Block Reveal Effects

Ideas for revealing content in a schematic box look as seen around the Web lately. The effect first shows a decorative block element drawn and when it starts to decrease its size, it uncovers some content underneath.


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Today we’d like to share a couple of ideas for a kind of block reveal effect that has been used in some designs recently. The main idea is to reveal content in a schematic box look. The effect first shows a decorative block element being drawn and when it starts to decrease its size, it uncovers some content underneath.

The effect is inspired by some animations used in a couple of really nice websites (and a Dribbble shot):

There are of course many more examples out there; these are just a few that we’ve discovered lately and got inspired by.


Attention: We are using flexbox and viewport units, which might not be supported in older browsers, especially IE. For the effect itself we use 3D Transforms, so only modern browsers here.

Please note that the demos are optimized for desktop view.


Have a look at all the demos and browse the HTML files to see how the effect is implemented. All demos show some different possibilities. The last demo shows how a piece can be left uncovered to show then some content on top.

References and Credits

Browser Support:
  • ChromeSupported
  • FirefoxSupported
  • Internet ExplorerSupported from version E
  • SafariSupported
  • OperaSupported

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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. 1

    Wonderful work!
    I was just wondering if it might be possible to use the effects on the overview + modal + menu + split layout on the same page?
    I tried putting the java scripts one after the other on the same page. That doesn’t work.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Best regards!


  2. 4

    Hi, it’s a great effect. Well done.

    I try to make a loop to display this animation on all titles and images in my page. Anybody here can help me, please ?

  3. 5

    Iv’e tried the script. It works perfectly in Chrome and Firefox. But buggy in IE 11 and Edge

  4. 6

    Great script, thank you! But why does the menu in the demo work in IE/Edge, but the downloadable source not? Can’t recognize any changes at the script…

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