Off-Canvas Menu Effects

Some inspiration for off-canvas menu effects and styles using CSS transitions and SVG path animations.
Off-Canvas Menu Effects

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Today we’d like to share a couple of styles and effects for off-canvas menus. The off-canvas sidebar is widely used and we have already created some effect inspiration before. Like with everything, style evolves and today we want to show a new set of modern effects for your inspiration. Different layouts and synced transitions of the menu and the page can make everything look more interesting and we can make use of the available space for side-menus and controls. SVG allows us to play with organic shapes and add some unexpected and stylish moves to a design.

We use CSS transitions, CSS animations created with bounce.js and animated SVGs with the help of Snap.svg. We also use Font Awesome and the profile picture is from the Random User Generator.

Please note that the effects serve as inspiration and will work (best) in modern browsers.

Let’s take a look at some of the styles.

This first demo is inspired by the Dribbble shot Old Designspiration Menu Concept One by Michael Martinho.

The idea behind the corner box effect is to translate an off-canvas box into the viewport while moving the content to the opposite corner, too, creating a window-like effect.

Following the simple corner box, we can think of another “layer” that will move on top of the previous box and that will make the content translate another “step”.

This menu expands from the menu button itself, taking up a space that was revealed by pushing down the content of the page. You might have seen this effect on a sidebar in one of our Morphing Buttons demos.

This menu is not an off-canvas one, but more like an expanding box with a content overlay. Here we use a jelly-like animation created with bounce.js.

This demo is using Snap.svg for animating SVG paths. Using a combination of a morphing wave with delayed menu item appearances, an organic feel is created.

We hope you enjoyed the effects and get inspired!

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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. Nice examples as usual – although I’m not a fan of the nested example pushing the main body over. Bit of an unnecessary indulgence!!

  2. As always, sleek!
    PS: Corner Morph, Wave have no visual menu icon to click on. I can see the dark footer bar… but not the trigger?! (Safari 6.1.x)

  3. These are definitely cool – I like the Corner Morph especially!

    My only critique – having the closing button in a very different location from the opening button doesn’t seem ideal – I’d rather be able to close the menu with my cursor in the same place. It’s a small thing that doesn’t make these any less cool otherwise!

  4. Elastic effect is the coolest one. I’m gonna try to do it without svg (border-radius). Wish me luck 😀

  5. Awesome work guys, as usual. A lot of UX consideration going into these posts, ini’t. +1 🙂

  6. Cool. Did you change something? Now, CornerMorph + Wave are working fine in Safari6.1.x 🙂

  7. You are able to surprise me every time, and I always try to take as much as possible from you. Thanks for your effort!