Isometric and 3D Grids

Some experimental isometric and 3D grids. The idea is to use isometric/3D grids as decorative elements or with some interaction.

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Today we’d like to share some isometric grid styles with you. The inspiration comes from the Hotchkiss website where an isometric, scrollable grid is shown with some cool hover effects. In our first experiment we created a scrollable grid just like the one seen on that site, with some hover effects that involve random rotations. The second demo shows some ideas for “static” grids that are not scrollable but that serve more kind of a decorative purpose.

For the grid layout we are using Metafizzy’s Masonry, the cascading grid layout library by David DeSandro.

Attention: Some of the techniques we are using are very experimental and won’t work in all browsers. Support for transform-style: preserve-3d is necessary for this demo.


The first demo shows how an isometric grid can be scrolled using the pagescroll.

In the second demo we show some ideas for different static/decorative styles. The grid is used as a background element that allows for some interaction. There are many possibilities and the following serve as inspiration:





Unfortunately, IE does not support transform-style: preserve-3d which breaks nested 3D elements. So this demo won’t work in the versions that don’t support it.

We hope you enjoy this experiment and find it 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. The world would be so much boring without you Mary Lou!
    Thank you so much, I can not stop saying it.

  2. Very nicely done. Unusual to see something equal parts visually stunning AND actually useful. Thanks.

  3. wowo
    just when i think you’ve reached the limit of web designing … you just surprise me everytime … kudos … fantastic this:)

  4. I think you’re genius! really awesome work!!!!!! In my life first to leave a comment!

  5. I’d love to see the click transform into a modal instead of being a link. This is stupid cool!

  6. This is really perfect! Thank you very much for this great share! But unfortunately I don’t get the same great 3D-effect on my page (using Chrome and Firefox). Any help??? 🙂

  7. Really beautiful. Can you give me a tip: what could you put in transform:” (Isogrid.prototype.options, main.js). CSS3 transform properties don’t work. Thanks for the help.