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Web Animationn - Course 2018-2019

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The course Web Animation is given at @CMDA in 2019 between 6 May and 24 May.

  • Course: Web Animation
  • Minor: Visual Interface Design (*login required)
  • Course Coordinator: Danny de Vries
  • Minor Coordinators: Nicole Frank and Marjolijn Ruyg
  • Lecturers: Danny de Vries (@dandevri) (vid-1 and vid-2)
  • Credit: 3 ECTS
  • Academic year: 2018-2019
  • Period: Quarter 3 (spring)
  • Programme: Communication and Multimedia Design (full time bachelor)
  • Language: Dutch instructions and English resources
  • Entry requirements: Admission


In Web Animation we'll create a prototype that heavily focusses on interactivity and animations using CSS animations, CSS transitions and SVG. Instead of static design and prototyping tools we'll work straight into the browser using in-browser (dev)tools.

This course is part of the Minor Visual (Interface) Design before Ontwerpen 3 alongside Web Typography, together making up Visual Interface Design 2. In ontwerpen 3 you鈥檒l apply your newfound web skills. We build further on knowledge acquired in Internetstandaarden, Inleiding Programmeren, and Blok Web.


Pick a piece of work from the Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design and translate that to the web. What happens when people hover over certain elements with their mouse? What if they press keys on their keyboard? How does it behave on different screen sizes? First try to re-create it with web technologies, then add interactivity and maybe you can even enhance the artwork with elements in the same graphical style.


  • GitHub 鈥 Main source of information, assignments, important dates, and more
  • Examples 鈥 Example code from slides
  • Moodle 鈥 Schedulers

If you have questions:


Main goals

The main goals in this course:

  • You can create different CSS transitions and animations to add interactivity
  • You can create different states with CSS pseudo-classes and transforms
  • You can tweak and adjust your prototype with in-browser tooling (devtools)
  • You can animate .SVG and know to create scalable graphics
  • You can implement new CSS3 features

Sub goals

In practice you鈥檒l learn to:

  • Layout and positioning with CSS (week 1)
  • Use CSS transforms (week 1)
  • Tweak designs with in-browser devtools (week 1)
  • Work with the box model (week 1)
  • Create states using transitions (week 2)
  • Animate using CSS animations(week 2)
  • Principles of animation with easing (week 2)
  • Add interacitivity with CSS pseudo-classes (week 2)
  • Animate scalable vector graphics (week 3)
  • Use new CSS features (week 3)

The below table breaks down the general time needed per week.

Week Effort Topic Activities
0 NaN getting started getting started
1 9:20h layout lab, lecture
2 9:20h animations lab, lecture
3 9:20h svg lab, lecture
3 NaN assessment assessment
Schedule Minor ViD schedule overview


Task Weight
Prototype (oral test) 100%
Total 100%
if (!prototype) {
  grade = 'GR'
} else if (prototype < 5.5) {
  grade = 1
} else {
  grade = (prototype > 5.5)


This course is given at Communication and Multimedia Design, a design bachelor focused on interactive digital products and services. CMD is part of the Faculty of Digital Media and Creative Industries at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.


This course has a Code of Conduct. Anyone interacting with this repository, organisation, or community is bound by it.

Staff and students of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (Hogeschool van Amsterdam) are additionally bound by the Regulation Undesirable Conduct (Regeling Ongewenst Gedrag).


MITDanny de Vries, docs and images are CC-BY-4.0.


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