These days, more and more web designers are using animations to improve, enhance, and to generally make their websites more entertaining. This article talks about the different kinds of animations that are often used in web design.

Small-Scale vs. Large-Scale Animations
Basically, animations come in two major types: small-scale and large-scale animations. Large-scale animation functions as the primary interaction tool of a website. It involves effects such as pop-up notifications, parallax scrolling, and is viewed to have a major impact on the users. Small-scale animation, on the other hand, includes minor effects such as loading bars and hover tools. It does not need the input of the website’s users.

Popular Web Animation Techniques
There are many kinds of animation techniques, but the most popular ones are the following:

  • Navigation menus. Web designers have found creative ways of integrating animation in navigation menus. In particular, hidden animations have become popular lately, as they are being used to save space on the screen. Animations can be used to reveal a menu and delight your online visitors.
  • Hover animations. As the name suggests, this type of animation appears when a user “hovers” over a website’s content. The result is a more interactive experience and an “intuitive feel” for the users.
  • Loading animations. When it takes some time for a web page to load, users can become quite impatient. The solution? Loading animations. These can be used to “entertain” a use while waiting for the page to load. Typically, this type of animation is often used for one-page websites and those that have minimal design.
  • Scrolling. This type of animation allows users to have more control over how much web content they would like, based on their own pacing and preference.
  • Slideshows and galleries. This is type of animation is especially great for websites that feature various photos, portfolios, or products. They are a fantastic way to feature multiple contents without being too burdensome to the user.
  • Background animations. This type of animation can help enhance a website’s visibility by providing a gentle “movement” (e.g. a swirling logo or a small marquee). However, such animations must be incorporated through subtle ways so that they do not distract the user from their main purpose for viewing the page.

Navigation menus, hover animations, loading animations, scrolling, slideshows, galleries, and background animations are just some of the animation techniques that you can use in designing your website. Still, you need to choose your techniques carefully so that they actually serve to enhance and not distract users as they view your website.