I know that if a spinner spins backwards or faster or both the whole loading will be perceived as faster by the user. But what about its position near a text? Let me make an example...

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Better left or right? which ones make the process seem faster?

Should also the text animate somehow to strengthen this perception?


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I tend to dislike 'animated' text, it does disrupt readability. I don't think increasing the speed of the animation will help, if you have a very long load time, you might want to approach the problem differently such as providing some 'filler' content within the loading screen.

Have you considered using verticality for placement of text and animation?

Such as this:

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    I'm still waiting for this image to load...how big is it? Dec 9, 2014 at 11:50
  • It's not big at all: i.stack.imgur.com/tnAnA.gif (direct link) Dec 9, 2014 at 13:21
  • 37 kb. If that's too large, an upgrade of internet provider might be something to consider :) Dec 9, 2014 at 15:02
  • As for the loading time it differs often, not always the same. but placing text below spinner is not an option as I should also center the whole element thereafter Dec 9, 2014 at 16:42
  • Ideally gif spinner should fit on <3 network packets but for me it loaded just fine. Dec 9, 2014 at 16:42

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