Makzan / I share what I learned

Animation should be invisible to user

Good animation is invisible. You shouldn’t notice that you’re looking at animation.
— Pasquale D’Silva

Can’t agree more on this. Animation should never distract the user. User should not notice any transition. Having an interface transition too short then user will surprise on the sudden change. Having it too long then user will notice there is an animation there.

In my experience on designing flash motion interface, every transition starts at 0.3s duration before micro tuning each one. I call this Golden Number of UI transition.

Published on 2015-03-02. More articles like this:
- Clip & Quote
- Web Technologies

Previous <- Mozilla Easter Egg
Next -> CSS Quantity Selector

📬 Subscribe to Makzan’s Weekly Dispatch

Want productive tips and web technologies links like this in your inbox each week? Sign up for weekly dispatch each week. No spam ever. Just useful content:

What to expect: If you wish to withdraw your consent and stop hearing from us, simply click the unsubscribe link at the bottom of every email we send or contact us at We value and respect your personal data and privacy. To view our privacy policy, please visit our website. By submitting this form, you agree that we may process your information in accordance with these terms.