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Showcase of Parallax Scrolling Effects in Web Design

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The parallax illusion is one of the coolest effects to hit the world of web design. This showcase rounds up the best examples of websites that have scrolling parallax effects. Some use the effect to add a subtle effect to the website’s background, whereas others use the parallax effect more prominently to create an exciting browsing experience.

Para-what?!

The parallax effect has been around for years in classic video games but came into a trend in the web design community when it was implemented into the background of the Silverback app website. The simple type of parallax effect seen on the Silverback site was used to spice the design with a hidden treat, only visible when the user’s browser is resized. The effect has since evolved and is now commonly seen as part of the scrolling feature of a web page, where multiple backgrounds seem to move at different speeds.

Vertical parallax & scrolling parallax examples

This showcase of examples pulls together some of the latest and best vertical and/or scrolling parallax effects in web design. As you can see from the showcase many have been inspired by this trend, and some even take it a step further. Be sure to check out each site individually and stroke that scroll wheel to see the full effect.

Shaker Brand

This company offers a complete service of audio branding including original music, jingles, and more, and their website is perfectly designed to showcase what they do best.

Shaker Brand scrolling parallax effects

Brice Darmon

Discover the amazing work of Brice Darmon, French photographer based in Paris and NYC. His portfolio is filled with parallax effects which make it even more interesting!

Brice Darmon

McColl Center for Art + Innovation

This is the website of a nationally acclaimed contemporary art center dedicated to connecting art and artists with the community.

McColl Center for Art + Innovation scrolling parallax effects

Jet Edge

Jet Edge is a leading manufacturer of ultra-high pressure waterjet systems for industrial precision cutting. Their presentation website makes use of the wonderful animations given by the parallax trend.

Jet Edge scrolling parallax effects

BORN

BORN is an award-winning global digital & content production agency and this amazing website is their portfolio. The homepage starts with a parallax video and as you scroll down, beautiful typography and imagery appears.

BORN Best Web Design scrolling parallax effects

Netlash-bSeen

This website is an inspiration for all parallax lovers! Their mission is to provide inspiration, motivation and insight into how you design the web.

 scrolling parallax effects

LIX – The smallest 3D printing pen in the world

This smart & awesome 3D pen enables you to doodle in the air! Their website design is just as impressive as their product!

-LIX - The Smallest Circular 3D Printing Pen in the World

iutopi

This is the website of a  small independent digital agency. It has beautiful illustrations paired with subtle parallax effects.

 scrolling parallax effects

Giacomorelli

Giacomorelli is a popular show brand with collections are distributed worldwide. This website is just as creative and elegant as their products.

Giacomorelli scrolling parallax effects

Mélanie F

This is a website created for the Melanie F slippers, which were born from the desire to offer a different vision of the design. Soothing music accompanies the great graphics.

Mélanie F scrolling parallax effects

CSS & jQuery parallax tutorials

Fancy giving it a go with a website of your own? This collection of resources will come in handy. Two of these tutorials cover the process of building the popular vertical or scrolling parallax effect, whereas the third from a few years back looks at the clever CSS behind that original Silverback example.

The Parallax Effects With jQuery

Check out the full explanation of parallax scrolling effects and how to create them using jQuery, in this comprehensive tutorial.

 

The Parallax Effects With jQuery

Build a parallax scrolling website interface with jQuery and CSS

Learn how to build a parallax scrolling website interface with jQuery and CSS. The demo web page shows one approach to building a vertical parallax scrolling interface.

Build parallax scrolling website interface with jQuery CSS

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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.

37 Comments

  1. Matt Green says:

    Great spotting of the shark @alice. Top post of some great sites Chris. @Nick D I also find the CM site jittery?

  2. alice bicycle says:

    Has anyone noticed that when you get the fish on level one of the iutopi site lined up just right they form the outline of a shark? Now that is clever… ')

  3. 51 Website Design says:

    Lol, you know I was going to delete all my email until I saw yours. It makes me want to read the rest now =].

  4. Nick Downie says:

    Anybody else get a horrible jittery scrolling experience when looking at campaign monitor's hiring page in Chrome?

