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Add impact to your animated banner ads by designing in reverse

Added on Thursday 16th of September 2010 03:54 am EST
 

When you’re designing an animated banner ad, a great way to produce the maximum impact is to design the last frame first. You might think it’s crazy not to start at the beginning, but it’s precisely the way to get a solid ending. There are a number of reasons for this technique:

• Your ad probably won’t loop for more than a few rotations, so inevitably, it will wind up being static on the last frame at some point.

• While the page is loading, the viewer is probably looking for a search button or quick information on the page he intended to visit, rather than digesting your ad. It’s likely he’ll miss the first few frames or even the first full rotation of your ad.

• When the ad stops, the viewer won’t see it replayed unless he refreshes the page.

• If your ad is on...