What is it UI micro animation
In a world of KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid), animations in user interfaces have always been ‘nice to haves’. Often postponed to later iterations.. or never. Now we know better and understand that animations can also serve a purpose that goes beyond just a ‘wow’ effect. Smashing Magazine has a couple of articles promoting its usage for various reason (direction, feedback etc..) The animations in user interfaces are often called functional animations or micro animations. I tend to prefer the latter, because sometimes it is not always functional.
This animation I display a swipeable thumbnail image carousel, On tap a thumbnail image is displayed fullscreen with more detail. Swiping can continue fullscreen or can be minimized to the thumbnail view again.