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Adding movement with scrolling and animation

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The sixth principle of design will explore is movement. There are several ways to add a sense of movement to a web layout including working with line and shape. In this lesson, however we'll concentrate on adding movement with various scrolling and animation effects. In graphic design, we can say that the principle of movement refers to the suggestion of action or direction, since nearly all graphic design is two-dimensional. On the web, however, we can work with both implied and actual movement.

Adding movement with scrolling and animation

The sixth principle of design will explore is movement. There are several ways to add a sense of movement to a web layout including working with line and shape. In this lesson, however we'll concentrate on adding movement with various scrolling and animation effects. In graphic design, we can say that the principle of movement refers to the suggestion of action or direction, since nearly all graphic design is two-dimensional. On the web, however, we can work with both implied and actual movement.

For instance, movement can be the invisible path that our eyes follow across a design. Or it could be the illusion of motion that happens when a design or illustration includes static elements such as horizontal, vertical, curved, or diagonal direction lines. The same thing happens with angled and curved shapes, or even a rotated object. In fact, even illustrations and photographs can imply movement. However, motion need not always be implied.

It can also happen in a web design through actual movement. So, let's explore a few ways to use scrolling and animation to create real movement in a web design. First, when building websites with background images on the body element, the default scrolling style is scrolling, whether you specify it or not in the CSS. A scrolling background travels with the text as you scroll down the page like so. The other option that you can use for scrolling with the background graphic is fixed.

With a fixed background, the image stays put, and the content scrolls on top of it like this. Another way to add movement is with parallax scrolling, which when done well can be really wonderful. Essentially what happens with this type of scrolling is that the background images shift slower than the content in the foreground, creating this wonderful illusion of three dimensional depth. Easing is one of several popular jQuery animation effects. It's another really cool way of adding movement to a webpage.

There are tons of other really sweet effects and widgets that you can add to your webpages with jQuery. Check out the jqueryui.com website for examples. In addition, if you're developing pages in apps for mobile, definitely check out what you can do with jQuery mobile like page transitions and popups at the jquerymobile.com website. You might also really love the jQuery ThemeRoller where you can download predesigned jQuery themes for your site as well as roll your own designs.

Lastly if you're a flash action script or java script coder looking to harness your skills in the jQuery world, check out the green sock animation platform at greensock.com. With HTML 5 and CSS 3 as well as with jQuery and other code tools like greensock.com, designers are creating all kinds of great interactive, moving, and animated features to their sites. Without the use of flash. This is not to say that as a designer, you also need to be a coder or programmer.

But it does mean that you may want to familiarize yourself with some of these tools so that you can speak the same language to any programmers you might hire to assist you with these features. However, you add a sense of movement to your web projects. Remember that movement brings with it a sense of interactivity for the site visitor. Which can really help make your site more attractive and engaging.

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Design Aesthetics for Web Design

32 video lessons · 14688 viewers

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  1. 2m 8s
    1. Welcome
      38s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 30s
  2. 9m 10s
    1. Understanding aesthetics
      4m 41s
    2. Examples from art and design
      4m 29s
  3. 35m 44s
    1. Understanding the elements of design
      1m 47s
    2. Using color to set the site's mood
      5m 50s
    3. Tweaking color values to add contrast
      3m 30s
    4. Using texture to add depth
      4m 53s
    5. Repeating shapes to unify your design
      2m 43s
    6. Structuring your layout with form
      3m 50s
    7. Using space to organize your design
      4m 38s
    8. Setting boundaries with line
      4m 36s
    9. Communicating with the right fonts
      3m 57s
  4. 38m 26s
    1. Understanding the principles of design
      1m 45s
    2. Using contrast to set areas of interest
      3m 8s
    3. Applying font styles to show emphasis
      5m 23s
    4. Aligning objects to achieve balance
      4m 40s
    5. Using hyperlink styles to create a sense of unity
      4m 10s
    6. Applying background patterns to create harmony
      3m 14s
    7. Adding movement with scrolling and animation
      3m 31s
    8. Using border styles to add rhythm and repetition
      2m 57s
    9. Achieving proportion by scaling objects and text
      2m 43s
    10. Simplifying by removing the unnecessary
      3m 21s
    11. Using gradation to create perspective
      3m 34s
  5. 37m 45s
    1. Responsive web: Creating CSS for different devices
      3m 2s
    2. Composition: Using the grid to organize space
      4m 45s
    3. Typography: Choosing and using web fonts
      5m 15s
    4. Color theory: Picking harmonious colors
      4m 16s
    5. Communication: Leading viewers through a design
      6m 30s
    6. Accessibility: Using size and color effectively
      6m 10s
    7. Originality: Stepping out of the box
      7m 47s
  6. 1m 57s
    1. Next steps
      1m 57s

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