us working into the night or on weekends, but if it happens then we give time-off back in lieu.

  • Fair pay: We keep regular tabs on industry standards when it comes to salary and aim to reward people fairly with regular pay reviews. We’re also registered with the Brighton & Hove Living Wage Campaign.

  • Lovely working environment: We have a super studio space in the centre of Brighton (North Laine area), with plenty of natural light and everything you could want on our doorstep.

  • Nice-ness! We’re a friendly bunch who are honest, open and fun. We approach things with what we feel is the right mix of professionalism and appreciation that we’re lucky enough to make animations for a living… You can’t take that too seriously!

  • Other perks: As well as a standard holiday allowance (28 days with bank holidays for full-time staff), we close the studio for the festive season to give everyone more time to enjoy with friends and family. We have a workplace pension scheme, organise regular social events, hold weekly breakfast meetings and finish on Fridays with a team ‘show & tell’ whenever possible.


How to apply

To apply

If this all sounds interesting then we’d love to hear from you. Please send over the following by email to [email protected]:

  • A short message telling us a bit about you, your ambitions and why you feel the role is right for you

  • Your CV with any relevant experience listed, ideally as a PDF

  • A link to your reel online (no video attachments please)