10 Mind-Blowing Experimental CSS3 Techniques and Demos

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.

Our Solar System – An experiment with CSS3

Our Solar System - An experiment with CSS3

This is a recreation of our solar system using the CSS3 features border-radius, transform and animation.
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!

Our Solar System »View the Demo »

Star Wars HTML and CSS: A NEW HOPE

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!

Star Wars HTML and CSS: A NEW HOPE »View the Demo »

Pure CSS3 Animated AT-AT Walker from Star Wars

Pure CSS3 Animated AT-AT Walker from Star Wars

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.

Animated AT-AT Walker from Star Wars »View the Demo »

Pure CSS3 Spiderman Cartoon

Pure CSS3 Spiderman Cartoon

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.

Pure CSS3 Spiderman Cartoon »View the Demo ( »

CSS3 Clock – 3D Transforms and Transitions

This experimental clock has been built by using CSS3s 3D transforms and transitions. JavaScript has only been used to set the time and turn the wheels, but the wheels themselves are built and animated using only CSS. There are two demos available, one with Javascript and one without.

CSS3 Clock »View the Demo (with Javascript) »View the Demo (without Javascript) »

Pure CSS3 Page Flip Effect

Pure CSS3 Page Flip Effect

By using CSS3 gradients, transitions, 2d transforms and clipping, Román Cortés has built this pure CSS3 – without Javascript – page flipping effect magazine.
You could add some Javascript and it would then be possible to do a full catalog viewer just like the existing ones Flash versions, which are popular.
It works in Webkit based browsers (Safari and Chrome) only.

Pure CSS3 Page Flip Effect »View the Demo »

Pure CSS3 Cube

Pure CSS3 Cube

Pure CSS3 Cube Demo »

Create Social Media Icons in Pure CSS

Create Social Media Icons in Pure CSS

These icons are an amazing and practical example of what can be achieved with CSS3. Built using the new CSS3 properties border-radius, text-shadow, box-shadow and gradients. They are an amazing achievement.

Create Social Media Icons in Pure CSS »View the Demo »

Curtis CSS Typeface by David DeSandro

Curtis CSS Typeface by David DeSandro

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 background-color, border-width, border-radius, and a heavily reliance on absolute/relative positioning.

Curtis CSS Typeface by David DeSandro »View the Demo »

Anigma – Online Gaming using only CSS3 Animations and Transitions

Anigma - Online Gaming using only CSS3 Animations and Transitions

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.

Anigma Home »View the Game Demo »Download the Source Files (on GitHub) »

CSS 3D Meninas

CSS 3D Meninas

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!

CSS 3D Meninas »View Demo »

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Paul Andrew

Paul is the founder and editor of Speckyboy Design Magazine. He has many years experience within the web design industry and a passion for the latest web technologies and design trends. He lives in the small town of Inverness in the north of Scotland. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+.


  • I like the Star Wars ones the most!

  • Sublines

    Im sorry but the Meninas thing is NOT CSS3!
    Yes it is Pure CSS + 3D effect but made with common css1/2.
    its just a parallax effect and btw. that example was from 2009!