Flipping Circle Slideshow

A simple circular slideshow where we flip the image in order to navigate.
Flipping Circle Slideshow

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Today we want to share a simple and fun circular slideshow with you. It’s an experimental concept and the idea is to flip a circle in a specific angle depending on which spot of the circle we click. There are three different possibilities for each side: top, middle and bottom. For example, when clicking on the top right part of the image, the circle will flip in the associated angle, making it look as if we press down that part and reveal the next image that is on the back face of the circle.

The demo features illustrations by Isaac Montemayor. See his works on Dribbble or on his website.

This is how the structure looks like:

<div id="fc-slideshow" class="fc-slideshow">
	<ul class="fc-slides">
		<li><img src="images/1.jpg" /><h3>Hot</h3></li>
		<li><img src="images/2.jpg" /><h3>Cold</h3></li>
		<li><img src="images/3.jpg" /><h3>Light</h3></li>
		<li><img src="images/4.jpg" /><h3>Dark</h3></li>
		<li><img src="images/5.jpg" /><h3>Soft</h3></li>
		<li><img src="images/6.jpg" /><h3>Hard</h3></li>
		<li><img src="images/7.jpg" /><h3>Smooth</h3></li>
		<li><img src="images/8.jpg" /><h3>Rough</h3></li>

And we transform it into the following:

<div id="fc-slideshow" class="fc-slideshow">

	<ul class="fc-slides">
		<!-- ... -->

		<div class="fc-left">
			<i class="icon-arrow-left"></i>
		<div class="fc-right">
			<i class="icon-arrow-right"></i>

	<div class="fc-flip">
		<div class="fc-front">
			<div><img src="images/4.jpg"><h3>Dark</h3></div>
			<div class="fc-overlay-light"></div>
		<div class="fc-back">
			<div><img src="images/5.jpg"><h3>Soft</h3></div>
			<div class="fc-overlay-dark"></div>

The nav element has some empty spans that serve as “detection areas”. Each side of the circle has three areas that will be clickable, one at the top, one in the middle and one at the bottom. The i element will serve as a navigation arrow and depending on which span we are hovering, we will rotate the little arrow box to the right place. But we won’t use the arrow as the clickable area but the whole span.

The division for the circle flip contains a special 3D structure: it has a front and a back side. Once we navigate to the next or previous item, we will show that structure and rotate the flip container so that we see the back side.

The overlays make everything look a bit more realistic by providing light or darkness. We animate the opacity depending on the angle of rotation.

We simply call the plugin like this:

$( '#fc-slideshow' ).flipshow();

And this are the options for the plugin:

// the options
$.Flipshow.defaults = {
	// default transition speed (ms)
	speed : 700,
	// default transition easing
	easing : 'cubic-bezier(.29,1.44,.86,1.06)'

Please note, that this is very experimental and will only work as intended in browsers that support CSS 3d transforms. For others there is a simple fallback that simply shows and hides the previous or next item.

We hope you find this little plugin inspiring!

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Mary Lou

ML 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. hi there, I’m a newbie. Would you please tell me whats wrong, I’ve already copy and link every css and js file.. but the pictures aren’t visible. Only circle appeared.


  2. Amazing job, tks Mary.
    One question. How can I put to circle in the same page?

  3. Great Job Mary!!

    Hey im trying to put it to flip Automatically, but my knowledge is very basic, im trying like this:

    $. Flipshow.prototype.navigate = function (element, direction) {
    this._navigate (element, direction);
    $ (“# fcSlideshow”). flipshow ();
    setInterval (function () {
    $ (‘# fcSlideshow’). flipshow (‘navigate’, $ (“# fcSlideshow div.fc-right span: first ‘),’ right ‘);
    }, 3000);
    $ (Function () {

    $ (‘# Fc-slideshow’). Flipshow ();


    Can you help me?

  4. hello there 🙂 why is that it doesn’t work in other browser? where is it compatible with? what version of java, etc? :O thanks in advance ~

  5. Beautiful Plugin, however I had this little request that can we get this to work on Internet Explorer (atleast on the latest version i.e. 10) ? Pretty please. 🙂

  6. Hi! Thank you for this cool effect!! It’s an awesome web magic 😉

    I’m trying to connect this effect with a slideshow in jquery. I’d like to use it like a caption for my slider but I can see no way to do it…

    Do you think is it possible? I’ve to use a kind of callback?

    Hope someone can help me!

    Thanks a lot

  7. Hi Mary !!!
    I Just Love your Work !!! I also sent you a message on Facebook if you can guide me on How you create such awesome stuff. I mean that i can implement it all by Copy/Paste but i want to create such stuff by my own. Can you please guide me ?
    Thanks !!!

  8. Nice plug in! =)

    Does any one know how can i transform the center of the image to a link, instead of a navigation span?

  9. hello , i am trying to use circleFip Slideshow on Safari 4.0.3 and Mac, and it doesn’t work , could you please update?
    the image appears but border-radius and box -shadow don’t seem to work even with
    (-webkit-border-top-right-radius: 100px;
    -webkit-border-top-left-radius: 100px;
    -webkit-border-bottom-left-radius: 100px;
    -webkit-border-bottom-right-radius: 100px;
    -webkit-box-shadow: 0px 0px 0px 10px rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.4);

  10. hello there,
    i’ve got a problem, i’ve already copied and linked every css and js file. Only the circle appears. And inside the browser console an error pops ou : TypeError: $(…).flipshow is not a function.
    Any way I can solve this?

  11. Thanks for your beautiful slideshow. but unfortunately it is not working on Safari.
    Would you please help me on making it work?