Learning to Animate By Stealing Other People’s Work

I love being a part of the Dribbble community. There are so many amazing designers creating new concepts, products and aesthetics. Every day I get to see something fresh, something new, something interesting, but what I really like is when designers rebound other people’s work. A rebound is “a shot in response to another shot” they’re an awesome feature that have been around for about 10 years.

There are 3 main reasons I really like rebounds.

Rebound to Learn

Instead of looking at other designers’ work with envy, think of it as the key to your success.

He introduces a parallel between Github and Dribbble, and talks about how being inspired to recreate another designer’s work is like forking code.

Dribbble’s rebound feature is the closest thing we have in the design industry to GitHub’s “forking,” or downloading any piece of open source software and making it your own.

He takes a broad look at rebounds in the Dribbble community, and uses 10 really interesting shots to support his position. In the end, he concludes:

When you copy someone else’s design work, you have to pick it apart in order to understand it and apply it… Copying effectively teaches you to do it the right way.

Can you, as a designer, look at a static image and decompose it into the techniques, styles, and layers that you need to recreate it? For me, I really like to do this same practice but for animations.

Rebound to Homage

Here are few of my rebounds.


My rebound Gridlock (left). Original by Margarita Ivanchikova (right).

Stretch Around

My rebound Stretch Around (left). Original by Oleg Frolov (right).

Can you see that each of the dots is actually 2 lines, and that there are 8 total shapes animating?


My rebound Reflect (left). Original by Namika Hamasaki (right).

From time to time I’ll dive into an new category of animations, round up some awesome inspirations and see if I can unpack, rebuild, and recreate them. I like this process a lot because I learn, and I get really inspired by the amazing work that’s out there.

Rebound to Challenge

The original illustration looks like this:

Loris F. Alessandria’s Martini 🍸Animation Challenge!

In the next week and a half, 5 designers from 5 different countries around the world rebounded original animations using Loris’ illustration.

Jeremy Cartwright (left). Niu (right)

This kind of thing is just awesome to see.

Steal, Own, Credit, Give Back

Own your creative expression, even if it’s riffing off of someone else’s original work.

Remember though, it’s all about crediting people for their originality, creativity, process and talent.

Don’t just steal. That’s a d*** move.

Originally published at https://createwithflow.com on November 3, 2020.

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