Showcase of Parallax Usage in Web Design

The use of the parallax effect or parallax scrolling effect in websites can add a nice three dimensional depth illusion to the design and make the visit very interesting to a user. We have collected some creative examples of the parallax effect in web design. Enjoy! Rastapé Besides creating a lot of depth with the […]


The use of the parallax effect or parallax scrolling effect in websites can add a nice three dimensional depth illusion to the design and make the visit very interesting to a user. We have collected some creative examples of the parallax effect in web design. Enjoy!

Rastapé


Besides creating a lot of depth with the design itself which shows a bar or venue, the parallax effect gives it the ultimate kick when moving the mouse!

Old Pulteney Row to the Pole


Here we have a great example of the parallax scrolling effect, where the background moves “slower” then the content when the page is scrolled down. This instantly makes the background appear more distant, adding some beautiful perspective to the website.

Billy’s Downtown Diner


Billy’s Downtown Diner’s website has a header part that moves when hovering with the mouse. The parallax effect is achieved by moving the layers that are closer to the viewer slower than the ones that are more distant. Giving the whole movement a little “shakiness” makes the effect even more interesting.

Webdesign Karlsruhe


Careful, this one moves a lot with the mouse :) It shows portfolio items stuck to a layered memo or photo holder creating the parallax effect when moving the mouse over the page.

EMM and ENN


Here we have less of the classical parallax effect but more a movement of different layers in different directions which, besides the header background, also creates a nice depth to the design.

Xhtml Slicing


On XHTMSlicing.com the parallax effect is achieved by moving the mouse over the header part. The layers with the website images also have a different degree of blurriness to them, which enhances the effect and makes the most blurry items appear more distant.

Head2Heart


On this incredibly beautiful website Head2Heart clicking on the arrows of the path (or of the bottom navigation) will guide you through the way of explaining the wonderful message, creating the parallax effect with the movement of the clouds that surround the path.

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This website has many different layers of backgrounds, all moving along with the website content when moving the mouse. Very strong parallax effect effect.

The Beatles Rock Band


The Beatles Rock Band website has a header with the classical effect on mousemove.

Juvelér Langaard


On Juvelér Langaard’s website you will notice the effect when using the content slider: the background will move less than the content.

Dezignus


On Dezignus you can experience a nice parallax effect when moving over the header. Subtle and beautiful.

Farmhouse Fare


On Farmhouse Fare, the effect is also very subtle and it enhances the beautifully crafted illustrations and images. Clicking on any menu item will lead you to another section and you will notice a slight difference of movement of the elements. Click on “Contact us” to see a stronger effect.

Nike Better World


Here we have a great example of the parallax scrolling effect. Just scroll down and see how the layers move with a different pace, creating a great amount of depth.

FillStudio


FillStudio has a slider that will move the items differently creating the effect.

b’Twin


Take a ride on this website! Moving the mouse will animate the different layers and you will also notice the elements that move by themselves, creating a 3D experience.

And that’s all! I hope you enjoyed this little collection!

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Mary Lou (Manoela Ilic) is a freelance web designer and developer with a passion for interaction design. She studied Cognitive Science and Computational Logic and has a weakness for the smell of freshly ground peppercorns.

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  1. 4

    It was good to see Billy’s Downtown Diner make the list–I love eating there and pondering future web design projects over an awesome omelette.

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    I have to agree with those who find the use of parallax distracting when not used to good purpose. Of the first four, only Kahrlsrule used it to create the sense of a “desktop bigger than the monitor,” as a navigation tool. And even there it had edge-effect bugs that made it seem a less than professional effort. I was unimpressed.

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