Website Designs with Depth Perception: Wonderful Examples

We are gradually getting used to the fact that professional designers don’t have limits; they just simply push boundaries of general conceptions and recreate whatever comes to their minds. One of the best examples confirming this notion is website design with depth perception. Despite the fact that initially it is a two-dimensional medium, nowadays, designers are capable of transforming conventional flat website appearance into astonishing 3-dimensional environment by simply establishing an illusion of depth.

There are different ways of simulating depth perception, most commonly used are:

  • Natural depth of landscapes;
  • polygonal art that fakes convex and concave areas;
  • photo manipulated backgrounds;
  • combination of subtle shading and lighting;
  • focal points;
  • perspective;
  • digital collage;
  • skeuomorphic setting;
  • overlapping layers;
  • typography treatments;
  • and, of course, various illustrations with 3-dimensional touch.

Maybe you can add some more to our list, so don’t be shy, share with us your own method.

So, faking 3D theme is not impossible, whereas implementation itself can be a really exigent. As a rule designers utilize several approaches simultaneously in order to reinforce the whole effect.

Today we have prepared a list that includes modern striking website designs with skillfully incorporating depth perception.

Oakley Airbrake MX features incredible soil-inspired scene with different-sized rocks, which are scattered all over the welcome section.

Oakley Airbrake MX

Mokhtar SAGHAFI amazingly utilizes polygonal art that recreates a feeling of convexity, making a background look 3-dimensional.

Mokhtar SAGHAFI

Kalixo is a one-page parallax-based website design, which recreates depth perception by means of vibrant images that complement almost every page.

Kalixo

Teapot is a light website with an elegant refined look that leverages 3D realistic photo backgrounds.

Teapot

GoodTwin makes use of full screen image slider. Each slide includes exquisite non-Isometric islet-based artwork with a lot of free room and hint of zero gravity.

WizAd is a good example of adopting graphical approach in order to recreate depth perception by using blend of colorful vector graphics and illustrations with beautifully realized perspective.

WizAd

Flash vs HTML fascinates onlookers by magnificent cosmic-themed design, which includes simple but really beneficial background animation that brings everything alive.

Flash vs HTML

DigitalXBridge is an illustration-driven website with horizontal parallax effect. Polygon-styled background has an effect of extending into a depth, making a website look volumetric.

DigitalXBridge

Yookoso does a great job of arranging objects in the foreground in such way that every image gets a feeling of depth.

Yookoso

Phonak has an urban appeal with a lively, full of light accurate image collage that has a strongly marked sense of profoundness.

Phonak

Unyca simply recreates a depth feeling due to background with geometric pattern made in one color, and accurately placed images of accessories that are slightly enlarged and blurred in the foreground.

Unyca

Handy Pick is another successful experiment with focusing and blurring objects that interact with each other.

Handy Pick

3magine exhibit charming skeuomorphic image slider that utilizes perfectly designed, truly realistic wooden shelf as a background.

3magine

Carlaine conveys a sense of depth through floating in the air products and amazingly illustrated cave that is recreated by means of polygonal technique and subtle color fading gradient.

Carlaine

La Grange features nature-inspired images in a slider with a 3-dimensional environment.  First slide includes 3-dimensional multangular debris on a fore, whereas second picture simply utilizes a notion that foreground elements have to be bigger than graphics on a background.

La Grange

Diesel spices up every model shot with scattered cubes of various size and legibility, adding to an image a depth touch.

Diesel

Brick Art demonstrates playful Lego-styled alley with trees made of bricks. Undoubtedly, landing page has a profound exterior, although unduly busy background looks a bit hard for perception sometimes.

Brick Art

Findus welcomes its users with clean and neat digital collage founded in clouds, representing wonderful combination of various landmarks on a pedestals and cuisine attributes.

Findus

Fondazione Borsalino uses scrapbook technique, mixing and partially superimposing layers that all together mimic deepness of a whole scene.

Fondazione Borsalino

Babel is a flawless composition that consists of highly-detailed artistic environment. Designer achieves sense of depth by means of non-flat pictures, shading and moving graphics in a front view.

Babel

Outdoor Bergen nicely incorporates nature motifs in every image background, using blur or focus effect to add a sense of dimension.

Outdoor Bergen

Hot Dot draws users’ attention by means of dark home page with excellent transfer of the image depth, which is achieved only by set of different 3-dimensional objects that are spread out over the whole page.

Hot Dot

Real Clear skillfully represents each section as a sterling highly-detailed room with wooden floor and walls that looks overly realistic.

Real Clear

Ultra Oil is another good example of recreating the illusion of depth by means of focal point, making some elements closer or farther to the spectators.

Ultra Oil

thinkLuke has a strong adventure vibe in which third dimension is faked by means of spectacular photo manipulation.

thinkLuke

Casino Barcelona is a rather plain website that simulates perspective by simply blurring and changing in size several identical objects in order to make them look closer to a viewer.

Casino Barcelona

Reflection

Adding some depth to your design can be of great benefit, since it quickly makes you stand out, but it’s really important to keep in mind such essential and inherent-to-good design things as readability, usability, and, of course, unobtrusiveness. Almost everything is riding on these aspects, as sometimes startling, truly realistic design can bring opposite effect, making people to remember a picture, but not a website and purpose for which it was created. So, proper balance between decorative and informative side in adding depth perception is much appreciated.

What do you think of recreating depth perception in website design? Does it instantly grab your attention? Or you are a supporter of trendy elegant flat design? Which example did you find the most astonishing?

Nataly Birch

I'm an internet entrepreneur and an amateur web designer and developer from Sevastopol. In my spare time I read books, play board games and volleyball.

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7 Comments
  1. Seb May 23, 1:00 pm

    Depends completely on the website and what it’s for. I love flat design and use it in my own projects but it’s not applicable in every situation. The motocross website example above wouldn’t work with flat design for example :)

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  2. Charlie May 23, 1:18 pm

    Great websites! In the most cases is parallax effect so maybe this site
    ArcadioEnMadrid.es
    should be too in this collection?

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  3. Marcin May 23, 2:23 pm

    Hi,
    have you seen this? http://lotoscup.pl

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  4. Ilya May 23, 2:31 pm

    Nice to meet our site in this collection ))) I guess u are will be pleasure to meet this )

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  5. Dan Romero May 23, 5:18 pm

    Stunning Examples! @Nataly

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  6. Ryan Cox May 23, 5:25 pm

    Thanks for the mention Nataly! I couldn’t agree more, re: just simply push boundaries of general conceptions and recreate whatever comes to their minds. Depth perception is something that can really make a design stand out, and I’m glad you took notice of our usage of horizontal parallax effect.

    I’m a fan of your stuff and this post gave me soooooo many more ideas. Have a great day, cheers!

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  7. Min May 24, 12:36 am

    Nice collection.
    Since you asked to share, here is one that I worked on last year.
    http://endlessstudio.com/#gearfoot-link
    Click Gearfoot

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