Learn to Design and Animate Creative UI with Daniele Buffa

Taught by Daniele Buffa of MetaLab
Join MetaLab’s Principal Designer, Daniele Buffa, for a two-part crash course. Learn how to design and build beautiful, engaging, and functional apps and websites.
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Join MetaLab's Principal Designer Daniele Buffa and Dribbble for this Two-Part Crash Course on Design and Animation for Creative UI. You'll gain access to two 3-hour sessions, an interactive take-home assignment with helpful feedback, and a global online community of peers. Get valuable reference material, networking opportunities, and join in on interactive Q&A sessions.

Session 1 - Discover How to Design a Beautiful and Creative UI

As the Principal Designer at MetaLab, Daniele has created stunning UI for the world’s top design forward companies like Google and Sony. Join us and design alongside an industry expert, learn his tried and tested design processes, and the very best industry standard practices.

This first session will teach you how to approach a creative brief and create a visually appealing and impactful hero section for a website. You'll also learn about best practices for designing products, exploring directions, and designing an app's home screen.

Using some of Daniele’s recent projects as examples, he will deconstruct his design and thought process to create unique, visually impactful, and functional designs. Consider how to approach the “concept phase” of your design while thinking of solutions. A mood board is created, references are collected, and the visual direction is established.

As part of your design exploration, you'll experiment with typography, colors, images, graphic elements, and more. After this, you will learn how to polish and elevate your designs. Several tips and tricks are included to train your mind to think in terms of animation and interaction.

There will be a special design homework assignment to complete before the second session, along with a dedicated Q&A at the end of this session.

You’ll Learn:

  • Best practices and quick keys for Figma
  • Drafting concept design and creative layouts
  • Designing delightful apps using typography and other elements
  • How to create a strong colour palette from your mood board
  • Using your visual superpowers for animation and interaction

Session 2 - Using Animation to Elevate Your Design

The second session begins with a review of your homework assignment, including feedback on your designs.

During the remainder of this session, you'll find out how to bring your website and app to life by applying essential animation principles that reflect potential user interactions.

Daniele will guide you through how to use Principle to animate the home screen of your app and how to incorporate After Effects to animate the hero section of your website. This interactive portion of the workshop allows you to suggest animation ideas while learning tips and tricks to enhance your designs.

Afterward, you'll feel comfortable pushing the boundaries of your visual designs and putting forward bold and innovative solutions clients will love. With an understanding of animation basics, you can bring your ideas to life.

You’ll Learn:

  • Basic principles of animation and thinking in motion
  • Using animation to elevate your designs
  • Animation in Principle (for apps) and After Effects (for web)
  • Tips & tricks of the software for unique animation scenarios
  • How to export a functional prototype and high-quality animation video

You’ll Receive:

  • Two in-depth, interactive sessions
  • Live Q&A with Daniele in each session
  • Access to an exclusive community group of classmates from around the globe
  • Take-home assignments designed for feedback in Session Two
  • Live feedback on your projects and advice from Daniele
  • Curated templates and PDFs of course content
  • Live-recorded session access for up to 2-weeks post-session

Daniele Buffa is a Principal Designer at MetaLab, focusing on product design, visuals, motion, and interaction. His design career has allowed him to work with clients like Google, Sony Music, Headspace, Business Insider, and many more. A cinema enthusiast, he particularly admires the aesthetic of directors like Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Only God Forgives) and Dennis Villeneuve (Arrival, Blade Runner 2049, Dune). He also loves to produce electronic music and play with his cat, Ed in his spare time.

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Dribbble Workshops are live, limited-seat virtual sessions that let you learn valuable lessons directly from leading designers within the creative community. With a range of sessions spanning a diverse range of design disciplines—from logo design to lettering to systems design—Dribbble Workshops offer up opportunities for nearly every creative to build up important skills from the best in the biz.

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Our Dribbble Workshop session with Danielle Buffa takes place on November 3, 2021 and November 10, 2021. The sessions begin at 9:00AM (PST).

As a heads-up, please take note that all workshop session times are in Pacific Standard Time, so plan accordingly!

Tickets for this workshop are on sale until November 1, —but you’ll want to act fast, since seats are limited. Don’t miss out, designers!

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