Last Updated on March 16, 2019 by

Browsing the web page requires you to scroll down and up to find what you may be interested in. To make this operation funny and complete the comfortable browsing sessions, web developers and web designers have come up with different styles of scrolling techniques. Besides the infinite and the parallax scroll, they invented the animated scroll. This scrolling technique seems to be challenging the user’s psychology. The eventual advantages and the possible downsides of these techniques are in conflict. The result is a preference of usage of each style of scrolling. The animated scroll is, therefore, suitable for some businesses and is a match for some designs.

The animated scroll definition:

The animated scroll refers in reality to that type of animation that is played when you scroll the page. The event of scrolling is, therefore, the trigger of the sequence. Moreover, the animation is made up to play as long as you are scrolling. Stopping the scroll means “pause”. Reverting the scroll can revert the animation. This kind of animation resembles the parallax scroll. Yet, the case here deals with complete animation.

Types of animated scroll:

The animated scroll refers to a group of different web animations triggered by the event of scrolling.

Fade-in and fade-out:

This type of animated scroll creates the fade-in and fade-out effects when scrolling. The effects can be applied to images and to texts.


This type creates a slideshow to run at the speed of scrolling. The slideshow plays along the left-right axis.


This type of animated scroll triggers a clip to play. The clip can be video clip within a container (definite frame), and it can be an animation within the viewport as a frame.

The realization of the animated scroll:

The animated scroll or the scroll-triggered animation is achieved by implementing a script that will catch the event of scrolling the page. It will detect all the characteristic of the scrolling operation notably direction and speed.

The basic scripts of the animated scroll are written in CSS. The CSS transitions and the CSS animations are the favorite and indeed the most used to create the animated scroll, especially the fade-in and fade-out effects and the slideshow. The clips are mostly created by combining the CSS with JavaScript.

Advantages of the animated scroll:

The animated scroll has an important set of advantages. Properly applied techniques and types have great impacts.

Optimizing loading speed:

The content loads as the users scroll. This helps to reduce the amount of data to transfer from the server to the browser and, therefore, help to reduce the loading time.

Downsides of the animated scroll:

The animated scroll can create unwanted contrast within the web page. This contrast can affect the readability of the content. It can also be a distracting factor.


Really, everything has a set of good points and a set of bad points. The animated scroll is a new and innovative way of creating captivating effects on the web pages. This is in hope of optimizing the content to comply with the UX principles. However, the downsides are in relation to the variability of the users’ tastes. As long as most users like the effects, the downsides are there to push the developers’ creativity forward.