I wanted the interaction of the app to feel fun, fluid, and all around entertaining to look at, so I used spring physics to move the screens and header icons in and out rather than straight linear transitions.
To add an interesting visual complexity to the screen transitions there are two animation styles. When progressing down into more detailed views of the app, such as from the home screen to a category selection as seen below, the top screen slides off and rotates at a -15º angle while the screen beneath it moves to the left 30 pixels and fades in. When moving back up out of the detailed view the current screen is pushed completely off to the right and fades out while the inward moving screen rotates back to its original state and sets in.
To get to certain listings of articles the user is able to go into categories. Since the experience of the A.V. Club is so reliant on photographs I decided to include images from articles within the sections to give the user a quick preview of what's inside each categorical screen. When looking at the category screen different images from articles inside cycle through. As part of their visual design the A.V. Club uses color coding to distinguish which entertainment category an article fits in. Since there weren't many options express this, I opted to add in a quick flash of color between the image transitions.
Since this is an exploration of entertaining visuals and interactions I wanted to make the article screen a little flashier. Rather than making the hero image scroll up with the article I wanted to add some depth to it. When the article is scrolled up the image moves up partially in a parallaxing fashion, scales up a little bit and blurs out when nearing completion.