Flip-Panel Prototype 03

This is an animated hover-card with stacked-images and flex-box inner content.

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This is an animated hover-card prototype.

Technologies involved with this prototype are:

  • RGBa()
  • Var()
  • Text-shadow
  • Box-shadow inset
  • Animation / transitions
  • Image layering
  • CSS gradients
  • Flexbox
  • Inline-block
  • Absolute positioning
  • Fluid widths

This is an animated hover-card with stacked-images and flex-box inner content.

Adhering to a mobile-first approach, this flip-card prototype uses absolute positioning in tandem with transitions, which kick-in after 756px for a desktop view.

This prototype uses CSS Custom Properties [ var() ] declarations to abstract some of the code within the CSS, such as the box-shadow inset and photos which are stacked with gradients. The images are loaded as background images.

The use of Custom Properties is very interesting. I chose to apply the custom properties to classes so I can switch images quickly. The drawback is repetitive CSS code. In future, I might apply images via JavaScript but this prototype is strictly CSS.

I used flex-box properties to style the inner content of the surface boxes. The flip-boxes are displayed using inline-block. I find that flex-box with percentage width values conflicts with inline-block, causing layout mayhem. I had to wrap the flip-boxes in pairs to compensate.

I created new colors for the shadow-box inset. The new color variations are based on other colors in the cwebba-08 palette.

Further research for mobile-first is to see how I can create a meaningful card experience with mobile-touch.