Loading Spinners & Animations

Over here at Print Express, we’re usually talking about print design – but we’ve got a huge love of web design too. When you’re designing a website or app, there’s all kinds of little design details that can add to the overall aesthetic. One thing that’s often neglected – particularly in app development – is the design of the loading spinner. The little animation that appears when the app loads can be an interesting place to stand out from the crowd and show off your brand in a fun and slightly unexpected way.

Loading spinners are generally a point of annoyance for end users. People don’t like to wait, and so seeing the same bland, generic loading animation becomes a point of frustration. Sadly though, there may be times when your app does need to load, and you can’t just leave your users hanging. That can be the right time to add a loading spinner that has a bit more personality to it, so that it makes for a slightly better experience.

I wanted to bring together a collection of some of the more interesting, creative and fun loading spinners I could find. Each one of these has been designed by a very talented designer (or team of designers). Some of them animate the brand’s logo while others are a fresh take on the classic loading animation design. Hopefully you’ll find that these loading animations can get you thinking about your own app or website’s loading spinners.

Boohee Loading Spinner[Above: https://dribbble.com/shots/2299630-Loading-gif]

Youku Spinner[Above: https://dribbble.com/shots/2287496-Youku-Loading]

Procrastination Spinner[Above: https://dribbble.com/shots/2289736-Procrastination-Spinner]

Avito Loading[Above: https://dribbble.com/shots/2301400-Spinner-Vlll]

Animated Spinner[Above: https://dribbble.com/shots/1795937-Animated-Spinner]

Lego Spinning Icon[Above: https://dribbble.com/shots/1901258-Lego]

Loading[Above: https://dribbble.com/shots/2198882-Wait-a-second-Spinner]

Loading Animation[Above: https://dribbble.com/shots/2266203-Spinner]

Radar Spinner[Above: https://dribbble.com/shots/1850820-Distant-Audio-Recording]

Google Concept[Above: https://dribbble.com/shots/2245419-Google-Loading-Concept]

Reuleaux Spinner[Above: https://dribbble.com/shots/1896641-Reuleaux-Spinner]

Studio Graphene Spinner[Above: https://dribbble.com/shots/1896641-Reuleaux-Spinner]

Mesh[Above: https://dribbble.com/shots/2193463-Mesh]

Loading Animation[Above: https://dribbble.com/shots/1816425-Loading-Animation-Intro]

LEGO Loading Animation[Above: https://dribbble.com/shots/1890757-Lego-Spinner]

So there you have it, our roundup of some of the more interesting and creative loading animations out there. If you know of any others, we’d love to hear about them in the comments below!

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