21 Examples of Parallax Scrolling in Web Design

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Parallax is a difference in the in the apparent position of an object viewed along different lines of sight. The term derives from the Greek word parallaxis, meaning alteration. In web design, the parallax effect is a relatively new trend. The effect itself has been around for a while, but lately is becoming more used and talked about.

The Parallax effect or parallax scrolling in web design is the technique that features layered images that move around the website in different speeds/perspectives creating a nice and interesting 3D illusion. We gathered some examples of websites using the parallax effect to inspire you. This effect certainly makes scrolling around websites an interesting experience.

cultural solutions uk

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Campaign Monitor is Hiring

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International Watch Co

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Nike Better World

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Old Pulteney Row to the Pole

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Webdesign Karlsruhe

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YEBO Creative

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Head2Heart

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Len M

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iutopi

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Drupalcon Denver 2012

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Ben the Body Guard

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Fingerbilliards

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Kisko Labs

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Guy Vernes

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Netlash-bSeen

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Egopop Creative Studio

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Jan Ploch

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Web is Beautiful

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unfold

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manufacture d’essai

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Gisele Muller loves communication, technology, web, design, movies, gastronomy and creativity. Web writer, portuguese/english translator and co founder of @refilmagem & @mentaway Twitter: @gismullr

54 Comments

  1. SitePunk
    May 23, 2011

    Wow, nice collection! Thanks for sharing! Keep up the good work! :)

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  2. Federica Sibella
    May 23, 2011

    I love Head2Heart, really beautifully done. Thanks for the inspiring collection.

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  3. Tristar Web Design
    May 23, 2011

    A really fantastic list showing a really intelligent and impressive style of web design. I would love to learn more about how to do this, if anyone knows of any discussions or possible tutorials I could have a go at I would be really grateful. I’m a big fan of Cultural Solutions and YEBO Creative and I love the way unfold appears to be sliding diagonally.

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    • fractalfrog
      May 23, 2011

      Some tutorials:

      http://www.ianlunn.co.uk/blog/code-tutorials/recreate-nikebetterworld-parallax/
      http://www.tutorialshock.com/tutorials/single-page-portfolio-vertical-parallax-jquery-css/
      http://thinkvitamin.com/design/how-to-recreate-silverbacks-parallax-effect/

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  4. Kick Interactive
    May 23, 2011

    I love these, I didn’t even know what Parallax meant until this post.

    I agree with Head2Heart, that’s a really nice one. Iutopi is my fav I love the grainy vector artwork and the scrolling effect works so well with the diving theme. The site design makes you want to scroll through all of the content and reach the bottom!

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  5. Chris Ovenden
    May 23, 2011

    I haven’t worked may way through the whole list yet, but the awful user experience of the first few – viewed in Chrome and Firefox 4 on Linux – offer a compelling argument against ever doing this.

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    • Lisa
      November 14, 2013

      I love the Parallax scrolling when I am on my desktop with two 25″ monitors, But on an ipad, almonst none of these designs worked. I wonder who these designerrs are aiming at?

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  6. Pragmatic Design
    May 23, 2011

    These are wonderful!

    I remember first seeing parallax scrolling in “Shadow of the Beast” on the Amiga. I didn’t think I’d still be getting excited about it 20 years later!

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    • Tim Somers
      May 23, 2011

      I LOVED “Shadow of the Beast!” :)

      now, back on topic…

      Webdesign Karlsruhe intrigued me a great deal. Basing the scrolling on mouse movement was a little disconcerting at first, but proved rather effective once you get the hang of it.

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  7. Simen
    May 23, 2011

    Check this site out aswell: http://www.moodsofnorway.com

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  8. Greg
    May 23, 2011

    Hmm… pretty similar to this post a few weeks ago.

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  9. Christophe Lauer
    May 23, 2011

    Very nice collection of websites. If you’re interested in such sites using paralax to render compelling effects, I’m sure you will want to check this full HTML5 Comics created by the French studio “Steaw Webdesign” :

    http://www.nevermindthebullets.com/

    You can also create your own comics, and share with friends ;)

    Enjoy !
    /CL

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  10. Seth McLain
    May 23, 2011

    Totally agree with Chris Ovenden. I couldn’t get through the first few. Distracting and glitchy. The idea itself, if done in a subtle way where it doesn’t detract from the content, isn’t bad, but the reality is just awful. I would never use this in a design.

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  11. Johan
    May 23, 2011

    Really cool! I didn´t know what it meant until I found this post.

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  12. Osvaldas
    May 23, 2011

    Not mentioned, but example as well: http://www.sheepy.me (with depth illusion)

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  13. Inspiraaz
    May 23, 2011

    Realy good one, not mentioned here is BeerCamp … if you keep scrolling on the beer camp site you get the inception spinning top.

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  14. Angelee
    May 23, 2011

    The very first one looks amazing.. really a unique design! Parallax is indeed the hippy trend now.

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  15. Graham
    May 24, 2011

    I’ve been browsing different sites for modern design ideas, i was wondering why i haven’t got to your site at the first place. Your collections are cool. I’m trying to browse most of your design to learn more.

    You’re site is now bookmarked! thank you for sharing your ideas.

    Graham
    info@jdesign.net.au

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  16. Pushpinder Bagga
    May 24, 2011

    Super!

