Animation & Graphic Design


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


902 Leonard St NWGrand Rapids, MI 49504


The Geek Group produces video as part of its educational programming. We are seeking volunteers to work in the animation &graphics department, which includes:

For web video, we make:

  • titles

  • graphics

  • 2D & 3D motion graphics

  • 2D & 3D animation

For web, print, and products, we make:

  • icons

  • graphics

  • (sometimes) whole layouts

We have enough work on a regular basis to be a fullfilling experience for volunteers who want to commit anywhere from 1 to 40 hours per week. Experience is NOT REQUIRED, but is helpful.

Experience that is useful:

  • hard-surface modelling

  • CAD/Architectural work

  • object animation (familiarity with curve editor)

  • camera blocking/shot composition

  • surfacing/texturing/materials (especially non-photo-realism)

  • lighting

  • rendering

  • compositing

  • (stylized) physics simulation

  • vector art

  • title, graphic, & intertitle typography

  • composition

  • keyframing/object-based animation

  • basic After Effects expressions (it's really similar to javascript)

  • camera/motion tracking

  • color correction

Skills/personality traits that are helpful:

  • Has strong work ethic

  • Able to manage own time

  • Able to iterate on ideas & knows when to ask for feedback

  • Not afraid to ask for instructions, clarification, or help

  • At least moderate professionalism: doesn't take direction/criticism/praise of work personally

  • Can keep a schedule--or, failing that, can send an email at the beginning of the week saying when they'll be in

Skills for design:

  • Understands elements of typography & lettering

  • Understands principles of design

  • Can synthesize references rather than just copying

Skills for 3D modeling:

  • Sorry, but we just don't do character modeling/animation. Almost all hard-surface, sometimes some simulation

  • That said, understanding of how rigging & animation works is beneficial to someone making the often-complicated mechanical stuff we have to animate

  • Understands how to exaggerate, doesn't get bogged down in the minutiae until it's necessary

Skills for animation dept:

  • (All of the preceding)

  • Patience; disciplined enough to not charge ahead with the nitty-gritty until the broader stuff is working properly

  • Sense of timing & composition; understands animation principles

  • We do limited character animation in 2D

  • Experience with the software we use (Adobe CC--particularly After Effects; Autodesk 3DS Max) is a plus, but not necessarily required. At the very least be willing/able to pick up these tools relatively quickly.


  • Graphic Design
  • Web Design
  • Animation Software
  • Audio-Visual
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Graphic Design / Print

Good Match For

Teens People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 16
  • We are very flexible

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