Animation 25 Years Later:
New Roles and Opportunities

Animations are commonplace in today’s user interfaces. From bouncing icons that catch attention, to transitions helping with orientation, to tutorials, animations can serve numerous purposes. We revisit Baecker and Small’s pioneering work Animation at the Interface, 25 years later. We reviewed academic publications and commercial systems, and interviewed professionals of various backgrounds.

The details of these interviews are provided here:

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Our insights led to an expanded set of roles played by animation in interfaces today for keeping in context, teaching, improving user experience, data encoding and visual discourse. In the paper we illustrate each role with examples from practice and research, discuss evaluation methods and point to opportunities for future research. This expanded description of roles aims at inspiring the HCI research community to find novel uses of animation, guide them towards evaluation and spark further research.

This is the companion webpage of the following paper:

Fanny Chevalier, Nathalie Henry-Riche, Catherine Plaisant, Amira Chalbi, Christophe Hurter.
Animations 25 Years Later : New Roles and Opportunities.
Proc. of International Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces AVI’16 (2016) 280-287 Logo

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Fanny Chevalier
Nathalie Henry Riche
Catherine Plaisant
Amira Chalbi
Christophe Hurter (Web Update)

We would like to thanks the numerous researchers who helped us to gather animation roles and opportunities:

Jeremy Boy, HCI researcher and designer, ONU
Olfa Daassi, PhD, Assistant Professor, Tunisia
Fan Du, PHd student in Visualization, University of Maryland, USA
Nicholas Fellion, Master student in HCI, University of Carleton
Alix Goguey, PhD student in HCI, Inria
Shamsi Iqbal, HCI researcher, Microsoft
Sylvain Malacria, Research Scientist, Inria
Justin Mathew, PhD student in HCI, Inria
Nesrine Mezhoudi, PhD student in HCI, UCL
Argyro Moraiti, UX Designer, Belgium
Izzatbek Mukhanov, Engineer, Inria
Van Nguyen, Master degree in HCI, Engineer, Vietnam
Mathieu Nancel, PhD, Post-Doc, Aalto University
Olutosin Oduwole, Master degree in HCI, Engineer, France
Michel Pahud, developer, Microsoft
Sébastien Poulmane, Engineer, Inria
Thibault Raffaillac, PhD student in HCI, Inria
Yann Riche, UX researcher, Google
Akrem Salem, PhD, 3D expert
Ben Shneiderman, Professor, University of Maryland, USA
Thanasis Taousakos, Master degree in HCI
Sarah Williams, UX designer, Google