An­i­mate, an­i­mate, rewind

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An­i­ma­tion has be­come a first-class cit­i­zen of the web. It is not some nov­elty look­ing for sup­port from browsers and cre­ators. It can be found in every cor­ner of the web and is light­ing up the user ex­pe­ri­ence. Web an­i­ma­tions come in many forms. There are ex­trav­a­gant full-page de­signs that of­fer the wow fac­tor, and there are func­tional UI an­i­ma­tions that en­sure the user is get­ting a lit­tle ex­tra to im­prove their ex­pe­ri­ence.

In our lat­est lead fea­ture we have em­ployed a trio of tal­ent that have been work­ing in the world of an­i­ma­tion for as long as we can re­mem­ber: Chris Gan­non is an award-win­ning free­lance in­ter­ac­tive de­signer, il­lus­tra­tor and an­i­ma­tor who of­fers ex­cel­lent ad­vice on how to ap­proach the art of an­i­ma­tion. Keep­ing him com­pany we have reg­u­lar Richard Mat­tka who shows how to get started with the HTML an­i­ma­tion li­brary Greensock. And fin­ish­ing up we have Supremo de­signer Dan Hey­wood who of­fers some in­spi­ra­tional ex­am­ples and the best sources to fol­low on Twit­ter.

Else­where, we move on to mo­bile and pro­vide a host of PWA tips to power up your mo­bile (and desk­top) apps to en­sure that users get the best ex­pe­ri­ence pos­si­ble.

On the de­vel­op­ment side we take a closer look at Ex­press.js, the fast, un­opin­ion­ated, min­i­mal­ist web frame­work for Node.js. And on page 56 you can find out why vari­able fonts are such big news.

As al­ways, en­joy the is­sue and see you soon.

A pic­ture tells a thou­sand words and a care­fully crafted an­i­ma­tion turns those words into a mean­ing­ful story

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