Saved you a click: What you can use instead is a different loading spinner. No explanation of how that solves the headlining issue.
From memory here are some useful tips:
- Show general layout as part of the loading. Helps users get started on understanding page spatially.
- Animations help for a few reasons: A. They let the user know the status i.e. we got your request and are working on getting the next thing to you". 2. It gives your brain something to do. So less about time past but ability to wait. 3. It can sometimes show the user when the system is frozen. (on the flip side it can make someone wait forever and then they always mistrust it)
We'll need another loading spinner while the user loads the 135KB Lego loader animation.
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION.
Seriously, Medium, turn that stupid popup off please.