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Ripple Effect SVG Icon Buttons

September 22, 2015

In this article the goal is to create Google ripple effect SVG icon buttons for social media, app and ecommerce. (For an in-depth analysis of Google Material Design and Responsive Interaction please see this post.)


The icon buttons were largely inspired by this article on Codrops written by Dennis Gaebel although there are a few notable changes. When experimenting with multiple instances of the buttons it was becoming a little awkward, and with the addition of SVG for the actual icons the decision was made to ditch TweenMax /SVG for the ripple effect in favour of a simple CSS animation and a jQuery script to trigger the animation.


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Rather than post a load of JS and CSS here it’s probably best to get ‘down and dirty’ with the code. There’s a zip file below plus a link to the demo. As usual, if you have any comments or suggestions for improvements please share them below. Effort has been made to keep the number of files down to a minimum and naming conventions logical so that it is easy to get the gist of the examples and tweak them for your own use.

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