Single page websites have been around for a while, but are a current trend in website design. The emergence of HTML5 and CSS3, along with the greatly improving effects available from jQuery libraries are enabling almost limitless creativity for single page websites without using Flash.
Take a look at the single page websites we have selected for this round-up, most of which employ some open source mark-up elements, all of which are extremely creative and beautifully presented.
Beautiful and Functional Single Page Websites
A very well designed single page website that has vertical scrolling with some parallax effects.
A concise single page website with lots of white space whilst still managing to display all necessary information.
A very bold and busy design using just black, white and yellow to create an eye-catching layout.
An organic design that includes many ‘in-vogue’ elements such as natural paper textures and ribbons.
Another single page vertical scrolling site that includes some parallax effects.
A vertical scrolling single page website with some excellent open source mark-up effects.
A beautiful and effective single page website that acts like a Flash site but uses open source mark-up for its effects.
An unusual design – when you land on this page you ‘dive’ straight to the bottom of the ocean! Clicking on any of the navigation tabs on the right will take you to the relevant part of the page. On first sight you may not notice the small + in the center of each page – clicking on this will provide information in the form of a semi-transparent fly-out display. Once again, this site does not use Flash.
This site is stunning in appearance, and is the marketing tool for a song by John Reinhold called ‘Shoot Me Down’. The website is worth viewing and the song is also worth a listen!
This site gets into so many lists for one reason or another, so who am I to leave it out? Organically designed with a wood texture background, leather-effect tabs and a paper texture for the content area, the vertical scrolling includes some parallax effects and the content area includes open source mark-up effects. An all-round excellent example of a single page website.
A beautifully designed and laid-out single page website, again using open source mark-up for elements that not so long ago would have to have been produced using Flash.
A beautiful example of a single page portfolio site – clean and concise and including all necessary information.
There is no doubt that open source mark-up is fast replacing Flash for some website effects, and single page website designers and developers are making good use of all that is now available for improved presentation.
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