3 animation techniques UX designers need to know

If you look five years back, the use of animation and motion in user interfaces was considered a crime rather than a best practice. It was associated with flashy websites, jumping popups and blinking buttons. But this has changed tremendously over the last year – for three reasons.

  • Hardware is ready: Mobile devices are equipped with strong processors and GPUs
  • Software is ready: Browsers are way more powerful than ever before with animations working across them (more or less). Front-end frameworks allow for some heavy lifting, along with HTML5 and CSS3 catering for dynamic animations. There's also been a rise in JavaScript animation libraries.
  • Designers are ready: Previous generations of designers were more likely to come from communication design which follows a rather static way of thinking. The newer generations of UI/UX designers already got in touch with motion design during their college education. Plus, since the introduction of the iPhone and mobile apps, many designers gained some experience with the possibilities of dynamic animation.

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