Skeletons are the internal framework that support the structure of an animal. In popular media and online, undead creatures are often depicted as animated skeletons and are associated with the annual Halloween celebration. On October 10th, , YouTuber lethaledge25 uploaded a video titled "Skeleton Dance," in which a skeleton puppet performs a dance orchestrated by a street performer shown below, left. In nine years, the video received upwards of 2. On September 7th, , YouTuber Super Simple Songs uploaded an animated music video titled "The Skeleton Dance", which gathered over 30 million views and 1, comments in the next five years shown below, right. On October 20th, , the "Will it Blend" web series uploaded a video in which a skeleton Halloween prop is pureed in a blender shown below, left. In four years, the video received more than 2. On October 1st, , YouTuber MagicofRahat uploaded a video titled "Drive Thru Skeleton Prank," in which he drives up to fast food restaurants with a skeleton in the driver's seat shown below, right. In the first year, the video gained over On Tumblr , many users post photos and animated GIFs featuring skeletons under the tag " sc" short for " Skeleton Collective.
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Designing loading states on the web is often overlooked or dismissed as an afterthought. Performance is not only a developer's responsibility, building an experience that works with slow connections can be a design challenge as well. While developers need to pay attention to things like minification and caching, designers have to think about how the UI will look and behave while it is in a "loading" or "offline" state. As our expectations for mobile experiences change, so does our understanding of performance. People expect web apps to feel just as snappy and responsive as native apps, regardless of their current network coverage. Perceived performance is a measure of how fast something feels to the user. The idea is that users are more patient and will think of a system as faster if they know what's going on and can anticipate content before it's actually there. It's a lot about managing expectations and keeping the user informed.
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Learn more and introduce yourself. Facebook and Google use skeleton screens to make their apps feel faster. Should you be using them too?
Y ears ago, I wrote about Designing for the Appearance of Speed , outlining some impetus and methods for creating the illusion of short page load times in apps and on the web. Skeleton screens in different shapes and sizes are seemingly found everywhere across the web and apps — anywhere humans are forced to wait. But do they actually work? Initially, spinners were used to indicate that a web view was loading in. Luke said it best:. We focused on the indicator and not the progress. To mitigate focus on the loading process, versus the actual content that is loading, Wroblewski introduced a novel new design pattern — the skeleton screen. Shifting our focus to the content being loaded, and away from the actual loading itself — an almost Dickensian red herring. Initially, spinners were used in the Polar app to communicate to users when the web view was pulling from a server. Spinners and progress bars are explicit loading paradigms in that they focus the user on communicating a loading period and, more often than not, are blocking user interaction until a layout has loaded enough to be useful.