Algorithms for Animation - Simple formulas to activate your UI

Courtney Hemphill (Carbon Five)
1:30pm–2:00pm Wednesday, 04/22/2015
Interface and experience design
Location: Salon 9
Average rating: ****.
(4.11, 9 ratings)
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Animations don’t just make things look cool, they provide context and additional details. Animations give us a third dimension with which to communicate: time. The real world doesn’t move in a perfectly linear fashion and when we see things that do, it feels awkward and unnatural. With motion, the difference between dull and delightful often comes down to the math.

This talk walks you through the basic principles of animation design and the simple formulas that can be used to create robust animations. With a quick introduction into interpolation, easing and sequencing you will learn how to create a lot of effects with just a little code. We will also discuss performance considerations when using CSS and JS and current browser capabilities.


Some very basic knowledge of CSS, HTML and Javascript.

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Courtney Hemphill

Carbon Five

Courtney Hemphill is a Partner and Tech Lead at Carbon Five in San Francisco, CA. Over the past 10+ years, Courtney has worked on teams of developers and designers using full stack technology on web and mobile projects for clients including Autodesk, Skype, SFMOMA, and Sharethrough.

An outspoken advocate for integrating design processes into quick development cycles, Courtney and the teams at Carbon Five are focused on crafting applications that are tested automatically through code as well as through interactions with real customers. She also coaches and speaks about techniques that optimize this feedback loop.

Courtney coordinates Carbon Five’s Tinderbox events, the SOTP Innovation Series with Autodesk and frequently contributes to the Women Who Code and RailsBridge organizations. She often travels to speak and mentor at both design and development conferences such as SXSW, HTML5DevConf, ForwardJS, and GOTO Conferences worldwide. Courtney also finds a healthy amount of time to unplug from the internets, traveling in search of the best rock climbing spots in the world, always returning to her primary stomping ground in Yosemite Valley.