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  17. Jessica
    May 24, 2011

    To be honest, except for maybe head2heart, they were all horrible in user experience.

    Not sure these were the best in the bunch to pick from to show what parallax is all about. It would be better to see them in less evasive examples.

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  18. Flemming Rasmussen
    May 24, 2011

    This new Lars Von Trier site for Melancholia does a nice job of parallax scrolling too.
    http://www.melancholiathemovie.com/

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  19. Mauro Macchiaroli
    May 24, 2011

    Thanks Giselle for this article. But please fix the name of our website. Its Iutopi. not Iutopia. Thanks again

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    • Gisele Muller
      May 24, 2011

      Sorry for that! Just updated.

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  20. Jonathan Weisberg
    May 24, 2011

    These are all great examples and really cool websites! Great inspiration.

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  21. Lex Koff
    May 24, 2011

    Really cool special effect! I did run into the sites like that a few times in the past, but had no idea how it’s called. Thanks for an inspiring round up and the tutorials in the comment section. Really appreciate it!

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  22. Sweb
    May 24, 2011

    Many beautiful examples that help the designer to quickly come up with ideas for your new design. Sure, thanks for this nice article

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  23. Ronnie Saini Web Design
    May 24, 2011

    wow!

    I didn’t even know what Parallax meant until before this post, very different and very creative concepts. I loved the designs and layouts.

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  24. Steve Downey
    May 25, 2011

    So, what’s the final verdict? The UX’ers vs. the designers

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  25. Ehab
    May 25, 2011

    Thank you for the crazy creativity, yes we have to be crazy to make creative work like this, i looooooove it

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  26. Ant
    May 25, 2011

    This site also has parallax scrolling http://www.jtypevan.com/ The vans change every time you go to a different page. I love the way they bounce along!

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  27. david anthony
    May 25, 2011

    This is a step backwards. They may look pretty but it just doesn’t work.It’s that never ending search for gimmicks that destroys the UI integrity. Go easy with this….

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  28. i2space
    May 26, 2011

    Great collection of web sites, Before this post i dnt even heard of “parallax” word. But now its amazing to see parallax on website too. This is an amazing creation. I had spent lot of time to go through all those sites, Thans for clubbing together all parallax sites

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  29. mike
    May 27, 2011

    I used this on my website header: http://beantowndesign.com Try dragging the screen to different widths, see the building and clouds move differently.

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  30. lawoman
    May 27, 2011

    Very nice from a visual standpoint. From a usability standpoint, some are more effective than others.

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  31. Jonas
    June 3, 2011

    Also check http://www.demodern.de/

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    • Nagavardhan Raju
      August 19, 2011

      Do you any idea how to duplicate this website scrolling feature? thanks.

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  32. connect
    June 4, 2011

    Hello Friend ,

    Nice Comments

    I am here to know about the web designing, such as how to add two different images but make sure partition should invisible.

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  33. Ajay
    June 6, 2011

    All of them are nice, creative and innovative but mess up with eyes and mind when u try to scroll.

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  34. Incircle media
    June 17, 2011

    It’s really wow collection.

    I like it.

    Thanks to share.

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  35. John Bristowe
    July 3, 2011

    Check out NewZealand.com. A nice example!

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  36. Derek
    July 18, 2011

    The Dentsu Network site is another really nice example
    http://www.dentsunetwork.com/

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  37. Denes
    November 3, 2011

    Wow,
    good collection, great inspiration.
    Check this dynamic 3D cloudy sky parallax webpage: http://bit.ly/vWDYlK

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  38. Malena
    November 25, 2011

    This is an awesome list! Many thanks! This is also another site that does a really good job with the parallax effect. http://www.gibsonsfinest.ca/

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  39. Jon
    November 30, 2011

    This is the best source on the web for inspiring digital design. Thank you so very much.

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  40. Will Sky
    December 26, 2011

    Just launched my first parallax scrolling site http://www.visconnect.de – screen adjusted and smart-phone safe ;)
    with mooTools and Contao CMS

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  41. RLG
    January 4, 2012

    Nice, another good web design scrolling parallax for happy new year digital card : http://bit.ly/AaIDit,

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  42. κατασκευη ιστοσελιδων
    January 17, 2012

    Very nice parallax design!

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  43. Georgi Georgiev
    February 22, 2012

    Really nice post! Really interesting webdesign technology!
    I would recomment one more site like these: http://www.webseitenfactory.de/

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  44. Joennie Sindo
    March 13, 2012

    Great selection of Parallax scrolling effect. I launched my redesigned portfolio site with this in mind. Please check it out: http://digitaljoni.com

    There are lots of cool animations and features to the site. Watch the flying airship fly by as you scroll down.

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  45. jack
    April 9, 2012

    nice work ya

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  46. Santosh
    April 25, 2012

    This is also parallax :) = http://www.thisisnowexhibition.com/

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  47. Web Komsija
    August 13, 2012

    looks very descrete not to much fancy, and it can be used and for some blogs and for bussines websites… Thx!

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  48. Howard Steele
    June 25, 2013

    Great trend and great websites!

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  49. Joe
    September 13, 2013

    There’s a beautiful implementation of parallax background photography on travel magazine Peregrine’s website: http://peregrinemag.com/desert-calling-negotiating-the-edge-of-existence-in-the-namib/

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