About Motionographer

Our story

Motionographer® (pronounced like “oceanographer”) is a source of inspiration and insight for designers, animators and storytellers of all stripes. We share:

  • outstanding work from studios, freelancers and students
  • feature stories that give readers a deep understanding of the work we like and the industry we love
  • commentary that sparks discussion or introspection
  • miscellaneous items that Motionographer contributors find interesting

Motionographer isn’t just about motion design. Inspiration can come from anywhere, and the Motionographer contributors hope to provide you with interesting material regardless of the medium in which it was created.

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The team

Justin Cone, Co-Founder

Justin Cone is the creator of Motionographer.com, launched during his MFA studies at the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2006. Justin also created Motionographer’s predecessor, Tween, which he maintains was launched before the word “tween” came to indicate pre-teen children.

In the early days of Motionographer, Carlos El Asmar reached out to Justin and they formed a fruitful partnership that has been the foundation of Motionographer ever since. Together, they created the F5 festival.

Carlos El Asmar, Co-Founder

Carlos El Asmar is the co-owner of Motionographer. From the moment he introduced himself to Justin in 2007, he has mentored him and nurtured the site’s growth. Drawing on his years of experience as both a creative director and an executive, Carlos has steered Motionographer while brainstorming related projects with Justin.

Carlos is also the Executive Creative Director of NBCUniversal ArtWorks, the largest on-air creative services department in the world, and the mastermind of the F5 festival, a cutting-edge symposium of designers, artists and thinkers from around the world.

Joe Donaldson, Editor

Joe Donaldson is an Editor for Motionographer. Working closely with Justin Cone, his hope is to help grow our community while celebrating the exceptional work being created on a daily basis. Additionally, Joe recently joined Ringling College of Art and Design where he works as a professor in the Motion Design department.

Before joining Ringling, Joe worked as a director, designer and animator in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, and has had the honor of directing work for clients such as Apple, Google, Facebook, Instagram, The New York Times and Unicef.

Outside of the commercial world, Joe runs Jodie, his personal practice. Centered around the idea of creating healthy boundaries, Jodie acts as an outlet to further his creative voice through commissioned projects.



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Please read our Process page to understand how things work at Motionographer.