As CSS3 gathers momentum, more and more new techniques and ideas are being published every other day. Each seems to explore exciting never seen before avenues, and ALL push CSSes boundaries ever further away. It really is an exciting time for web design.
The post should have been called “The Top 10 Kick-Ass Experimental CSS3 Techniques That Simply Blew My Mind Away!“, but instead we opted for the conservative route. Having said that, that title describes this post to a tee, and gives you a clearer idea of what you will find.
Anyway, here are our favorite CSS3 experimental techniques, And please, please do try this at home, we will really look forward to seeing your results.
This is a recreation of our solar system using the CSS3 features
The orbits and planets have all been built using
border-radius, while the animation have been done via
–webkit animation properties and
transform. The result is amazing!
A couple of years ago, would you have thought that the Star Wars Episode IV opening crawl could be built by using only CSS and HTML? I didn’t either.
This inspirational experiment, built by Guillermo Esteves, only works in recent versions of Safari and WebKit on Mac OS X.
If you do view it in your browser, just be aware that it may not work work, and may even crash your browser. Never mind the warnings, go for it, try the demo!
This article is not only showcasing experimental CSS3, it actually shows you how to do it via a highly detailed and well written tutorial (by Anthony Calzadilla), that walks you through the process of creating a CSS3 animation of an AT-AT Walker from The Empire Strikes Back.
This experiment is a recreation of the intro to the classic 1967 Spiderman cartoon using CSS3 for animation and with a little dash of HTML5 for audio.
It works in Webkit based browsers (Safari and Chrome) only.
These icons are an amazing and practical example of what can be achieved with CSS3. Built using the new CSS3 properties
gradients. They are an amazing achievement.
Curtis is the name given to this font, that has been entirely built using CSS3. All shapes are rendered by the browser, using a combination of
border-radius, and a heavily reliance on absolute/relative positioning.
Benjamin Meyer has built the experimental Anigma, an online game designed to showcase some of CSS3s functionality, and in particular its transitions and animations.
Anigma is a simple puzzle game where the player has to remove the jewels from the screen, by moving matching jewels next to each other, and progress through multiple levels of varying difficulty.
The source files are also available.
This is another experimental demo from Román Cortés, this time he has taken the classic painting 'The Maids of Honour (Las Meninas)' and given the painting a CSS pseudo-3D/parallax effect. It is pure CSS.
It has been tested and it is working on Internet Explorer 8, Firefox 3, Opera 9, Safari 3, Chrome 4 and Konqueror 3.5, and it even validates!