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30+ websites that prove parallax isn’t dead

By Paddi MacDonnell Posted Jul. 17, 2015 Reading time: 2 minutes

Parallax scrolling is defined as a site on which the background image scrolls faster than the foreground, creating the impression of depth. That rigid definition is at the root of most of the myths about parallax: it’s not suitable for multiple pages, it’s not suitable for large sites, it’s unusable on mobile, it’s a dated trend, it’s bad for usability, users don’t like it, it’s bad for SEO, I could go on…

A better definition would be: Parallax scrolling is a site on which the elements scroll at different speeds creating a dynamic effect.

Like anything, parallax scrolling is bad for a website when it’s done badly. But so many sites do parallax well.

The parallax trend of a couple of years ago wasn’t really about parallax, it was about flat illustrations, scrolling forever to get to content, single-page sites with linear narratives. Those user experiences have dated, but parallax itself hasn’t because scrolling on the Web is natural.

Modern parallax degrades gracefully, lazy loads elements, and contributes positively to user experience. Users need visual feedback for their interactions, and parallax scrolling is the perfect way to feedback on the Web’s most common interaction, scrolling.

 

Header parallax

One of the most common implementations of parallax scrolling is header parallax. Once your eyes see depth, it’s hard to unsee it, so to create the classic impression of depth, you need only introduce it in the header. Leaving the rest of your content to scroll normally.

Chris Roberts

thisisuncoated

 

Tim de Graag

timdegraag

 

Milan Design Week

designdo

 

Y7K

y7k

 

Kontor

kontor

 

Bill Byron Wines

billbyronwines

 

The Spaces

thespaces

 

Karen Atherley

karenatherley

 

Text parallax

Parallax is often used to improve UX, by keeping text content front and center while supporting content like images scroll past the user.

Fletcher Systems

fletchersystems

 

Industry Art

industryart

 

Apple

apple

 

Another Escape

anotherescape

 

I Like Photo

ilike-photo

 

Subtle parallax

Like the former riot grrrl whose sole nod to her teenage years is an over-enthusiasm for eyeliner on a Saturday night, parallax scrolling has grown up. Subtle parallax effects applied to a few elements create an elegant browsing experience that charms and engages the user.

Character

charactersf

 

Nutsandwoods

nutsandwoods

 

You Gotta Love Frontend

yougottalovefrontend

 

Hay Rosie

hayrosie

 

Harewood Estate

harewoodestate

 

Fixed point parallax

Fixed-point parallax is ideal for keeping the focus on your primary content. This kind of parallax is often achievable with CSS alone and produces efficient and functional sites. It’s an ideal technique for product demos.

Format

format

 

Fueled

fueled

 

Simon Foster

simonfosterdesign

 

Classic parallax

The classic, full on, parallax experience is still being produced. There are dozens of sites using it to great effect. Parallax is far beyond a trend now, it’s a natural effect on the Web, as these sites show.

Pirate

piratetoronto

 

L’Amour Fou

lamourfou

 

The Light Phone

thelightphone

 

Mélanie F

melanie-f

 

Penxo

penxo

 

FS Emeric

fsemeric

 

Rob Krar

robkrar

 

Velvet Hammer

velvethammer

 

Beagle

beagle

 

Callens & Clo

callens-clo
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