As motion designers we are frequently required to create vector assets for our animations. There are a number of tools available for doing this, including shape layers from right within After Effects, or Adobe's own vector application: Illustrator. However, if you're anything like me, you may find that Illustrator seems a bit clunky and complex to work with. It all comes down to personal taste, but Illustrator's way of doing things was just never the right fit for me. Luckily, a few months ago I stumbled on Affinity Designer from Serif, and jeez-oh-man, I immediately felt at home with this simplified application. Again, it all comes down to personal taste, but if you ever felt a bit perplexed by Illustrator, I'd suggest giving Affinity Designer a shot - there's a free trial available on their site, so you've got nothing to lose!