23 Jul Animated Dots Icon
So, there I was, having a casual call with a friend of mine a few days ago. We used Skype to share some files, when I noticed that program has a circular processing/loading icon, which consists of a chain of small dots, running one after another. It looked nice and I wondered if I could replicate that in Famo.us.
First I needed to make one single dot. I decided to use a simple square white surface. If you set the border radius to half of the surface size, it will round it to the point that your square surface will become a circle:
I called them joints, as in joints of a chain. The joint.counter will contain the dot’s incremental step. We will use it to know the next angle the node should be rotated.
I also wanted to make the dots to be gradually smaller in size, so that the very first one would be the largest and the last one would be the smallest. To achieve it, I simply reduced the size of each new dot and node being added in the loop, which you have just seen above:
Now, what is left is to loop our animation. Since all of the dots move at different speeds, I accomplish it with a check on ‘prerender’: if the first dot is idle (not moving) and the last dot is idle, then start moving all the dots. I would make a duration of the transition for each consequent dot just a little bit longer, so that they don’t move at the same speed and give me the effect I am after:
And that’s pretty much it! Feel free to rip it apart and use the bits you need 🙂 Here is the final result:
And here is one with the change from talve: