Showcase: 20 Examples of Scrolling as an Innovative Design Tool

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Scrolling is most often viewed as a mundane design necessity, but a few innovative web designers have used scrolling not just as part of typical page navigation, but as something to incorporate into the design itself. Some designers are creating fairly simple sites that use your browser canvas size to create “slides” that you glide through to see all of the content. A few highly-creative designers are trying inventive, unorthodox scrolling techniques: using scrolling to trigger animation, telling a story-like narrative with scrolling, and even creating depth with the parallax scrolling effect — where background images move more slowly than the foreground images while scrolling.

Here’s a showcase of 20 highly-unusual scrolling techniques to help you foster some scrolling techniques of your own.

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Do you have a favorite example? Have you created some interesting scrolling on projects of your own? Do you view scrolling as a mundane design necessity that’s not meant to be played with, or do you consider it an underutilized opportunity to make more innovative designs?

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Isabelle is a design writer based out of Australia.

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