Web Animation Techniques Workshop by Val Head

Motion design is quickly becoming a necessary skill for anyone working on the web today. Designers and developers across the web are embracing the the power of web animation to engage and communicate.

This workshop will get you started with the essentials of web animation. It covers the basics of motion design theory as it applies to the web, and how to use animation to improve the user experience. In addition to the theory, we’ll use hands-on exercises to explore the similarities and difference of animating with CSS, JavaScript, and SVG. You’ll leave knowing how to bring your work to life with motion in meaningful ways and which web animation tool to use to get it done.

This workshop is for front end developers and web designers looking to dig into the code side of web animation while making quality motion design decisions for their work.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

Animating in CSS vs JavaScript
Using hands-on code exercises we’ll look at what animation tasks each of these are best at, how to choose between the two and how they can work together.

Animation and performance
Animation can have both real and perceived effects on performance. We’ll cover which properties browsers can animated most efficiently and how to improve perceived performance by adding animation.

Where animation can improve UX
A quick look at the specific design problems animation can solve through providing feedback, exposing causality, orientation, showing relationships and demonstrating.

Classic animation techniques worth stealing
The “12 classic principles” and other useful animation techniques. We’ll look at the short list of ones matter most and how they translate to UX and the digital space.

Principles of interactive animation
There is more to consider than just the classic principles for interface animation. Animation should never get in the way of the task at hand. Val will show you how to be sure you’re animations are interruptible, non-blocking, and appropriately timed for interaction.

SVG Animation Basics
We’ll animate SVG via CSS and Greensock and cover the most foolproof ways to animated SVG despite differences in browser support.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR THE WORKSHOP

No prior experience with web animation is required, but a solid foundation in HTML and CSS is recommended. Familiarity with JavaScript is helpful but not required.

A laptop with a text editor and a current version of Chrome or Firefox will be needed to participate in the workshop exercises. A (free) Codepen.io account will also be helpful. We’ll be using that for the exercises and demos.

ABOUT VAL HEAD

Val Head is a web animation expert, author, and Design Evangelist at Adobe. She is the author of Designing Interface Animation, published by Rosenfeld Media, teaches CSS Animation on lynda.com, and curates the weekly UI Animation Newsletter.

REGISTER TODAY

Get your ticket on our Eventbrite page today. Early Bird pricing is $75. The event is a full-day workshop, and will be held at Domi Station on Thursday, Nov 16.

Anyone who signs up as an “Early Bird” will also be entered into a drawing to win a signed copy of Val’s Designing Interface Animation book. Also, we’ll have coffee and snacks on hand before the workshop starts and lunch provided during the afternoon break.

An Evening with Frame

Frame: A Production Company

UPDATE: We’ve changed the venue to Proof Brewing Company in Railroad Square, and instead of a more “official” presentation, we’re going to have an informal chat with Patrick Gines (Frame’s Creative Director).


The estimates are in: by 2019, video will account for 80% of all internet traffic. When it comes to communicating content on web and mobile apps, video is king. But not all video is created equal.

On September 21, Refresh Tallahassee and Frame invite you to join the discussion and learn how you can leverage video in your projects. Frame is a team of filmmakers from across the country, brought to Tallahassee because of the FSU Film School. Gifted content creators, Frame makes commercials, brand films and documentaries. Frame believes in creating national quality content while keeping the talent here, in Tallahassee. Join us to learn how you can use video to capture the attention of your audience, to connect with them, and to move them to action.

Date: Thursday, September 21, 2017
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Location: Proof Brewing Company in Railroad Square
RSVP: Visit our Meetup page to RSVP. Thx!

The Circular Design Guide

The Circular Design Guide, created in collaboration between the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and IDEO was created to help innovators create more elegant, effective, creative solutions for the circular economy. Solutions that are invaluable for people, give businesses a competitive advantage, and are regenerative for our world… Understand > Define > Make > Release > (repeat).

Prototyping with InVision

Protoyping with InVision

Rapid prototyping is one of the most powerful tools to quickly refine a design within an interactive context, and one of the most popular tools out there is InVision. We’ve invited Eric Thomas to come and give a high-level overview of adding InVision to your design workflow. In addition to a summary of his workshop at Design Week Tallahassee, he’ll also discuss new features released since last October.

Eric is a leader in Tallahassee’s design community, and is the cofounder of UnderStory. You can learn more about Eric on the UnderStory site, LinkedIn, and Dribble.

Visit our Meetup Event Page for more details. I hope you can join us!

Date: Friday, January 27, 2017
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Venue: Domi Station

P.S. For those who have the extra time, we’ll be having an informal after-party at GrassLands Brewing Company immediately afterwards.

P.P.S. This event is free, but “chipping in” (green button on the left of the Meetup Event Page) is highly appreciated! Your continued support keeps us going and helps us grow.