Val Head - Designer, Consultant and Speaker.

The CSS Animations Pocket Guide

CSS Animations: cover and inside pages Available from Five Simple Steps

My publisher has been brought back to life by some super smart folks. Yay! My book is now back for sale from them with a print version now available too. This post has the whole story of my going without a publisher and giving my book away as pay-what-you’d like for a few months.

CSS animations open up a whole new way to look at and use CSS to bring motion to the web in creative ways. This Pocket Guide is designed to help you jump into using CSS animations in your own projects, providing a strong foundation on which to start experimenting and creating.

In this book Val covers the basics of CSS animations, walking you through a series of examples, and discussing practical considerations for dealing with browsers and fallbacks. You'll have everything you need to start playing with CSS animations in just a couple of hours.

Who should read this book?

This is a book for web designers or developers who are new to CSS animations and want to start using them in their own work or experiments.

Topics include:

Part 1: CSS Animation Basics

An explanation of the basic building blocks for creating animations with CSS.

Part 2: Exploring animation properties

Slightly more advanced and highly useful properties like animation-direction, animation-delay and animation-fill-mode give you more fine-tuned control over your animations. This section shows how and when to use these properties.

Part 3: Understanding Easing

Where an object goes is important, but how it gets there is even more important. This section covers the details of the easing keywords and custom bezier functions.

Part 4: Common Animation Tasks

This section puts our CSS animation knowledge so far into practice, going into the details behind four example animations: an infinitely looping animation, animating with steps, using animation-play-state and applying multiple animations to one object.

Part 5: Performance and browser support

This section looks at the practical aspects of using CSS animations in production work. It covers how to determine browser support and what to consider when choosing your approach to fallbacks.

CSS Animations: chapter one title page.

About Val

Val Head is a designer and consultant based in Philadelphia. Her work ranges from projects on the web to interactive installations to print. She is the author of The Pocket Guide to CSS Animations from Five Simple Steps and CSS Animations on You can find her on stage speaking at events like An Event Apart and encouraging others to do the same as the co-host of the Ladies in Tech podcast. She’s on the Future Insights advisory board, founded the popular Web Design Day conference, and leads workshops around the world on animation for the web and creative coding.