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CSS Animations and Transitions you own this product

basic HTML • basic SVG • basic CSS • intermediate JavaScript
skills learned
use CSS hover and focus pseudo-classes • use transitions • animate SVGs • show/hide elements • use of JavaScript to support CSS animations
Martine Dowden
4 weeks · 6-8 hours per week average · INTERMEDIATE

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In this liveProject series, you’ll play the role of a frontend developer hired by Max, the owner of My Little Cookie Shop, to take his website to the next level. A competing bakery has opened across the street and Max wants to make sure his competitive edge doesn’t crumble. Using CSS, you’ll add transitions and animations to My Little Cookie Shop’s UI, making it shine while providing a more fluid experience for the user.

These projects are designed for learning purposes and are not complete, production-ready applications or solutions.

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Project 1 Transitions

Help Max, the owner of My Little Cookie Shop, sharpen his competitive edge. He’s hired you to upgrade his store’s website with hovers. Using the provided design file as your guide for what each state should look like, you’ll ensure the user can easily see what’s clickable and provide a smooth transition from one state to another. You can use the provided HTML and base CSS, but you’re welcome to deviate from that if you’d like to get more creative.

Project 2 Animating SVGs

Bring My Little Cookie Shop’s logo to life.The website already looks pretty nice, but Max, the owner, has hired you to sweeten it even more. Using keyframes and CSS properties within the SVG code itself, you’ll animate the logo with blinking stars and rotating text, then create the illusion of drawing a path. The logo includes two thin circles around a central design; you will make it look like those circles are being drawn and erased as the animation loops.

Project 3 Showing and Hiding Elements

My Little Cookie Shop’s website looks pretty nice, but there’s a problem with an accordion feature on the store’s page. Instead of allowing the user to expand or collapse pastry categories, the content abruptly appears and vanishes. To make sure Max’s competitive edge doesn’t vanish, too, you’ll make the sections glide open and close, as well as fix an arrow’s rotation problems, using CSS and JavaScript. Also, to respect all users, you’ll use media query to disable animations for users whose browser settings indicate they prefer reduced motion.

Project 4 Complex Transitions

Max, the owner of My Little Cookie Shop, wants to take his online menu from meh to marvelous. Using CSS, you’ll style and animate the pastry pictures so that they flip around when clicked, revealing the details on the back, just like a real-world, three-dimensional card. Also, to respect all users, you’ll use media query to disable animations for users whose browser settings indicate they prefer reduced motion.

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Martine Dowden

An award-winning CTO, UX/UI designer and developer, international speaker, and author, Martine focuses on web interfaces that are beautiful, functional, and accessible. She approaches user experience from both art and science perspectives, drawing from her degrees in psychology and visual communications. She has worked as a developer, artist, educator, and consultant since 2005. To stay active in the industry she writes articles, leads workshops, and speaks at conferences and meetups worldwide. Her favorite topics to present are frontend web development, CSS, user experience, interaction design, accessibility, and Firebase. In recognition of her work in the community, she was awarded and still maintains the Google Developer Expert (GDE) status and the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP).

In 2015, she published a children’s book, Programming Languages ABC++, of which the workbook edition sold over 20,000 copies in 2016. She then went on to write Approachable Accessibility: Planning for Success, which was released in June 2019, and Architecting CSS: The Programmer’s Guide to Effective Stylesheets in 2020.

Currently, she is the CTO at Andromeda Galactic Solutions where she continues to learn, work on, and share her passion for frontend development.


This liveProject series is for frontend developers who already know some CSS and want to take their skills to the next level. To begin these liveProjects you will need to be familiar with the following:

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • SVGs
  • A code editor of your choice (for example Visual Studio Code, Atom, Notepad++)
  • A modern browser (for example Chrome, Firefox, Edge)
  • Basic HTML
  • Basic SVG
  • Basic CSS
  • Intermediate JavaScript


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