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The usability of such sites is often questioned, but I personally think they’re great, although one important factor I’d advise considering is to tap into the user’s mouse scroll wheel to enable it to scroll the website horizontally. This is a technique employed by a bunch of the sites in this showcase, and as you’ll find when browsing, it makes them much more usable.
Elfletterig is a horizontal website that uses navigation keys to scroll from left to right. It has a lot of content and images displayed in a unique layout.
This is Jason Love’s creative horizontal scrolling website. He presents a story with 2 ends with a lot of illustrations along the way
Magpie-studio has an interesting way of presenting content to their readers. They have a one-page website made of horizontal images that slide as you click them.
Zand uses animation and a horizontal scrolling layout for their website. They’re a UX team who love design and are focused on finding the best solutions for their clients.
Norgam focuses on forming design language for the digital era that we’re in. They have a horizontal scrolling website that showcases all their projects.
This horizontal website is dedicated to the work of the contemporary illustrator, Frederico Babina. You can scroll through a gallery of impressive artwork while listening to a carefully picked soundtrack.
This website has a minimalist yet unique design. They focus on presenting key information about themselves and their work.
This horizontal website works as a design and development agency’s portfolio and it stands out with a creative and unique design.
This is yet another good example of a horizontal website that focuses on print related content and uses the navigation keys to scroll left and right.
This website also uses navigation keys to scroll through their content. They have a nice gallery of projects that can serve as good inspiration.
We Shoot Bottles
This website gives you the impression that you’re reading a book or a flier. They’re specialized in bottles which they photograph at a price that makes everyone happy of their investment.
Magic Realism also uses a horizontal website on which they post content in a good looking minimalist way, similar to an image gallery.
Neu-e is a horizontal website that encourages their readers to make something out of an ordinary box. The results are very nice and each object is posted on their page.
Zupadupa is a web agency from Cluj, Romania and they have a horizontal scrolling website that uses a minimalist design.
Hipstamatic uses both vertical and horizontal navigation on their website. They have a creative way of posting content especially through animations, pictures and typography.
The horizontal way, as their name implies, is a project that aims to showcase a list of horizontal websites like their own one.
Movement of Data
This is another example of an interactive horizontal website that focuses on sharing a story about the movement of data and how it became what it is today.
This website has a horizontal layout that uses navigation key to scroll through a gallery of photos taken by Alex Flueras.
This is yet another interactive horizontal website that focuses on raising awareness about what we eat, how we produce it and how we could protect our planet and our most iconic species.
LoveBento’s aim is to showcase through their horizontally scrolling website some of most loved stuff in around the world, such as music albums.
25 years of internet tells the story of internet starting with the first proposal in 1989 to nowadays using a horizontal layout and an interactive way of presenting content.
Chester Zoological Society shares their story, starting from 1930 to nowadays through a horizontal scrolling layout on their page.
Lucuma uses a more minimalist design that only has a horizontal scrolling galleries.
Hasrimy specialize in web design and they don’t only think outside the box but also outside of this world. They use a horizontal layout for their website on which you can scroll to find out more about themselves.
This website focuses on presenting architecture projects from France in a horizontal scrolling website. The images are showcased on a grid layout, very frequently used in portfolios.
Last but not least, Dean Oakley’s website is yet another example of using horizontal scrolling in a user-friendly manner.
BONUS: How to Create Your Own Horizontally Scrolling Website
Fancy building a horizontal site of your own? Check out these handy articles and tutorials. Each one offers expert advice on the coding techniques used, and the best practices when considering going the horizontal way.
Smooth horizontal scrolling
This first example might come in really handy if you’re considering making a horizontal page. From this video, you’ll learn how to make a smooth horizontal scrolling page using Bootstrap and some jQuery magic.
Vertical and Horizontal Scrolling with fullPage.js
From this article, you’ll learn a lot of new techniques about making a vertical and horizontal scrolling website using fullPage.js.
