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Designing Interface Animation

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Meaningful Motion for User Experience

By Val Head

Published: July 2016
Paperback: 240 pages
Paperback ISBN: 978-1933820-32-3
Ebook ISBN: 978-1933820-16-3

Effective interface animation deftly combines form and function to improve feedback, aid in orientation, direct attention, show causality, and express your brand’s personality. Designing Interface Animation shows you how to create web animation that balances purpose and style while blending seamlessly into the user’s experience. This book is a crash course in motion design theory and practice for web designers, UX professionals, and front-end developers alike.

Effective interface animation deftly combines form and function to improve feedback, aid in orientation, direct attention, show causality, and express your brand’s personality. Designing Interface Animation shows you how to create web animation that balances purpose and style while blending seamlessly into the user’s experience. This book is a crash course in motion design theory and practice for web designers, UX professionals, and front-end developers alike.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Ethan Marcotte
Chapter 1: Why You Can’t Ignore Animation
Chapter 2: You Already Know More About Animation Than You Think
Chapter 3: Modern Principles of Interactive Animation
Chapter 4: Using Animation to Orient and Give Context
Chapter 5: Using Animation to Direct Focus and Attention
Chapter 6: Using Animation to Show Cause and Effect
Chapter 7: Using Animation for Feedback
Chapter 8: Using Animation to Demonstrate
Chapter 9:Using Animation to Express Your Brand
Chapter 10: Where Animation Fits in Your Design Process
Chapter 11: Prototyping Your Animation Ideas
Chapter 12: Animating Responsibly

FAQ

These common questions and their short answers are taken from Val Head’s book Designing Interface Animation: Meaningful Motion for User Experience. You can find longer answers to each in your copy of the book, either printed or digital version.

  1. Is this book only about web animation?
    I’m framing the majority of my discussion of animation around the web because that’s my preferred medium; however, all of the theory and design approaches to using animation effectively apply to other platforms as well. Even if the technology of web animation isn’t what you’ll be working with, there are still many benefits you can gain from including animation in your design efforts.

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