Inspiration for Search UI Effects

A couple of schematic, inspirational proof-of-concepts for how to show the search interface on a website using CSS animations.


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Today we’d like to share a couple of ideas for search interaction effects with you. Mainly, we’d like to provide you with some inspiration for how to show the search interface in an interesting way. Maybe you’ve seen some modern animations for showing the search already, like Swiss Army Man or CMMNTY. Today we want to explore some different layouts combined with some engaging CSS animations.

Attention: The demos serve only as proof-of-concepts and inspirational ideas for UI interactions. Made with modern CSS properties; for fierce browsers only.

The demos all have a schematic look and almost all of them show the search interface when clicking on the search icon that is always placed in the top right corner of the page (except for demo 2 where the search UI alters with an animation once the input is focused).

Example Search UI Effects

Have a look at some of the final states of the opened search UIs:






We hope you enjoy this little set and find it inspirational!

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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. 9

    Good job! But the main problem is that user must click on button X or press ESC to close search box. So, demo looks good but not much user friendly :(

    • 10

      Why is this a problem exactly? It allows the user to focus clearly on the search form (that they’ve asked for) and then take control over their next step.

    • 11

      Just a demo for inspirational uses. If you want to change some specifics, feel free to do it on your own :P

  2. 15

    Inspirational is the key word …Thanks for inspiring me as I’m working on a search interaction project as well.As always very beautiful layouts,interactions and concepts thank you for sharing.

  3. 19

    It’s really cool demo . I am already using it what a great effect with advance UI. Thank you so much a lot

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