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Discussion on: Why animations are not used so often?

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Josh Hadik • Edited

I think a big part of it has to do with simplicity.

One of the most common UX mistakes beginners make (I know because I did it... alot) is to try to make websites look as ‘pretty’ as possible by filling space with pictures, icons, animations, etc.

This usually isn’t the right approach. You shouldn’t be focusing so much on how to make a webpage look pretty, and more on how you can lead users from where they are to where they want to be as quickly and inuitively as possible.

This doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with it, and it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use images or animations ever, you just have to ask yourself, does <insert thing you want to implement> add or detract from the end user’s experience? And, unless executed to perfection, animations often end up creating more confusion then they’re worth.