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AirBnB’s Lottie Brings Animation to Apps

by Margaret Penney | September 4, 2017

AirBnB is already well-known for their smart user interface and graphic design. Now they lead the way again with Lottie, an open-source animation tool that makes creating motion graphic animations for Android, iOS, and React Native apps simple.

Lottie does this by rendering After FX animations in real-time and by allowing the apps to treat the animations like they would static images. Lottie takes data exported from After FX as JSON files from the open-source AE plugin Bodymovin. The extension has a Javascript player already bundled that makes it easy to create animations that are ready-made for playing on the web and in apps.

Animations for apps using Lottie are distinctly different than those previously seen with Flash or with any web-based motion graphic environment. It creates animations that are incredibly fluid, with no load time issues and no lag in frames (frame movements are fast and incredibly precise.)

Lottie is a work-in-progress and plans to add enhancements to the app over time, like more support for type, gradients, and images. AirBnB made Lotte open-source to ensure that it can constantly improve and reflect what people want. Lottie already has a robust community of designers and developers working on the tool.

Learn more about Lottie at

Download the BodyMovin plugin at GitHub



Margaret Penney is the Managing Editor of Notes on Design. Margaret is a teacher, designer, writer and new media artist and founder of Hello Creative Co.


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