How To Design a Parallax Website?

January 22, 2016

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Parallax websites have been one of the popular trends among the web design junkies for several years now. No matter, you are looking to impress your clients or need a website for your own personal use there is a good chance visitors will find your website engaging and they will surely return back once they land onto your webpage.

However, the most challenging part is it’s designing. Creating a simple but presentable websites need a deep understanding of using HTML, CSS and jQuery. Also, a bit of 3D illusion will do the job of prompting your visitors to dig into your digital space.

So, What is a Parallax Website?

Wikipedia says “the Parallax is originated from the word ‘parallaxes’ which signifies ‘alteration’. It is defined as the difference in the apparent position of the object viewed along two different lines of sight”.

The Parallax scrolling effect became famous early when Nike released its handsomely designed website named “Nike Better World” to support the athletes all over the globe. The site has received a lot of appreciation and reviews from the customers for its astounding parallax scrolling and thrilling web design.

Existed back since 1980’s, Parallax scrolling was first used in video game titles and later the same design was used on websites. At this very moment, it is a widely known design technique used on the modern web.

How to Design a Parallax Website?

After learning what parallax design is and how it puts ahead the hot style of your website, you might be wondering how to design a parallax website for yourself. Sit back and I will take you though the 4 hot trends that have been exceptionally popular over the past years.

  • The Layered Method: The technique introduces the use of multiple backgrounds moving independently – horizontal or vertical both ways, depending upon how the designer wants them to move, with an ability to be composites on each other.
  • The Sprite Method: Simply put, using a large image including manifold images that shows only parts of that particular image at different positions. This effect is commonly used in navigation menus.
  • The Repeating Pattern Method: Scrolling displays are designed of individual tiles that are made to float over a repeating background layer.
  • The Raster Method: Lines of pixels in an image are usually combined and refreshed from top-to-bottom with a slight delay between drawing previous line and the next line.

Final Words

Parallax scrolling is gradually being implemented on numerous websites across the web. If you spend sometime to get more inspiration over the web, you will see a lot of advanced designs that are creative as well as appealing enough to bring more visitors.

In this article, I’ve clarified what a parallax design looks like and several ways to design a parallax website so you can play around and design a user engaging website using Parallax.

Hope you have enjoyed this post…thanks for reading and feel free to ask any questions or queries.

About the Author Ranjit Singh is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at RV Technologies. In the past 10+ years, he has focused on helping clients to expand their business through the best digital solutions. Leading a team of 100+ employees, he knows how to implement the best market practices to transform a client’s business growth and help him achieve dedicated goals.

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