  5. Gustavs says:

    WOW that parallax scrolling effect is awesome! Thanks!

  6. Sagi says:

    Great post Chris! Really! I really think you hit the trend that a lot of people didnt even know its name :)
    Cheers!

  7. dedy moffedys says:

    i choose iutopi very inspirational..

  8. bellingen web design says:

    The web has really come along way over the past few years. The whole web 2.0 push has changed things forever… and dare i say jQuery!?

  9. Brandon Corbin says:

    There's no doubt that parallax is a killer experience. But it's only killer on modern browsers WITH modern computers. Until browsers become more efficient with all of these effects, and more people have powerful computers, I'd hold off. Don't forget that 25% of online shoppers are still using IE 6! :: shrugs::

  10. Adam Booth says:

    Great incite into a great effect to either enhance web-design or create a stunning backbone for a site.
    The 'Nike Better World site uses the full potential of this effect. I love the way it has been used with quality photography to create a sleek interface.
    This is contrasted with sites like 'IWC Schaffhausen' and 'Old Pulteney Row to the Pole' which use it in a more subtle way to add a little more in interest to the site without it being overpowering.

  11. Interactive Solutions says:

    Parallax illusion is very helpful in the field of web designing but some old designer don't except this strategy.

  12. Brian Yerkes says:

    The effect can be nice sometimes, but it is terrible for SEO. So many designers don't take SEO into consideration and great web design is a match between all of the elements, not just design and interactivity.

  13. juan iconshock says:

    Thanks for featuring our tut Chris :)

  14. DesignWoop says:

    Thats a great effect, I have never seen it before. Great collection of sites also.

  15. Carl Doppler says:

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    Exterior holiday decorating for commercial properties. This includes having the option to lease or purchase our holiday lights and decorations plus; having our team of professional decorators perform installation, maintenance, and removal of the holiday lights and decorations.

  16. Andy Feliciotti says:

    Campaign Monitor's hiring site is just plain WOW

  17. Jose Gonzalez says:

    HEY CHRIS,

    Great examples of parallax effect while those are very well executed it would be intresting to know how this one is done.

    http://www.alexandregomes.com.br/default.aspx

  18. Joe says:

    This is a strange technique like said above it does confuse the eyes a bit, having said this some of the designers have made it work, the Beckham one looked quite good.

    Thanks Chris:)

  19. @thesanti says:

    Thanks Chris!

  20. ABDUL JANOO says:

    you also make such kind of web site chris………. in tutorials

  21. Cedar Rapids Web Design says:

    Very nice post! Its true that one can learn something new everyday.

  22. Anthony says:

    AMAZING!

  23. Manik says:

    Definitely a great effect – love seeing innovative uses of it.

  24. Andrew Procter says:

    Great selection here – most of these are really well done. We did something similar at ResIM for one of our blog posts – http://res.im/speed

  25. Markus says:

    I find a lot of web browsing effects pointless and a waste of time but this one I love.

  26. Lin Mac says:

    I have to be honest, most of these don't do much more than confuse me neurologically. Ben The Bodyguard is clearly the best use of this effect. I think it worked well with the Beckham & IWC sites, as well.

  27. wwe wallpaper says:

    great …..

  28. Lee Gustin says:

    Love these!! Thanks

  29. Jimb0 says:

    Great roundup, I love this style.

  30. Gonzo the Great says:

    Hi Chris,

    .. nice collection featuring the parallax effect. Ben the Bodyguard and Nike are still the most impressive I think ..

    Maybe because I saw this effect first on these sites? What can I say, .. I'm an sentimental (old) fool ;-P

    Thanks for sharing this, Cheers & Ciao ..

  31. Fredrik says:

    You forgot this one: unfold.no

    • Tychop says:

      that one is really great, i love the effect that it starts again on top when your on the bottom of the page but keep scrolling.

  32. Ian Lunn says:

    Thanks for linking to my tutorial :)

  33. AliHM says:

    iutopi very best in this collection :D thanks

  34. Interactive Solutions says:

    Thanks for sharing characteristic of parallax illusion for effective web designing.

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