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Which dev.to loading GIF do you prefer?

chipd profile image Chris Dermody ・2 min read

So I've gone ahead and made some dev.to loading gifs based on the logo. Which one's your favourite?
This large gif is a bit choppy - see the actual gifs further below ;)

Which one is best?

Whenever I start a side product, one of the first things that pops into my mind is the loading animation. Lately, I've found a nice tool that I'd like to share called Anima. It's a sketch plugin that lets you animate things like this. It's quite powerful and I'm still discovering more about the tool every week.

If anyone's interested, I'll make a quick tutorial showing how to make the GIF everyone likes, and maybe then I'll jump in and try contribute to the project on Github - that'd be cool :)

My first thoughts were what if the "V" moved to the left, replicating a console, and then "loading" just scrolled across...

I quite like this, but it wasn't quite right. After chatting with my lady friend (who's also a dev, hey Catia 😘), she suggested doing something like "npm run DEV" - which I really like the idea of. So, we came up with:

And a slight variation on that

Some other options

It's always good to have options! While building the above, I thought what if I just faded the letters in and out sequentially. So:

And another version of the above

Which do you prefer?

I know which is my favourite, but let me know what you think is best, and obviously if you've any ideas for how to improve it, lemme know.

PS: you can check out some of my other animations over here, like:

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Sebastian Vargr

Pulse 1 or 2 definitely.

The others are animated with sudden stops or are cramped with too much going on imho.

They all look nice tho. :)

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Justin

Agreed 100%, with a preference for Pulse 1 because Pulse 2's animation seems too quick.

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Chris Dermody Author

Yep I agree actually. I thought I'd like the npm one more cos its clever. But as an actual loading icon the pulse is cleaner and simpler...

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Luke Inglis • Edited

If there is one thing I've learned in my years of development work it's that clever is rarely a good thing.

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Robin Kretzschmar • Edited

The first one is the one that I like the most!

Great work with all of them, but this one attracted my attention the most 😊

I like the idea of creation such a loading animation, maybe you can propose this via a github pull request.

EDIT: I'd love to read an article about Anima!

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Ben Halpern

I agree. Overall the V being used as a command prompt arrow is genius!

Maybe in place of the loading there could also be one with a blinking thick cursor like the command line?

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Chris Dermody Author

This is why I stopped iterating and wanted to share. Didn't think of this. Lemme see what I can do 🙌🏼🙌🏼

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Robin Kretzschmar • Edited

I'm curious! 😎

Maybe the V can turn in a way that one side of the V becomes the cursor (it splits during the turning). Just an idea :)

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Robin Kretzschmar

Even better idea with the blinking cursor! This connects even more to the developmer-terminal-feeling.

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Phil Nash

Same wavelength here. I was going to comment "how about a blinking cursor instead of the text 'loading'" and I'm glad I read the comments first!

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Stephen E. Chiang

I'm definitely drawn to the loading and pulse 1...I think the sweet spot might be somewhere between or combined.

🍻

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Michael Tharrington (he/him)

Such a fan of this one!!

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Abe Dolinger

I like Pulse 1, and I would love "Loading..." if it didn't have the word "loading" scrolling across. Let me crudely mock up the keyframes in ASCII here, that's what you wanted, right?

// open is the same
DEV
// v transition
>
// dots appear/pulse
>...
// dots disappear
>
// v transition happens in reverse
DEV
//repeat
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Chris Dermody Author

Interesting! Not very difficult to do given what I've got so far...

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Henry Quinn

The NPM ones are making some assumptions that everyone here is a web dev. :P

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Chris Dermody Author

yeah true - sorry it's just a command I'm most familiar with and wanted to try. is there a command that's more universal?

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Henry Quinn

Just saying there are Python and Go developers, DevOps engineers, people who primarily do C++ API's or whatever.

NPM is specific to JavaScript. And usually web specific at that.

The other ones are cool, though!

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Alexey Mironov

I'd say, npm is specific to npm. There are web developers who use yarn or pnpm as well. :)

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Henry Quinn

The Node Package Manager is, in fact, specific to JavaScript.

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Muhimen

Maybe then git clone?

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Artur Muniz

I guess make is more universal

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Muhimen

Nope I am not a web dev. I write AI, ML and all that stuff. 😁

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David J Eddy

Option 1. Nice and smooth, requires the lowest amount of eye strain to comprehend.

I like the animation of option 5 and 6 but using npm exclusively is alienating. Maybe if we have npm, gem, composer, helm, etc; sure.

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Chris Dermody Author

Your comment about eye strain makes sense actually, there's a lot of quick movement that makes your brain work hard.... interesting. Also yeah NPM could be a bit alienating now that you mention it...

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Guillaume Martigny

If you want to use the clever link between the V and a command prompt, why not do a classic CLI loading animation? I'm thinking of the spiny bars (-\¦/-...) or the newer walking dots (github.com/sindresorhus/ora)

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Chris Dermody Author

oooh this is nice - good idea!

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Nicolas Bailly

The first one is very original, I like it. But honestly the Pulse 1 just looks better.

I don't really like the "npm run dev" idea because it gives the impression that this is a node.js community. Why not "go dev", "python dev", or "php artisan dev" ?

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Michiel Hendriks

I like the idea of the command prompt. What if after rotating the V you zoom out (so it becomes tiny) and a command is executed which then makes output scroll to the bottom. So the black dev rectangle is like a tiny computer terminal. It could end with the big DEV text eventually appearing on the screen.

