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!

More Inspiration

Check out some more component inspiration:

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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. Thank you for sharing search UI inspiration effects for wire framing. I am always doing wire framing for all the projects that are assigned to me.

  2. Hi Mary, Thanks so much. I really appreciate you taking the time to create such a wonderful resource for us!

  3. It’s all depends on the use case. If the end user searches some phrase or queries that already available in the current web page then you should use a simple input. A couple of schematic, inspirational proof-of-concepts for how to show the search interface on a website using CSS animations. I personally feel that no 2 is a great inspiration, While they are all neat transitions.