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CSS Flex Explained in 1 Animation

A picture is worth a thousand words!

How many an animation?

Today I have this simple write-up. It explains how justify-content property works in CSS flex. So techincally it's not all of flex. But it does capture a large chunk of its functionality.

CSS Flex justify-content animation

There is a lot you can learn about flex just from watching this animation. I think spacing items is at the core of Flex functionality. So I made this animation to demonstrate that.

Note this won't work when flex-wrap: wrap is applied, as it will create a line break once the content no longer fits on one row. (Not shown here.)

How It Was Made

Each lane is just an CSS Flex container with styled items.
It was animated using jQuery .animation() with easeOutBounce effect.

CSS animation could have been used here, but jQuery animation uses a better bounce effect that would be too time consuming to recreate using beizer curve or CSS's @keyframes directive.

I recorded the video with OBS Studio which you can see in my tweet.

The GIF animation in this tutorial was created using ScreenToGif software.

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