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Parallax Design

This is just a brief research done to gain the knowledge about the Parallax Design and gather the resource to about it. So I have mentioned different site links where I found suitable points. This is not a tutorial and want to help you find the suitable resource about the Parallax Design. Hope it helps.

Parallax…?

Parallax is a displacement or difference in the apparent position of an object viewed along two different lines of sight, and is measured by the angle or semi-angle of inclination between those two lines. (Wikipedia)

And what is Parallax Design?

According to unleashed-technologies.com : Parallax site design is which the background of the website moves at a different speed as the rest of the page for an impressive visual effect that allows for countless creative applications for online storytelling.
(The site also shows trending status, opportunity of use, downside and tips for the parallax design.)

So is Parallax Design a trending subject?

Yes, Google Trends Shows it as a growing trend in the since 2009 and its trending rapidly. Google,Flickr, Puma and other many big and small companies are using this design concept.

What about Compatibility Issues?

According to joshcarllewis.com : If we assume that only those who are using browsers that don’t support or have JavaScript won’t be able to use see any parallax effects, then  according to data from Yahoo that is 2% of average traffic in the US and 1.3% in the UK. While low this number is there and must be kept in mind. If only using the plugins to make some elements more exciting this shouldn’t be a problem as backgrounds will still remain, but sites that make heavy use of jQuery to take the user along a path with popups and animations will suffer badly.

What are requirements for Parallax Design?

According to site: onbile.com : following are the requirements for parallax design:

  • CSS: Containers with relative positions

  • CSS: Using absolute positioning

  • CSS: Using z-index floating objects

  • PNG images with transparent backgrounds

  • Images, using sprites

  • JavaScript to recognize scroll position

How to create a simple parallax effect?

Webdesignerdepot.com Shows the basic example of the parallax design. That simply scrolls the position of the background image with respect to the scroll of the browser content. (Demo)

Themeforest.com uses JQuery to take a horizontally scrolling website and add a parallax scrolling background effect reminiscent of old-school 2D platform games like Sonic the Hedgehog. (Demo)

Webdesignshock.com shows a bit advance way to the parallax design. (Demo)

Is there JQuery Plug-ins for the parallax design?

Yes, there are. Some of them are listed below:

Parallax plugins comparison

The comparison of the parallax plug-ins can be found in Github.com.

Inspirations

WordPress & Parallax Design.

As the WordPress is one of the most popular CMS, application of the parallax design in WordPress is also rapidly growing. Some parallax beautiful themes for WordPress:

Other Resources

Behind The Scenes Of Nike Better World – Smashingmagazine.com

Create a Parallax Scrolling Website Using Stellar.js – Tutsplus.com

Parallaxin’ – Html5rocks.com

Rise of the Parallax Effect – Joshcarllewis.com

Parallax Scrolling and Its Usage in Web Design – Designmodo.com