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The Web In Motion: Practical Considerations For Designing With Animation by Smashing Magazine

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The State Of Animation 2014

By Rachel Nabors

The post-Flash era is hardly free of animation. CSS animation is quickly becoming a cornerstone of user-friendly interfaces on mobile and desktop, and JavaScript libraries already exist to handle complex interactive animations. In the wake of so much “CSS versus JavaScript animation” infighting, a new API specifically for web animation is coming out that might just unite both camps.

It’s an exciting time for web animation, and also a time of grave miscommunication and misinformation. In 2014, I had the chance to travel the world to talk about using animation in user interfaces and design1. I met and interviewed dozens of people who use and champion both CSS and JavaScript. After interviewing so many developers, ...

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