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Mobile App Animation: Main Types 

Great animations make great apps. And it is not an exaggeration as today we are used to simplicity everywhere: in our interior design, in our clothes design, in our smartphone design and, of course, in mobile app design. We like when it looks simple, minimalistic but stylish. But regarding mobile apps we highly appreciate app functionality and one can think that the design fades into insignificance. But it is not so. On the contrary, mobile app design is not at a stop and it constantly changes. Now very often the most prominent thing is app animation. Where mobile app design seems not to work out, mobile animation will always work out. And it is due to the fact that the main animation hook is that it breathes life into the process of interaction. It helps user to get fast feedback, provides opportunities for fast and easy microinteractions, marks out key elements of the layout and adds an engaging feeling of live and dynamic process. Even more, it is able to add more positive vibes to user experience. With a quick growth of mobile devices animation got even more significant popularity and diversity that enable fast and easy process for touchable interfaces, especially on-the-go.   

Speaking about most popular mobile app animations we tried to outline the ones that are widely used today in app development: 

Navigation Animation 

Navigation bar is the thing that no app can do without that is why navigation animation plays a key role in app design. Usually navigation list has a long menu and it is important to arrange it so that a user can navigate the app easily and effectively. Navigation animation allows to see all the sections. What is more, it attracts users and they will never call your app “boring”.

 Visual feedback 

That kind of animation makes the app more attractive and stylish. At the same time, it is the basic types of animation in UI and UX design. Very often visual feedback animation works the following way: when a user clicks any app button or swipes, he or she immediately gets a visual feedback (color change, scaling duplication, and others). With the help of this animation, a user is able to notice all interactions with the app. 

In-app guide 

There are a lot of apps that have a complex structure that may perplex users. And here an animated in-app guide is of great use as it clearly demonstrates the algorithm of app usage. A user is provided with different instructions on how to use this particular app. It usually opens up when the app starts running. By the way, an in-app guide is available at any time a user needs it. 

Giving a hint 

Giving a hint feature is a great app tool that helps an app subscriber use it in an effective way. Usually if there are hints in the app, the active elements are colored a specific color or moved when users tap them. Using giving a hint animation, any user is able to get the idea of how to work on this or that app without making any efforts.

Custom animation 

Custom animation is one-of-a-kind as it is created specially for a specific app. And, of course, this animation type is the most eye-catching and recognizable. To create custom animation a high level of imagination is needed. Often It is used to make a brand more prominent and to some extent exclusive. But at the same time, it’s very important to know when enough is enough and make custom animation both catchy and unobtrusive. 

Of course, there are many other types of animation. The frequency of their usage differs as well as the level of their novelty. However, the bottom line is that it should be used proportionally. There should not be too many animations, as the core value of any app is its functionality and concept. If these things fail, never in a million years even the most complex and creative animation will make it all right. Choose the right strategy for app development, choose NybleCraft!