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25 Web Designs With Clever Fixed Header Effects

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There are many tricks a web designer can apply to a website in order to enhance its appearance and make it more appealing to the visitors. A carefully-thought design can make the difference between a simple visitor and a potential client. 

When it comes to web designs, having an eye-catching layout with powerful features has a great importance. Web designers are continuously coming up with cool effects made entirely with CSS, and today we selected some of the best, fixed header effects we could find!

This post showcases some clever uses of CSS snippets to create interested header effects. Some simply fix the header in place at the top of the screen, others collapse the header as the user scrolls and a few exhibit some super cool animated effects that rearrange the header content. Browse through all of these and see which one fits your style best. Get inspired by these designs and use them in your future web design projects. Let’s begin!

Hampshire Design Studio FHOKE

Here’s an example of a fixed header which has a neat effect when scrolling down. This will make your menu visible at all times and more accessible.

Hampshire Design Studio FHOKE Fixed Header Effects

I Shot Him

This website has a creative way of showcasing the header. It’s evolving from a simple icon, into a full-width sticky header that contains all the menu buttons and the logo.

 Fixed Header Effects

Playground Inc.

This is a great example of a minimalistic header that will definitely get your attention. At first, it displays the full menu, and, when scrolling down, it hides into an icon, to let the rest of the page visible.

Playground Inc Fixed Header Effects

Red Antler – Branding Agency

This is a beautiful fixed header design which will improve the accessibility of your website. Also, it has a neat animation effect when scrolling. Follow the link and see it for yourself!

Red Antler - Branding Agency Fixed Header Effects

Brightlabs

This design uses a stunning video background with strong colors. Take a look and see how this design would work for your future websites.

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Seed Spot

This is another lovely sticky header which includes a fixed menu. This way, regardless of how much you scroll down, you can always keep your menu visible.

Seed Spot Fixed Header Effects

Grain & Mortar

Get inspired by this beautiful header style and see if you can use it in your future web design projects. Grain & Mortar use a white background for it’s header, keeping a simple, minimal look.

Grain & Mortar Fixed Header Effects

Karma – Take WiFi with You on the Go

Get inspired by this header design and use what you learn in your upcoming projects. This layout has a simple but effective design which will definitely get the users attention. Karma has a very visible “Buy Now” call to action button in their header, helping the website with converting visitors into customers.

Karma - Take WiFi with You on the Go Fixed Header Effects

Le petit cambodge

This bright colored website has a stunning design which you can use as an inspiration. The design uses CSS3 features and it has a beautiful flat design. Le petit use a very unusual sticky header design. At first, the full menu stays fixed during the first parallax effect, however once you scroll past the top section, the fixed header morphs into a minimalistic menu which can be expanded by clicking on the menu icon on the left side.

le petit cambodge colorful websites

Adhara – Spirituality + Wellness Marketplace

This beautiful header style has a larger size than the others and it includes a mega menu. Check it out and see if this is something that your website needs. The drawback to this header design is that it does take a lot of top real estate from the page.

Adhara - Spirituality + Wellness Marketplace

Daniel Filler

Here you have another wonderful example of a stunning fully-functional header design. This design includes a neat animation effect that will keep your users engaged. Daniel Filler also includes a “go to top” arrow in his header – something that is rarely seen in headers or top menus.

Daniel Filler Fixed Header Effects

Something Splendid

This is a simple header style with a beautifully animated effect of adding the company logo on the right side after the user starts scrolling. The layout includes the menu buttons and the logo design.

Something Splendid Fixed Header Effects

City of Weslaco

Here is another stunning example which demonstrates that a bit of color, in the right places does a lot of good. This website has a neat flat design with a sticky header. A nice element here is that a video about Weslaco is included in the header.

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Coup de Coeur francophone 

This website has a wonderful design with lots of colorful elements. See how the designer used bright colors and a fixed header design on this project.

Coup de coeur francophone colorful website

Chunk Creative Agency

This site uses beautiful bright colored gradients and a simple, minimal fixed header which remains sticky while you scroll.

