Perspective Page View Navigation

Some effects for a perspective page view navigation where the page itself gets pushed away in 3D to reveal a menu or other items. This navigation idea is seen in mobile app design and we wanted to explore some more effects.

PerspectiveNavigation

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Pushing the site content aside to reveal a navigation has certainly become a trend for mobile navigations. The approach reflects some practices in app design where “views” are shown with animations. We’ve experimented a bit and we’ve come up with a small set of effects that take the page and move it in 3D to reveal a navigation (or some other content if you like). What’s nice about this is that we literally put the site into perspective, allowing for an interesting view on the content and the navigation possibilities.

Please note that this is highly experimental, so let us know if you find any bugs or problems.

For the general effect to work, we need to wrap our page into a perspective wrapper. The main content container (that will get moved in 3D) and the navigation will be the two children immediate children of that wrapper:

<div id="perspective" class="perspective effect-airbnb">
	<div class="container">
		<div class="wrapper"><!-- wrapper needed for scroll -->
			<!-- ... -->
		</div><!-- wrapper -->
	</div><!-- /container -->
	<nav class="outer-nav left vertical">
		<!-- ... -->
	</nav>
</div><!-- /perspective -->

When we trigger the effect, we’ll need to change the position and overflow of the divisions to just show the current view. With a little trick we can hide the overflow but keep the scroll position by setting the “wrapper” top to the negative scrollTop value of the body.

Depending on which effect we have set as a class to the perspective wrapper, we’ll animate the container and the menu items once we click the trigger button. An example for an effect is the following, where we rotate and move the page to the left and make the navigation items appear consecutively with a slight delay on the right side:

/* Effect Move Left */
.effect-moveleft {
	background: #f4f3f1;
}

.effect-moveleft .container {
	transition: transform 0.4s;
	transform-origin: 50% 50%;
}

.effect-moveleft .container::after {
	background: rgba(255,255,255,0.6);
}

.effect-moveleft.animate .container {
	transform: translateX(-50%) rotateY(45deg) translateZ(-50px);
}

/* Fallback */
.no-csstransforms3d .effect-moveleft.animate .container {
	left: -75%;
}

/* Navigation */
.effect-moveleft .outer-nav a {
	color: #e86a32;
	opacity: 0;
	transform: translateX(100px) translateZ(-1000px);
	transition: transform 0.4s, opacity 0.4s;
}

.effect-moveleft .outer-nav a:hover {
	color: #333;
}

.effect-moveleft.animate .outer-nav a {
	opacity: 1;
	transform: translateX(0) translateZ(0);
}

.effect-moveleft.animate .outer-nav a:nth-child(2) {
	transition-delay: 0.04s;
}

.effect-moveleft.animate .outer-nav a:nth-child(3) {
	transition-delay: 0.08s;
}

.effect-moveleft.animate .outer-nav a:nth-child(4) {
	transition-delay: 0.12s;
}

.effect-moveleft.animate .outer-nav a:nth-child(5) {
	transition-delay: 0.16s;
}

.effect-moveleft.animate .outer-nav a:nth-child(6) {
	transition-delay: 0.2s;
}

.effect-moveleft.animate .outer-nav a:nth-child(7) {
	transition-delay: 0.24s;
}

We also added some example media queries that show how to resize or reposition the menu for smaller screens.

There are two styles for the menus which is a horizontal and a vertical one. Depending on where we push away the page, we’ll be using one of the orientations together with a position class:

<nav class="outer-nav left vertical">
	<a href="#" class="icon-home">Home</a>
	<a href="#" class="icon-news">News</a>
	<a href="#" class="icon-image">Images</a>
	<a href="#" class="icon-upload">Uploads</a>
	<a href="#" class="icon-star">Favorites</a>
	<a href="#" class="icon-mail">Messages</a>
	<a href="#" class="icon-lock">Security</a>
</nav>

The icons used in the demo are from the Typicons set by Stephen Hutchings and they are licensed under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license.

Here is how all the effects look like when the menu is visible and the page is pushed away:

Airbnb Effect:

PerspectivePageViewNavigation01

Move Left:

PerspectivePageViewNavigation02

Rotate Left:

PerspectivePageViewNavigation03

Move Down:

PerspectivePageViewNavigation04

Rotate Top:

PerspectivePageViewNavigation05

Lay down:

PerspectivePageViewNavigation06

We hope you like the effects and find them inspiring!

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Mary Lou (Manoela Ilic) is a freelance web designer and developer with a passion for interaction design. She studied Cognitive Science and Computational Logic and has a weakness for the smell of freshly ground peppercorns.

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  1. 6

    The article doesn’t mention anything about javascript but I’m finding that you have to have the javascript file in order to operate correctly. Is this correct? Is there a way to do any of these effects without the javascript or is it dependent on both script files? I’ve tried going through it but this level of javascript is a little over my head.

    Thanks

  2. 7

    Fantastic design! It looks phenomenal. One question, how can I set this up so that when I push the home button (for example) I would get a reverse animation going back to the page; Just clicking on the actual page itself does. Thanks!

  3. 9

    I just noticed that when you open the menu and then get back to the original page by clicking the transformed image, the scroll bar disappears.

  4. 11

    Hi Mary,

    I’m a student enroll at UW, and currently, building my portfolio website (hope you don’t mind me using this jquery). First of all, just want to say this is awesome! Secondly, I was wondering for the Lay down effect, is it possible to have img and figcaption instead of text? So, I tried to do it, but it seems that it just become more horizontal. Are there a way to change the width of the outernav, so that I can fit some preview?

  5. 12

    Hi there,
    thanks for this awesome work, I have tiny problem with this when I try to apply this I’m getting “Uncaught TypeError: Cannot read property ‘addEventListener’ of null” error in “menu.js:46″ I ready dont understand anything of js.. if you can help about it.. I will appreciate.
    Thanks for helping.

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