Meet The Clouders – From motion design to motion on two wheels
07.09.2023 | 4 min read
Welcome to our ‘Meet The Clouders’ series. Today, we’ll be talking to Wiktor Buksza, who is 10Clouds’ 3D Motion Designer and also a keen cyclist. During his 4 years with us, he’s worked on several exciting products, including SpaceX Falcon Tracker and Swile. Outside of work, he loves nothing more than watching the world go by while traveling on two wheels – he’s traversed some impressive distances on his bike. Let’s find out more about his two greatest passions.
Could you tell us a bit about your career journey to becoming a 3D motion designer?
I’ve always been fascinated by animation. I first discovered it when I enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. There, I began working with both manual techniques and 3D animation, and I soon found that it can truly help to bring your imagination to life. I got the chance to experiment on a range of different projects and to hone my skills.
Then, I received a job offer from TVN, one of the most well-known television stations in Poland. I worked in the creative department, where we crafted trailers for new programs and updated the branding and visual identity of existing ones. It was an amazing experience, but I wanted to branch out into new areas. That's how I ended up at 10Clouds, where I elevated my skills to a higher level.
What gives you the most satisfaction in your role?
Animation allows you to translate thoughts and ideas into a visual language. It's a powerful tool for conveying messages and emotions through movement, color, and shape.
Typically, it's a complex and intricate process. To create animation, you need to write a script, go through the storyboard phase, and then create an animatic - a simplified version of the animation - before moving on to the actual animation and post-production. Crafting unique scenes is always highly inspiring and fascinating.
What does 3D motion design add to a product?
3D animation can significantly enhance the user experience and make the product more attractive and functional. It’s a way of making the complex simple – particularly if this is well thought out at the creation stage.
In recent years, interactive animation, such as animated games, interfaces, and virtual reality, has become popular, and computers have become more powerful, allowing us to turn our ideas into reality.
I enjoy bringing interfaces and 3D objects to life, adding value to the product we are working on, and continuously learning something new. When you publish your projects, you can receive feedback and reactions from followers, which I really value.
Outside of work you’re a passionate cyclist. What first sparked your love for the sport?
I have a few passions, such as traveling and squash, but I love road cycling the most. Recently, I started riding a road bike, and it allows me to break away from the everyday routine. Speed and adrenaline both play a big part. When competing with yourself, you focus more on the result.
Road cycling is of course, a different form of motion design. And it’s not just about speed; it's also about self-improvement and pushing your own limits. Each route is an adventure, exploring new places, and discovering the beauty of nature. Thanks to it, I've learned about interesting places around Wrocław, where I live.
Modern lifestyles often come with a lot of mental stress and physical strain, which is where cycling can make a huge difference. The more effort you put in, the more benefits you'll reap later, helping you regain energy and improve your overall well-being.
What’s your favorite cycle ride that you’ve ever been on?
Last week, I completed the longest route, which was 102 km along the Odra River in the vicinity of Wrocław. It was a fascinating journey because I discovered some amazing places that I wouldn't have known about otherwise.
The best thing about a bike ride is that you have complete freedom in choosing your route, and you can change it at any time.
What advice would you give to anyone who is trying to get into cycling?
Don't be afraid! The most important thing is to start, and then decide if it's for you. Begin with local roads with low car traffic and short distances, then gradually increase the intensity and length of your trips. This will help your body adapt to the workload. The frame size and geometry are important for a comfortable ride, and the right clothing also affects your comfort. There are many apps available for cyclists to analyze and track statistics, but personally, I use Strava. It's free, allows you to create routes, and compete with friends.