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Sarah Drasner

DOM Blacksmith, UX Smelter, Code Forger.

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The Making of the CSS-Tricks Logo Easter Egg Animation

When Chris first started the CSS-Tricks redesign, he came to me with some screenshots of the direction it was headed in, and suggested that I make an animation for the logo as part of the design refresh. I was excited about this project, and my mind immediately started to shuffle through possible animation and interaction.

I’ve been working a ton with the GreenSock Animation Platform and SVG lately. If you are not aware of it, is worth checking out. It’s … Read article

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The Importance of Context-Shifting in UX Patterns

Have you ever had a day at work where you were constantly put towards a new task as you were ramping up on the current one? It feels jarring at best, and completely frustrating and time-wasting at worst. In recent years, employers at big companies have begun to consider the cost of context-shifting—the time spent re-adjusting your brain to a different task adds up, causes frustration in employees, and thus: loses money. It follows that User Experience on a website … Read article

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“Shake” CSS Keyframe Animation

This assumes the use of an autoprefixer.

.face:hover {
  animation: shake 0.82s cubic-bezier(.36,.07,.19,.97) both;
  transform: translate3d(0, 0, 0);
  backface-visibility: hidden;
  perspective: 1000px;
}

@keyframes shake {
  10%, 90% {
    transform: translate3d(-1px, 0, 0);
  }
  
  20%, 80% {
    transform: translate3d(2px, 0, 0);
  }

  30%, 50%, 70% {
    transform: translate3d(-4px, 0, 0);
  }

  40%, 60% {
    transform: translate3d(4px, 0, 0);
  }
}

See the Pen "Shake" CSS snippet for CSS-Tricks by Sarah Drasner (@sdras) on CodePen.… Read article

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Debugging CSS Keyframe Animations

Creating CSS animations may be about learning the syntax, but mastering a beautiful and intuitive-feeling animation requires a bit more nuance. Since animations command so much attention, it's important to refine our code to get the timing right and debug things when they go wrong. After tackling this problem myself, I thought I'd collect some of the tools that exist to aid in this process.… Read article

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