An area that has seen a good bit of experimentation recently is utilizing CSS to fully design or enhance artwork. For example, designers have tried their hand at recreating popular characters with impressive results.
Animated Fireworks by Julian Garnier
This anime.js logo animation uses a combo of CSS and (of course) JS to create a colorful and dynamic animated logo. Not only is there a cool intro animation, but subsequent clicks on the logo release more fireworks. It’s kind of addictive.
Scaling With Ease by Hugo Darby-Brown
One interesting advantage of using CSS for your logo is the ability to scale to match any size – much like an SVG file. The example logo below for Shop Talk shows off the pixel-perfect scaling of CSS, right alongside a PNG that can’t quite keep up.
Handwritten by Gray Ghost
This example has been around for a while, but it’s still beautiful. The scripted text of the logo is revealed as if it were being handwritten across the screen. It’s simple but effective.
Open & Close by Marco Barría
While this white logo looks fabulous on the multicolored background, the real gem here is the play/reverse functionality that was built in. Hitting “play” will make the logo appear via a slick animation, while reverse (you guessed it) does the whole process backwards. This could be useful in situations where, for example, you want to signify the closing of an element.
Pure Chrome by Mike King
Here’s a faithful rendition of the Chrome logo, done with pure CSS and in a single HTML element. It shows how much can be accomplished with CSS in terms of creating a seamless look and complicated shapes. The spinning hover effect is also a nice touch.
In the Spotlight by Nikk Tifan
Hovering on either of the logos in this pen will give a “spotlight” effect on the immediate area of your cursor. It adds an element of cool and encourages interaction.
Unique Drawing Effect by Cody
This example is outstanding on a couple of levels. First, the animation that takes the logo from a sort-of technical drawing through to a finished product is fun to watch. Second, the subtly animated gradient background perfectly complements the entire scene.
Minimal, Yet Fun Logo by Melissa Cabral
Okay, minimal and fun don’t usually get mentioned together. But in this case – it fits. This simple logo with a rainbow of animated blocks in the background adds personality to something that would otherwise be quite plain.
Subtly Telling a Story by Sam Chahine
Animation is one of the big fads in logos, but sometimes it can be a bit too much. What makes this example so great is that the opening book animation is complimentary of the brand without overdoing it.
Logos Can Do More
So not only is this a practice of adding another cool feature to your site – but it’s also an exercise in increasing brand awareness as well.