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. Very cool design idea. Will give it a try in one of my next projects for sure! 🙂

  2. Just does nothing.

    Version 23.0.1271.97 Ubuntu 12.10 (23.0.1271.97-0ubuntu0.12.10.1)

  3. Excellent Slideshow plugin! Love the subtlety of the L and R buttons rotating according to mouse position.

  4. What is the best way to check if a browser support this, because on mobile and some chrome browser apparently it doesn’t work. So it would be awesome to load something else and still use this cool thing in production.

  5. Thanks everybody, I will try to figure out why it doesn’t seem to work for some Chrome versions. Works fine in the latest one on Mac and Win. Cheers, ML

  6. Hi,

    Just kind of works in Safari 5.1.7: First image changes fine, but then the buttons don’r work, and seem to have conflicting locations.
    (I know it’s an “old” browser, but it’s not THAT old…)

  7. Works fine in my chrome to, but strange that it doesn’t work on mobile, isn’t that webkit transformation the same as chrome?