During my last presentation on transition/animation, it was asked that "are microinteraction and transition same?"

I said no but could not back my answer.

Could someone please explain.

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Microinteractions: Small "delightful" elements that are part of a whole experience.

Note: Microinteractions often use transitions to show the interaction between the user and the system.

Example: The "heart" feature on Twitter with its little animation

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Transitions: A change in state that is done subtly in order to indicate change to the user whilst reducing cognitive load.


Going from one screen to the other, loading new content etc.

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You can read more about microinteractions and transitions here: https://www.uxpin.com/studio/blog/ux-design-best-practices-refined-microinteractions/



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