Movement, change, and animation are a lot more than ways to delight users: they are a functional method for design.
I just had the pleasure of reading two enlightening articles from members of the BBC dev team about their approaches to responsive design. First, BBC News technical lead John Maslen shares his tips on “cutting the mustard" (in other words, progressive enhancement). In summary:
The second article from the responsive news team’s tech lead John Cleveley and lead designer Julian Kirby talk about the challenges of delivering content to multiple devices. There is some overlap with Maslen’s article, but they also go into more detail on common challenges such as images, grid system and testing with PhantomJS.
Users don’t hate change. Users hate change that doesn’t make their life better, but makes them have to relearn everything they knew. In fact, users don’t like change that might improve their lives if they don’t perceive the value of that change.