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Chris Dermody Author

That's interesting - although the logo is small enough, I'm not sure I can make it work, but I might try that. What command would you recommend?

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Michiel Hendriks

If it's tiny enough you can't make up the command which was entered. But maybe something like

> make community
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Utkarsh Talwar

Great work! I think the first one looks best!

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Simon Aronsson

Pulse 1. Love the terminal ones but there is too much going on for a loading indicator. I would probably ask “why don’t you put all those cpu cycles into loading instead of wasting them on playing this indicator animation” - even if I know that it makes no sense. Good job though! All are 👍🏻💪🏻

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Casey Brooks

I like Pulse 1. Simple and subtle.

The others look really nice, but I think they're just a bit too "busy" for a loader icon. They might work well for a splash screen that shows the animation once, but on a loop, they strike me as a bit too much. Part of this is because they are fairly long animations which might not complete by the time the background loading finishes, and I wouldn't want to miss the end of the animation!

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Chris Dermody Author

haha true yep - and I sortof agree - the simplest pulsing animation conveys that something's happening while also not making your eye work too hard...

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Quentame

npm run DEV v3

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fischgeek

I like the first Loading one or Pulse 1. While npm is clever and gave me a chuckle, I don't think it's appropriate. Unless they are sponsoring or you're promoting them in some way.

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Chris Dermody Author

No sponsor or anything no, just what I'm used to using and wanted to try out.

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fischgeek

Still cool nonetheless!

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Ryan Palo

Pulse 1 is my favorite. Not a huge fan of the npm run ones, but the "loading" one is pretty good too!

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Mugtaba G

I really like NPM RUN v2, I like the smooth continuity and readability, plus it's very relatable~

I see that you were considering some minimalistic/simple ideas with the pulses & whatnot. Here's an idea: why not use cursors? I feel like cursors would be the most widely relatable, identifiable and can be simple. You could have for e.g.:

  • a cursor simply blinking at the end of "DEV" (very short loop)
  • a cursor at the end of "DEV" that types ".to" and erases it again
  • something with highlighting &/or editing, maybe writing a tag that's maybe auto-completed by the editor

Either way, really nice work.

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Drew Bragg

Dude, these are awesome! Nice work, very creative. Personally, I like pulse 1 the best but they are super neat. Some of the other ideas people have commented about sound awesome. I can't wait to see what else you build.

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Chris Allnutt

Loading or Pulse1 . I don't like the npm inclusion in the others on a platform meant to discuss any number of stacks.

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mememe

Definitely 1

I also like it because it looks like a generic loader.

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Phillip Smith

The first one - Loading. I don't like the pulse style in general and the npm run ones are suggest DEV is platform specific or has preference towards a particular platform.

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Django Janny

My favorite one is "Phase One". It's simple, yet efficient, and not too quick compared to "Phase Two".

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Andrew (he/him)

Pulse 1, for sure

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Ricardo N Feliciano

The others are very creative but pulse 1 feels the best.

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michelemauro

The Loading one.

The npm ones are too much tech-specific, and the Pulse ones seem quite plain. The V-to-command prompt is brilliant!

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RwkY

The loading one, is clean and accurate.

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Anthony

Pulse 2 :D

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Steve Belovarich

The first option but without LOADING. Just dots please. It still conveys the message.

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Shannon Crabill

Pulse 1. It's so seamless.

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Weston Wedding

I like a the speed of Pulse 2 but with the frames of Pulse 1! I can almost hear the dance music beat but the reset/loop point feels harsh to me.

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Paul Caoile

I go with the first one. No doubt.

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Erhan Kılıç • Edited

First one is great. I don't like the npm run versions.

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Sebastijan Grabar

Pulse 1 is the most eye comforting, but I got to say that it reminds me a little too much of the facebook loading spinner.

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ajayadav09

Loading Icon, the first one. Although would prefer a cleverer animation instead of the loading text

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sur0g

Pulse 1

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Mike Healy

Pulse 1 is objectively the best

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Oliver

I like pulse 1 the best, I would love NPM run v1 because I think it's super clever but it's a bit too fast for me so it ends up being a bit dizzy.

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Khalyomede • Edited

Definitively the first one: loading!

Clever way to swap the V to make it look like the command line invite!

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Stephen Charles Weiss

Could you make Loading... just the > and the ... ? Might like that :)

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Dan Silcox

I like the first one or the pulsing dev 1 - now we just need a real dev.to CLI tool... 😂

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Javid Askerov

Pulse 1 or 2. All others are a bit too much, maybe.

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Ahmad Shahzad

Too fast; eyes hurt. Pulse 1 is good.

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Amara Graham

Pulse 1, but they all look awesome!

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Clive Da

loved it so much i cloned it

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Paul Melero

They are great but could use a little bit more of "easing". Seem too linear ;)

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Chris Dermody Author

Not a bad idea!

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Andreas Møller

You should listen to your lady friend... Obviously!

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Ryan McGovern

Pulse 1 looks the best IMO.

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Jordan Kicklighter

Pulse 1 is what I'd prefer in an app, but I love the creativity of the rest

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Joe Erickson

I like the first LOADING... icon, but that could get distracting fast. The pulse is very easy on the eyes and unobtrusive. Definitely the first pluse. The faster one causes me some anxiety.

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Chris Dermody Author

Haha yeah I feel that anxiety alright! :D

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