Animation is one of the top user interface trends this year, and little wonder. 2017 has seen its fair share of spellbinding UI animations, thanks to their ability to direct and enforce action from users as well as compel even the most distracted of audiences.
If you haven’t started using animations, you probably should, as their attention-grabbing quality and functionality mean that this trend isn’t going away anytime soon. The article also provides a number of sources for low file size animations, so there’s little reason why you shouldn’t be hopping on the bandwagon.
Check out some of the best animation libraries below.
Screenshot via Animate.css
After four years, this straightforward “just add water” CSS animation library is still one of the most popular and foolproof ones available. Its animations are quick loading, making them ideal for mobile projects as well. If you’re just starting out and want to experiment with simple animations for your website, ‘Animate.css’ is a great option.
Screenshot via Bounce.js
Like ‘Animate.css’, this library provides animations with low file sizes. “You might want to consider using this library if your needs centre around ‘pop and bubble’ style animation types and could benefit from a lower file size overhead,” Walker and Pant say.
Screenshot via AnimeJS
If you’re looking to go beyond basic CSS animations, ‘AnimeJS’, with its—according to SitePoint—“smooth and buttery” options, should be your go-to.
Screenshot via Magic Animations
If your project has some leeway for animations with slightly larger file sizes than ‘Animate.css’ and ‘Bounce.js’, check out ‘Magic Animations’. It’s well-known for its sophisticated animations, including “bling”-like and exploding effects.[via SitePoint, images via various sources]