Animations can do wonders and overhaul the complete UI of an application.
I am a big fan of several animated cartoon series, including Mowgli, Duck Tales, and a lot more. I am sure I’m not the only one; there are numerous fans out there. The technology has incessantly improved in past decades and today, we have various features-rich animations that don’t fail to impress the audience. One great example of awesome animated movies is Avatar; there are many more, though, like Jurassic Park, Terminator 2, etc. The worldwide success of Avatar proves how much people love watching intriguing and fascinating animations.
You can reap the benefits of the latest technology and integrate powerful and impressive animations in your applications to deliver an enhanced UX. Animations can add life to the applications, but they must be used in an optional way. To help you make the best app by embedding animations in it, here are some resourceful ground rules to consider while developing an application with animations.
- Begin With A Storyboard
The storyboard is quite crucial to ensure a smooth and flawless animation. It can either be created on a piece of paper or a whiteboard. In fact, there are some useful applications, like Sketchbook Pro, as well that allows one to conveniently create a desired storyboard for his application while performing other tasks easily. Yes! You can develop wireframes while creating a storyboard for your application. A storyboard is when accompanied by annotated wireframes, allows designers to proficiently elaborate things to the client.
- Implement Concrete Key Frames
To ensure a consistent and seamless slide transitions, the mobile game developers often forget to consider the key frames. The key frames must be incorporated with a great precision. If the keys are not strong enough, even a whopping number of frames won’t add to the credibility of an application. Only the keys that are integrated nicely can help identify a range of character actions in a gaming app within only two or three frames. To deliver a prolific application, one must make an optimal use of the available white space (or negative space). While using silhouettes, make sure that all the readable content must be displayed in the available white space. This will certainly make the content legible.
- Build The Interface via staging
When you are developing a gaming application, it is better not to integrate all the game elements at once. Doing so will result in a clunky and cluttered interface. Rather, it is recommended to implement the staging approach; it will make the things appear more systematically. Incorporate the gaming element in a sequential manner after thoroughly testing each animation element. With this approach, you can concentrate on optimizing the elements in the best possible manner.
- Keep A Check On Animation Speed
Whether you are developing a mobile application or a web application with animations, you must take care of the animation speed. If it will be too fast, users won’t understand it, and if it would be too slow, the users will get bored. Thus, it is essential to maintain an ideal speed, which ranges between 200 to 300ms. However, at most it may take 500ms to complete an animation, but not more than that. The speed of an average human to react to an event is 250ms. An animation that runs slower than the average human reaction time will annoy the users and so ruin the UX. Thus, one must bare the speed limit in mind while creating the prototypes.
Moreover, it would be interesting to note that there are some prolific devices, like the iPhone, which facilitate one to slow down or rev up the speed of applications.
- In Animations, All The Characters Must Not Be Kept Still At A Time
If there are some phases in your animation, where all the characters are still and not performing any visible task, it is advisable to keep at least an element moving. You may either choose to make the hairs of an animated character wave or bob the character up and down. By doing so, you can beautifully make your mobile gaming application lively. You can always think of adding distinct personality in each character of the game. This can be done by adding subtle features, like movement of hands, blinking of eyes, and heaving of the chest to show him breathe, to name just a few.
- Make A Balanced Use of Animations
No doubt, embedding animations in an application can amazingly augment its look and feel. But, at the same time, it is also advisable to make its restrained use. If using animation can help your application deliver a superb UX, embed the animation without going for a second thought. Otherwise, avoid it. This is so because making an excessive use of animations in an application can distract your users, and ruin the UX. However, with a balanced use of animations, you can ensure a better user engagement and a worthwhile application.
While embedding animations can beautify an application and enrich its look and feel, not accomplishing it in an optimal fashion can deteriorate the application’s performance drastically. Therefore, it is better to go through the principals of integrating an animation in an application beforehand. I hope this guide will give you some useful insights into the topic, and thus, allow you to adorn your applications and deliver a valuable UX by making an ideal use of animations in applications.
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