Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Faster Progress Bars

Did you know you can speed up your downloads by about 11%... without actually speeding up anything?

The trick is the way progress bars are shown. This is just another form of optical illusion, and serves to make something apparently faster or slower.
Bars pulsing faster appear to move faster, and ripples travelling opposite the bar motion also make it feel faster.

No point in not using these techniques to make users 11% less annoyed whenever they have to wait... :)

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