A Loading Spinner slows down time. Here’s what you can use instead.

Nattu
Nattu
Oct 8, 2018 · 3 min read

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Have you ever noticed that when you are deliberately starring at the clock or thinking about the seconds, time slows down? Or how quickly it flies by when you’re having fun? This exact same thing happens when you look at a loading spinner on your screen. The loading spinner is the only thing standing in between the user and where they want to go, and so they notice every turn of every millisecond stretched across infinity. It’s one of the surest and fastest ways of losing some of your best users.

But if you need to use an animation to buffer the time your users actually spend waiting — here are some alternatives we think can help your users notice time slip by a little less.

All of these animations are made with Lottie, so they’re sure to run smoothly on Web, Android, iOS and more.

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Geometry by Miljan Micunovic (58KB). https://www.lottiefiles.com/2844-geometry
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Green Monster by hoanhbc (38KB) https://www.lottiefiles.com/2833-green-monster
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Loader (13KB) https://www.lottiefiles.com/35-loader
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ServisHero Loading by Nattu Adnan (76KB) https://www.lottiefiles.com/159-servishero-loading
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LEGO Loader by Chris Gannon (135KB) https://www.lottiefiles.com/410-lego-loader
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cloud loader v1 by Nic Grobler (7KB) https://www.lottiefiles.com/2322-cloud-loader-v1
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Loading circle by Paramesh Vadivel (4KB) https://www.lottiefiles.com/847-loading-circle
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Loading by Luisa Fernanda Bolaños Beltrán (11KB) https://www.lottiefiles.com/935-loading
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Loader by Imran Khan (4KB) https://www.lottiefiles.com/2163-loader
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Stick and ball by Krystof (5KB) https://www.lottiefiles.com/462-stick-and-ball
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Square Drop Loader by Chris Gannon (63KB) https://www.lottiefiles.com/252-square-drop-loader
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Ice cream animation by Weifeng (14KB) https://www.lottiefiles.com/726-ice-cream-animation
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Loading Semicircle by Shan (8KB) https://www.lottiefiles.com/57-loading-semicircle
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Circle Loading by Paramesh Vadivel (2KB) https://www.lottiefiles.com/700-circle-loading
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DNA loader by Jignesh Gajjar (591KB) https://www.lottiefiles.com/2140-dna-loader
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Inattentive by Al Boardman (28KB) https://www.lottiefiles.com/990-inattentive
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Dyslexia by Al Boardman (19KB) https://www.lottiefiles.com/991-dyslexia
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Estimate by Al Boardman (28KB) https://www.lottiefiles.com/987-estimate

Customise the colours to fit your theme

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Use Lottie Editor to customise the colours of your animation. https://editor.lottiefiles.com

How to use these animations on your projects.

For tonnes of Free Animations and to test and privately share your animations with your colleagues, check out https://www.lottiefiles.com

Lottie Files

LottieFiles is a collection of curated animation files for…

Nattu

Written by

Nattu

Explorer, photographer by passion from the islands of Maldives. Product Designer @mindvalley . Co-founded @lottiefiles. Formerly @ServisHero, @socarmalaysia

Lottie Files

LottieFiles is a collection of curated animation files for Lottie (Airbnb). Use these and make your Apps and the internet prettier.

Nattu

Written by

Nattu

Explorer, photographer by passion from the islands of Maldives. Product Designer @mindvalley . Co-founded @lottiefiles. Formerly @ServisHero, @socarmalaysia

Lottie Files

LottieFiles is a collection of curated animation files for Lottie (Airbnb). Use these and make your Apps and the internet prettier.

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