Perspective Page View Navigation

Some effects for a perspective page view navigation where the page itself gets pushed away in 3D to reveal a menu or other items. This navigation idea is seen in mobile app design and we wanted to explore some more effects.

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Pushing the site content aside to reveal a navigation has certainly become a trend for mobile navigations. The approach reflects some practices in app design where “views” are shown with animations. We’ve experimented a bit and we’ve come up with a small set of effects that take the page and move it in 3D to reveal a navigation (or some other content if you like). What’s nice about this is that we literally put the site into perspective, allowing for an interesting view on the content and the navigation possibilities.

Please note that this is highly experimental, so let us know if you find any bugs or problems.

For the general effect to work, we need to wrap our page into a perspective wrapper. The main content container (that will get moved in 3D) and the navigation will be the two children immediate children of that wrapper:

<div id="perspective" class="perspective effect-airbnb">
	<div class="container">
		<div class="wrapper"><!-- wrapper needed for scroll -->
			<!-- ... -->
		</div><!-- wrapper -->
	</div><!-- /container -->
	<nav class="outer-nav left vertical">
		<!-- ... -->
</div><!-- /perspective -->

When we trigger the effect, we’ll need to change the position and overflow of the divisions to just show the current view. With a little trick we can hide the overflow but keep the scroll position by setting the “wrapper” top to the negative scrollTop value of the body.

Depending on which effect we have set as a class to the perspective wrapper, we’ll animate the container and the menu items once we click the trigger button. An example for an effect is the following, where we rotate and move the page to the left and make the navigation items appear consecutively with a slight delay on the right side:

/* Effect Move Left */
.effect-moveleft {
	background: #f4f3f1;

.effect-moveleft .container {
	transition: transform 0.4s;
	transform-origin: 50% 50%;

.effect-moveleft .container::after {
	background: rgba(255,255,255,0.6);

.effect-moveleft.animate .container {
	transform: translateX(-50%) rotateY(45deg) translateZ(-50px);

/* Fallback */
.no-csstransforms3d .effect-moveleft.animate .container {
	left: -75%;

/* Navigation */
.effect-moveleft .outer-nav a {
	color: #e86a32;
	opacity: 0;
	transform: translateX(100px) translateZ(-1000px);
	transition: transform 0.4s, opacity 0.4s;

.effect-moveleft .outer-nav a:hover {
	color: #333;

.effect-moveleft.animate .outer-nav a {
	opacity: 1;
	transform: translateX(0) translateZ(0);

.effect-moveleft.animate .outer-nav a:nth-child(2) {
	transition-delay: 0.04s;

.effect-moveleft.animate .outer-nav a:nth-child(3) {
	transition-delay: 0.08s;

.effect-moveleft.animate .outer-nav a:nth-child(4) {
	transition-delay: 0.12s;

.effect-moveleft.animate .outer-nav a:nth-child(5) {
	transition-delay: 0.16s;

.effect-moveleft.animate .outer-nav a:nth-child(6) {
	transition-delay: 0.2s;

.effect-moveleft.animate .outer-nav a:nth-child(7) {
	transition-delay: 0.24s;

We also added some example media queries that show how to resize or reposition the menu for smaller screens.

There are two styles for the menus which is a horizontal and a vertical one. Depending on where we push away the page, we’ll be using one of the orientations together with a position class:

<nav class="outer-nav left vertical">
	<a href="#" class="icon-home">Home</a>
	<a href="#" class="icon-news">News</a>
	<a href="#" class="icon-image">Images</a>
	<a href="#" class="icon-upload">Uploads</a>
	<a href="#" class="icon-star">Favorites</a>
	<a href="#" class="icon-mail">Messages</a>
	<a href="#" class="icon-lock">Security</a>

The icons used in the demo are from the Typicons set by Stephen Hutchings and they are licensed under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license.

Here is how all the effects look like when the menu is visible and the page is pushed away:

Airbnb Effect:


Move Left:


Rotate Left:


Move Down:


Rotate Top:


Lay down:


We hope you like the effects and find them inspiring!

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Mary Lou

ML 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. Hello, is there any known problem with Safari on Windows/OSX?

    Your official demo of this plugin and my adaption show this bug. Expecially click on “show menu” (all versions index to index6.html) in safari then the menu appears – but the perspective main content (what fades out a little bit) disappears. A click on the area where it should be – it appears, finish the animation and return to normal view.

