Web Designer Issue 279

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Published 18th September

Animation has become a first-class citizen of the web. It is not some novelty looking for support from browsers and creators. It can be found in every corner of the web and is lighting up the user experience. 

Web animations come in many forms. There are extravagant full-page designs that offer the wow factor, and there are functional UI animations that ensure the user is getting a little extra to improve their experience. 

In our latest lead feature we have employed a trio of talent that have been working in the world of animation for as long as we can remember: Chris Gannon is an award-winning freelance interactive designer, illustrator and animator who offers excellent advice on how to approach the art of animation. Keeping him company we have regular Richard Mattka who shows how to get started with the HTML animation library GreenSock. And finishing up we have Supremo designer Dan Heywood who offers some inspirational examples and the best sources to follow on Twitter.

Elsewhere, we move on to mobile and provide a host of PWA tips to power up your mobile (and desktop) apps to ensure that users get the best experience possible.

On the development side we take a closer look at Express.js, the fast, unopinionated, minimalist web framework for Node.js. And on page 56 you can find out why variable fonts are such big news.