I wrote a little function called
slideElement to use on my website. It’s a simple way of creating animation and it found its way into the book. You can see it in action on the front page of the Jay Skript and the Domsters spoof site.
After I wrote the function, people started to use it in creative ways. Dave Shea gave his presentation at last year’s South by Southwest using the function to power a slideshow. It started showing up in the portfolio sections of Progetto NINFEA, Vashnevdesign and Bright Creative. More recently, the function appeared on Chromamine, this time animating large chunks of text.
Using different code but along similar lines, Flickr now allows you to slide through your thumbnails. By using just a smattering of Ajax, the widget can pull in the next image in a photoset and slide it into view. It’s a very nice effect and something I had been meaning to do over at Adactio Elsewhere. With a little bit of finessing, the animation could be as smooth as the “new releases” navigation in iTunes.
Posted by Jeremy on Wednesday, January 25th, 2006 at 1:50am