Top 5 Micro Interactions
Micro-interactions are a big part of a website. It’s what makes it interesting and engaging for the user as well as making the website more user-friendly, guiding visitors from page to page with clever animations and triggers.
However, it has been known that sometimes developers can go over the top which can not only slow a website down significantly but make a website look cluttered and detract from the product or service the business is trying to showcase. Incorporating micro-interactions and page movement on websites is a fantastic idea and can really help make a website feel complete. However, it is important that we don’t over do it and risk jeopardising the user’s experience.
With that being said, take a look at our top 5 micro-interaction features on websites, starting with:
- Countdown clock. This clock animation is a great addition for any website using a countdown, possibly to an event or to the end of a sale. It’s a great way to keep the user’s attention whilst displaying important information in a visually pleasing way. https://codepen.io/animatedcreativity/pen/GPZMxB
- Lazy loaders. These are simply pages that load as you scroll down them. Although our example was published in 2014, we still love the way the page loads as you scroll down. The gradual emergence of the article as you scroll adds movement and intrigue to a page that would otherwise appear as a standard block of text following a simple click on the title. This feature helps to take a website which may appear similar to others and adding a completely different dimension causing it to stand out from the crowd. https://tympanus.net/Development/ArticleIntroEffects/
- Search Bar. This creative search functionality example not only looks fantastic and stands out from a regular, standard search bar, but it saves the user space by not having the full search bar on show until the button is clicked. The colours can be modified in the code in order to add an element of personality and keep the function in line with the rest of your websites colour scheme. https://codepen.io/himalayasingh/pen/NLmeyJ?page=1&
- Hover css. This source has various different styles for buttons and hover effects on images and icons. Essentially, it adds movement to buttons and images when the users hovers over them. The example demonstrates how this small functionality can add sophistication to a webpage. It’s also very reasonably priced and easy for developers to use. http://ianlunn.github.io/Hover/
- Filtering. We love using this really smart and attractive filter here at Zero Above. Using categories from WordPress we are able to create unique, clean and smooth animated filters which work across all browsers and platforms. The example attached is a fantastic demonstration of how user friendly and visually pleasing this function really is. https://isotope.metafizzy.co/filtering.html