Horizontal Scrolling Portfolio Tutorial
The next example is another video tutorial, which will help you learn how to make a webflow dynamic horizontal scrolling portfolio.
How TO – Horizontal Scroll Menu
This is yet another helpful tutorial from w3schools which will teach how to code and create a horizontal scrollable menu with CSS.
Great collection, good work. Thank you
Good to see this collection … I thought I’d take a look and see if it could win we over to designing a website as a side horizontal scroller. Hmm … not sure they did … but very interesting designs ….
Happy to found such nice collection, it’s Great.
Amazing.. This really rocks.. I love Visuall one. Great..
In my opinion it’s more natural than vertical scrollling because our eyes working horizontal, we have horizontal screens and when we are reading magazines and books we’re moving horizontal… I’m also interested in SEO aspect of this solution
I have tried several times to get clients to buy into this effect – loving it in these examples – great post!
Ryan – Liminal Design
These sites are awesome, but I’m wondering how this type of one page site effects SEO.
good tutorial I love this examples but i ‘don’t make…
Hahaha. Crazy stuff. I’m also in web design, but never came up to that idea. Horizontal scrolling, excellent!
Really great collection!
Where can i look the tutorials for this works?!I love this examples but i ‘don’t make…
It is a privilege to me that you Chris have mentioned one of my designs (Publicidade Viva) in this post, since I have had you in my Reader since the beginning on Spoon. It gives me power to carry one, as I am out of work at the moment.
Great post! Never really thought about doing a site this way before! Really love the Lucuma & Peter Pearson designs :)
Protest Boardwear’s Collection page (at least the european version) also has horizontal scrolling.
Oh cool! Some of these sites have inspired my own website.
It also uses jQuery for horizontal navigation.
Going horizontal is surely a great way of “making a difference”. And the sites you picked are design-highlights. BUT: With upcoming netbooks some of them just don’t fit to the screen and a vertical scrollbar appears and even ruins the design. Even in fullscreen view.
You rock!! I’ve found horizontal style website for a long time…
You awesome, Thanks a lot!!
Thanks for the comments everyone, and a couple of great suggestions here in the comments too!
Great Collection! Much appreciated.
Very nice and great collection… Very much inspiring!
I quite like them when done well, as a lot of these example are (hence you included them!).
Hey Chris, thanks for listing my site!
There was a time when this was considered wrong, gotta love rule breakers.
@DI: Thank you, may I have another?
It’s really the lack of UI consideration that is the subject of my rant, not the designs. But I guess omeone has to push the envelope. Maybe if there were more of these annoying side-scrollers we would get hardware on our mouses for that too.
Awesome. Now everyone has wheels on their mouses now and as designers we don’t have to worry about long pages anymore so that people will not get annoyed with scrolling… UNLESS WE DO SOME DUMB ASS THING LIKE MAKE OUR SITE SCROLL THE OTHER WAY!!! Sweet! Now we can annoy everyone again with our avant-garde website design.
Thanks for the feature. There are some really nice designs here. Eric’s site is very cool.
WOW! You gave me lot of inspirations with this post! Thanks.
P.S. Erick’s J is the funniest and most creative.
Very nice selection their!
Great collection! How about adding subsetm.com to the list? Built in flash, but fun nonetheless. :)
hi chris. very nice collection – beautiful inspiration and helpful tutorials. thx. keep on rockin’!
Really great collection, going to look at the tutorials Wednesday, when I have some more time.
Great collection! Thank you very much for including the Front-End site :-)
It’s very2 cool. It feel like we’re walking. lol. I wonder how blog will look like with horizontal scrolling..lol
Nice collection. Out of these my favorite would be Carrot Creative. The scrolling is smooth and there’s no bottom scrollbar (like some others had).
Thanks for the tutorials. These are some of the nicest sites I’ve seen of late. Any idea how building a site like this using jQuery would affect SEO?
Nice round up Chris. The tutorials should be useful