Treehouse

Sexy Album Art with MooTools or jQuery

By on  
Album Art

The way that album information displays is usually insanely boring. Music is supposed to be fun and moving, right? Luckily MooTools and jQuery allow us to communicate that creativity on the web.

The XHTML

<div id="album">
	<div id="album-front"></div>
	<div id="album-back"></div>
	<div id="album-desc">
		<h3>Every Picture Tells A Story</h3>
		<p>
			Every Picture Tells a Story is the third album by Rod Stewart, released in the middle of 1971. It became Stewart's most critically acclaimed album, and became the standard by which all of his subsequent albums were judged.<br />
			<a href="javascript:;" style="font-weight:bold;">Buy Now!</a> | <a href="javascript:;">More Rod Stewart Albums</a>
			<br /><img src="everypicture-stars.gif" alt="5 Stars!" style="margin-top:10px;" />
		</p>
	</div>
</div>

A few structure DIVs and the album information.

The CSS

#album			{ width:500px; position:relative; }
#album-front	{ width:400px; height:393px; background:url(everypicture-front.png) 0 0 no-repeat; cursor:pointer; position:absolute; top:0; left:0; z-index:1; }
#album-back		{ display:none; width:250px; height:194px; position:absolute; top:250px; left:250px; background:url(everypicture-back.png) 0 0 no-repeat; z-index:3; }
#album-desc		{ display:none; font-size:10px; font-family:tahoma; border:1px solid #7B7057; padding:10px; width:230px; position:absolute; top:20px; left:250px; z-index:3; -webkit-border-radius:8px; -moz-border-radius:8px; border-radius:8px; background:#fff; }

The CSS is used mostly for positioning and the imagery. I chose to incorporate the album images as background images -- you could use IMG tags if you want.

The MooTools JavaScript

(function($) {
	window.addEvent('domready',function() { 
		//settings
		var fades = $$('#album-back,#album-desc');
		//init
		fades.setStyles({
			opacity: 0,
			display: 'block'
		});
		//hover version
		$('album').addEvents({
			mouseenter: function() {
				fades.fade('in');
			},
			mouseleave: function() {
				fades.fade('out');
			}
		});
	});
})(document.id);

Simple fading in and fading out -- nothing more.

The jQuery JavaScript

$(document).ready(function() {
	//settings
	var fades = $('#album-back,#album-desc');
	//hover version
	$('#album').hover(function() {
		fades.fadeIn(250);
	}, function() {
		fades.fadeOut(250);
	});
});

I think this is a great way to add some dynamism to an otherwise boring display. Rod Stewart FTW!

ydkjs-6.png

Recent Features

  • From Webcam to Animated GIF: the Secret Behind&nbsp;chat.meatspac.es!

    My team mate Edna Piranha is not only an awesome hacker; she's also a fantastic philosopher! Communication and online interactions is a subject that has kept her mind busy for a long time, and it has also resulted in a bunch of interesting experimental projects...

  • Write Better JavaScript with&nbsp;Promises

    You've probably heard the talk around the water cooler about how promises are the future. All of the cool kids are using them, but you don't see what makes them so special. Can't you just use a callback? What's the big deal? In this article, we'll...

Incredible Demos

Discussion

  1. AWSUM article !! :)

    I have to tell that moo transition is smooother than jquery..

  2. That tends to be the case, kburn.

  3. MS

    Very nice, thank you!

  4. Listen2Me

    That was a scary insight into your music tastes David!

  5. Hi David,
    Nice stuff! Just one remark, you could use fades.fade(‘hide’) instead of
    fades.setStyles({
    opacity: 0,
    display: ‘block’
    });

    And now I wonder, isn’t the default duration of moo 500ms? You probably should make them the same, y?

  6. carlos

    Gracias por el código y la idea.

  7. Thanks for sharing. Came in really handy.

  8. dev

    if i hover many time, it will play non-stop and feel like not good but if i use .stop.fadeIt(250) method and hover many time , it opacity will reduce and eventually wont show, it like disappear, not sure if there any solution, can share?

    Thank.

  9. Tommix

    Nice, but how to make description div to apear on ALBUM div or near it? i hate absolute possitions, on every page it’s diferrent so how to make it stick with parent div?

Wrap your code in <pre class="{language}"></pre> tags, link to a GitHub gist, JSFiddle fiddle, or CodePen pen to embed!