Design Methods & Best Practices for Parallax Website Layouts

All of the many trends in web design have their own best practices and provisional guidelines for creating a great design. Although many rules are borrowed from traditional art, these techniques differ in the realm of digital design. When people are expected to interact with your design you’ll need to approach each problem from an experiential viewpoint.

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Parallax web design is a tricky subject because it encompasses many different ideas. But most of these ideas follow a similar trajectory of dynamic navigation, fluid content, and visualized ideas. This post delves into some practical methods for crafting usable parallax layouts that people will enjoy. At times it can be a balancing act but once you have a direction the whole creative process becomes much clearer.

Building a Single-Page Dynamic Website using AnimateScroll.js

Sliding parallax websites incorporate animation with page sections to build a very unique experience. Over the past few years I have found a large number of parallax designs wrapped into a single webpage. Notably this parallax interface may be hard-coded from scratch, but there are lots of free open source plugins to do the job quicker.

In this tutorial I want to demonstrate how we can use AnimateScroll to build a sliding single-page website layout. I’ve kept inner page content to a minimum so we can see exactly how the CSS structure works with the animations. Keep in mind this definitely isn’t a tough concept to implement. But you should have an understanding of page hierarchy and CSS positioning or it gets confusing fast. Check out my live demo example to see exactly what we are making.

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