The Latest and Greatest in Creative Web Site Functionality: Top 5 Demos to Get Inspired By

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I don’t know about you, but the latest CSS technology is blowing us away each day here at PaperStreet. Flash is a thing of the past and no one is looking back. The new animation and transition effects that are being developed are taking creativity on the web to an unimaginable level. At PaperStreet, we are continually researching new functionality to get inspired by and to influence our many custom client projects.

Welcome to a day in the life of a designer and developer as I show you the top 5 demos that will rock your world.

1. Circle Hover Effects

A computer monitor displaying a webpage titled "Circle Hover Effects" with three circular graphic buttons labeled "Bear," "Salon Spaces Illustrations," and "Life, Lead & Love." This demo showcases the latest and greatest in creative website functionality: top 5 demos to get inspired by.

Let your creativity run wild with these impressive yet simple circle hover effects. There are so many concepts and areas of your site that you could apply these to. It’s a great way to highlight the people, services, or values of your company.

Check out how PaperStreet used one of these circle hover effect demos on one of our recent client’s website redesign projects:

A computer monitor showcasing a webpage titled "Kristin Mackey: Manage Your Particles!". The site highlights an image of a woman gazing upwards and three sections: New Book, Services, and KMack Workshop Blog. Discover the latest and greatest in creative web site functionality: top 5 demos to get inspired by.

2. Spice Up Your Menu with CSS3

Computer monitor displaying a webpage titled "How to Spice Up Your Menu with CSS3" with an illustrated image of an elderly man and several names listed below the image, showcasing "The Latest and Greatest in Creative Web Site Functionality: Top 5 Demos to Get Inspired By.

Another clean, yet impactful CSS effect is this functionality trick guaranteed to spice up your menu. I’m personally dying to use this one on a team or attorneys landing page to give viewers a sneak peak of the profile. Although I love the illustrations they use, nice photos will suffice too.

3. Expanding Overlay Effect

A computer monitor displays a webpage with colorful boxes showing different cities (Lisbon, Paris, Belgrade, Moscow, New Delhi, Tel Aviv, Cairo, New York, San Francisco, Tokyo) and their temperatures. It's a perfect example of the latest and greatest in creative website functionality.

With Google’s new SEO algorithm suggesting at least 500 words of content on a page and the obvious need for an aesthetically pleasing and user-friendly website, we as designers often face a challenge: How do you include a lot of content without making the site look cluttered? Recent CSS functionality developments have made that challenge a whole lot easier. Take a look at this awesome demo which cleverly gives the appearance of minimal content while engaging functionality reveals the additional text. Upon landing on the page, you will see an image like the one above this paragraph, however if you click on one of the colored squares, you will see how it expands and holds content that was previously hidden.

A computer screen displays a weekly weather forecast for Lisbon, showing sunny days from Monday to Saturday with temperatures ranging from 17°C to 22°C, and partly cloudy on Sunday at 18°C. It's like browsing the latest and greatest in creative web site functionality—clear, concise, and visually inspiring.

4. Sliding Image Panels

A computer monitor displays a website titled "Sliding Image Panels with CSS3," showcasing an image of a woman by the sea, labeled "SERENDIPITY." Four numbered buttons are beneath the image. Experience the latest and greatest in creative web site functionality: top 5 demos to get inspired by.

The image area in the top half of your home page is prime real estate. It’s the ideal opportunity to communicate your most important messages and create a lasting impression on your users. This is the area where PaperStreet features bold tag lines, creative images, and engaging animation on our websites. This particular functionality demo uses sliding image panels and fade in / out type transitions. It’s interesting, captivating, and it naturally invites the user to keep clicking and see more.

5. Full Screen Slit Slider

Computer screen displaying a yellow background with a silhouette of a panther, the phrase "ACTA NON VERBA," and a quote from "Maggie Clarke" about eating meat - taking inspiration from the latest and greatest in creative website functionality.

I saved the best for last in this post of inspirational demos. This Full Screen Slit Slider is nothing short of awesome and is jam packed with functionality. Not only does the slide split diagonally and abstractly to transition, but the center slide image enters in from one side AND rotates along the way. Wow, what more could you ask for? The beauty of it is that all these bells and whistles still do not detract from the focus on the image and its message.

Did these demos inspire you as much as they inspired us? Drop us a line or send us any of the functionality tricks that make you tick.

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