When new features are released, we had no way of informing users of new functionality or how to use it. Releasing new features without some way to educate users came with risks related to possible usability issues and increased cognitive load.
Proof of concept
In order to demonstrate one of the possible implementations, I created a proof of concept using HTML and CSS. For this prototype I created an animated GIF to pair with informative text to teach users about new features as they are released. This was used to demonstrate to the development team how animated GIFs can be used to 'demo' functionality and help orient the user.
Note: POC is built for desktop only.
See the Pen New Feature Onboarding Modal by Samantha Howes (@dusterbed) on CodePen.