 Chunk Creative Agency colorful website

Mosster Studio

This website uses bright colors to create a stunning design. The designer used lots of colors, beautiful illustrations, animations, and a fixed header design.

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Steve Zeidner

This is another neat fixed header style with a simple but effective design. It has a thin black layout which includes the logo and the menu buttons.

Steve Zeidner Fixed Header Effects

Snowbird

This website has a stunning fixed header with a beautiful design. Follow the link and see if it meets your requirements.

Snowbird Fixed Header Effects

ALFRED SERVICE

This homepage design amazes through its simplicity. The fixed header has just three buttons and the design is highly interactive and will intrigue the visitors to learn more about the service.

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Heathlife

This is an amazing fixed header style which includes lovely icons along with the menu buttons. Also, it has a fully functional structure and a beautiful design.

 Fixed Header Effect

CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER

This website’s slider instantly interacts with the visitor. Asking the visitor a question will surely make him/her curious about the site and what it has to offer. Also, the sticky header is just perfect and adds extra points for user-friendliness.

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Jaquet Droz

Get inspired by this modern header design which includes additional options. Here you’ll find the menu buttons, the shopping cart icon, the search icon, and logo.

Jaquet Droz Fixed Header Effects

Pumperlgsund

This simple, clean site layout uses minimalist and animated effects, plus a sticky header and other cool transitions.

Pumperlgsund

Home on Earth

Check out this handwritten style header design which will definitely get noticed. This sticky header improves your website’s accessibility by keeping it in reach at all times.

Home on Earth Fixed Header Effects

La Grange

Here is a stunning header design which has a fixed position, regardless of how much you scroll. This allows you to better navigate through the website’s structure.

La Grange

Coloud Headphones

This is another excellent example of a fixed header that you can use as an inspiration for your next project. This layout includes 2 designs, one which appears at first and another, smaller, which appears when you scroll down.

Coloud Headphones

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Written by Iggy

Iggy is a designer who loves experimenting with new web design techniques collating creative website designs. You can follow Iggy on Twitter.

33 Comments

  1. I added a more compact header once the the user gets past the main image to increase screen space. Fits in very well with the examples here

  2. Giancarlo says:

    Awesome list! And as a Torontonian I love how you've included 3 Toronto based design agencies!

  3. Jonathan says:

    Hi Chris,

    a top design collection! Now, a how-to would be great.

    Best regards!

  4. falz says:

    Awesome collection!
    Now I have a nice inspiration for another project. =)

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  6. Samo says:

    The best is IE Mode from I Shot Him.

  7. I Loved header Design of "Seed Spot". It looks great. We can use such type of header in all types of Websites such as we can use it for Professional pourpose.

  8. cateca says:

    These are awesome! I love how inspiring they are too. My favourite is Manos – simple and effective.

  9. Awesome collection..gonna follow it!!!!

  10. Great designs and header effects too!! Love it!!

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  12. Liam says:

    clever uses of CSS to create interested header effects, great, thanks for share!

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  14. really great designs… thank you for alot all of them

  15. drone says:

    Nice one chris, I should try this someday.

  16. Neil says:

    Great roundup chris! More then a few canadian websites in this list, its nice to see!

  17. iwrahost says:

    fine, it is really good site to learn about designing. This post is so much helpful for me to create interesting header effects using CSS. I think this post will be so much useful for all newbies and developers.

  18. softcorp says:

    The initial development of responsive web design takes more time. It is usually much easier to create RWD from scratch than to convert an existing site.

  19. Patrick Enyia says:

    Hi Chris,

    I must confess that these collections really kept me wowed! I have been designing sites for over four years now and I have not seen anything like these. I have not seen these type of header animation effect.

    Thanks for pointing these to me. I will have to implement some of the skills learnt in my next design. I promise I will let you know.

    Thanks Chris

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  26. Jared says:

    Really love the design for Manos site.

  27. Sharad Gupta says:

    Nice design tips for creating stunning websites.

  28. Leon says:

    I love the minimal logos on some of these sites.

  29. Steven Han says:

    Nice inspiration

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