Day in the Life: Chance Qin, Senior Motion Graphics Designer
Feb 13, 2017
When it comes to senior motion graphics designers, there are few as versatile as Chance Qin.
“I graduated from a computer science program in China, but I was always really into animation. I started thinking, you know, that I wanted to do animation for a living. So I started applying to schools in the United States, because this is the place to learn animation,” said Qin.
Qin received admissions to multiple programs, including one that he never expected.
“The funny thing about the school that I ended up attending – Rochester Institute of Technology – is that actually I got a reply from the Computer Graphics program, and they said that they got my portfolio from the Animation program. Simply because they thought I was a better fit in their program, and wanted to see if I was interested,” said Qin. “I started thinking that, as a career, maybe animation is a little bit too narrow of a field. Computer graphics seemed to have wider choices – and that’s how I got started! Ever since I started, it’s really opened the whole world to me.”
After graduation, Qin spent time working at agencies in Florida and Maryland before joining the team at Centerline in January of 2015.
“I’ve learned a lot from the people who have worked here for a long time. I think the great thing about Centerline is the people who work around you are always willing to help, no matter what,” said Qin. “They aren’t trying to hide any technique, or trying to keep their talent a secret, or not showing you how to do things. I think that’s one of the biggest benefits that we have here.”
Qin is also glad to put his computer graphics expertise to use in the work he does on a daily basis for clients.
“The animation that we do is quite different from traditional animation. Even the motion graphics we work on are not typical, and are not like commercial or TV show openings that you see,” said Qin. “For us, our projects are building the bridge between the very technical person and the people they’re trying to reach.”
The collaborative work environment is also important to Qin, and comes up again when he talks about his favorite projects.
“I like all the projects – I mean, there are always projects that I’m more interested in, or that are more my style, but to me – I feel like we have a great team and great coworkers, and when a project finally comes to me, a lot of people have already contributed to it. It’s like I’m filling in a puzzle, and it feels good.”
Besides staying up-to-date on the latest and greatest in animation and computer graphics, there is one thing Qin does every single day.
“I tell myself to compliment at least three people, no matter what. I pick them randomly.”
Sounds like we should all take a page out of his book!
Throughout this blog, we’ve included some of Qin’s favorite projects he’s worked on while at Centerline. Interested in our open motion graphics designer position? Our careers page can tell you more about the position, and take a look inside our office by checking out our profile on The Muse. You can read more “Day in the Life” features here.