    Is there any bugfix or solution for this Problem? Pretty works on all other browsers (Firefox, Chrome, iOS Safari). Just in Mac/Windows Safari this bug appears.

  2. update: the bug caused by a to large browser window (width). At smaller windows the plugin works pretty good. What can be a solution for this bug? Greetings

    • Hi Valerio,
      I’m using weebly to hosting and create my free websites and I love this effect.
      How can I apply it in weebly?
      Please help me guy!!

      I’m waitting for your answer soon,

  3. I swear you guys are the best……………………………………. love you guys

  4. This is great. I am new into the coding thing and actually, I am trying to create my own website. Maybe this question will be silly but how do I apply the codes for this template into wordpress? Where do I have to put it?

  5. Hi!

    When I click on the link in the menu, I would like the site scroll to appropriate place.
    I don’t want do redirect to another site, just to scroll to some #div_id inside the content.

    I made on the site and try:

    Nasze us?ugi

    But it doesn’t work.

    Any ideas?

    • You can use jquery to remove class “animate”, then follows close animation. In jq you can add event handler for a click etc. Now I am interest how to write own callback for end of animation.

      E.g. $(“#your_obj_id”).removeClass(“animate”);

    • Hi, there is a simpler way, in the menu.js file at the start of the init function, create a variable containing all the links you want. With that variable create an on click event which has the same code as “container.addEventListener( clickevent..:”, somewhere in that function you might want to update your page.
      For a better understanding, here is my modified js file, feel free to take a look!

  6. Hi Mary Lou

    First off all, AWESOME! This is so cool and I will diffently use it on my website! Good work!

    Is it possibly to make the showMenu to also close the animation? I have tried to figure it out, but cant seem to do that.

    Appriciate your work!

    Best regards

  7. Hi,
    this menu works on all other browsers and device. But don’t works on Windows Phone.
    Why? There are some problems with css3 ?

    Thanks a lot.

  8. Hello,

    I wanted to start Perspective Page View Navigation automatically without clicking the button SHOWMENU, how to make this? Exsample: Picture on page 1, somebody clicks it. Than should run Perspective Page View Navigation.

    Regards, Karsten

  9. Hello,
    Can someone please tell me what to code, so that I can have an element open and close this transition? How does the below get refactored, so that one can simply use an onClick event (or several with a toggle):

    showMenu.addEventListener( clickevent, function( ev ) {
    docscroll = scrollY();
    // change top of contentWrapper = docscroll * -1 + ‘px’;
    // mac chrome issue:
    document.body.scrollTop = document.documentElement.scrollTop = 0;
    // add modalview class
    classie.add( perspectiveWrapper, ‘modalview’ );
    // animate..
    setTimeout( function() { classie.add( perspectiveWrapper, ‘animate’ ); }, 25 );

    container.addEventListener( clickevent, function( ev ) {
    if( classie.has( perspectiveWrapper, ‘animate’) ) {
    var onEndTransFn = function( ev ) {
    if( support && ( !== ‘container’ || ev.propertyName.indexOf( ‘transform’ ) == -1 ) ) return;
    this.removeEventListener( transEndEventName, onEndTransFn );
    classie.remove( perspectiveWrapper, ‘modalview’ );
    // mac chrome issue:
    document.body.scrollTop = document.documentElement.scrollTop = docscroll;
    // change top of contentWrapper = ‘0px’;
    if( support ) {
    perspectiveWrapper.addEventListener( transEndEventName, onEndTransFn );
    else {;
    classie.remove( perspectiveWrapper, ‘animate’ );

    perspectiveWrapper.addEventListener( clickevent, function( ev ) { return false; } );

  10. Hi, does anyone know, how to enable a scroll down with this navigation, i know its somewhere in the component.css file, but im not that good with css :P.
    If anyone knows the answer please leave a reply.
    Thank you!

  11. help i need to change the font image how to do that and how to align show menu to center helppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppp

  12. Please I am java newbie, i am trying to put 2 buttons on the page with different behaviors and it is not working, exactly what do I have to set?

  13. This code is not working in mozila firefox browser. Icon before message and security is not appear in mozila firefox browser. PLz resolve this issue as soon as possible.

  14. how can i add onme more button like show menu so that it shows the same way as show menu and i didnt get about the showmenu value