Now that we have understood the origin and background of Parallax, let us understand the history and the concept of Parallax scrolling in web design.
According to Wikipedia – Parallax scrolling is a technique in computer graphics where background images move past the camera more slowly than foreground images, creating an illusion of depth in a 2D scene and adding to the sense of immersion in the virtual experience.
Parallax scrolling was employed in the early days of animation. Many of the animation studios (like Disney) used multiplane cameras to achieve the parallax effect.
The parallax scrolling is extensively used in modern web sites. As parallax scrolling can be implemented for mobiles as well as desktop sites in one go, the popularity of such sites has skyrocketed in the recent years.
Some examples of websites that employ parallax scrolling are given below −
As the animation proceeds, you will be able to see how the website content is going interactive. As you scroll ahead, more and more information will reveal.
To introduce the reader to the benefits of a credit union, this site takes you through a storyline. As you scroll ahead, information is revealed in a unique way.
The journey of an employee to find critical information at his workplace is depicted using the scrolling experience.
This is a bit different from the usual parallax experience, the object at the top of screen moves as you hover the mouse pointer over it.
By now, it should be clear from the definition and the background that parallax scrolling is useful in wide variety of digital media. Some of the applications are parallax scrolling are below −
Parallax scrolling is widely used in game design. The character needs to move relative to the background and with the player’s control using mouse and keyboard, the whole experience needs to change. Game design is very primitive yet trendy way of using parallax scrolling.
To make the user gripped to the website, some dynamic and different experience is important. As you might have noticed from the examples of websites discussed above, parallax scrolling adds to the content because of its representation in an interactive manner.