I’m back! David asked me to rope up some of my favorite stuff on CodePen again, which I both love doing, and wince at the thought of having to pick so few favorites. I like a ton of stuff on CodePen. It’s kind of a hobby of mine. Here’s some things that appeal to my particular tastes ;)
3D Hamburger Transformicon
It reminds me of that Bees & Bombs style of animation where is a little unexpected and tremendously satisfying.
I’m a sucker for little UI touches and animations that are almost so understated that you can imagine someone barely noticing, but as a front end dev, you definitely blink twice. That’s what Hakim El Hattab‘s navigation line experiment does:
It’s almost too hard to pick a fav from Mandy Michael’s Text Effects. She’s definitely pushing the limits of what is possible with styling straight up web text. Here’s an incredible one:
Christmas Presents Typer
It’s completely bizarre to have presents falling from the sky to form the words you type on a keyboard, as happens in this Pen by Steve Gardner. Bizarre in the best possible way.
Speaking of bizarre, how about a T-Rex happily skating through town with a blimp for a balloon? Liza Kobrazova is all over it:
Chris Gannon is one of the most prolific animators on CodePen. Here he’s gone autobiographical:
News App Concept with CSS Variables
David Khourshid has been experimenting a lot with the idea of user interactions and CSS variables. As in, what if the event data from a tap or swipe could be passed to CSS in which to control the view? That kind of this is explored here:
I love this Marjo Sobrecaray interactive animation. It’s rather understated. The girl’s face has nine possible states it animates to and from, but the details are just right. Down to the helper animation it begins with to teach you how to interact with it.
CSS Grid Layout – New Terminology
Using web design to teach web design is one of my favorite little niches. Stacy Kvernmo does it perfectly here, using cells of a grid layout to teach the words you need to know about grid layout.
David DeSandro uses CodePen a bunch to demonstrate things for his Metafizzy projects, like Packery. He also brings amazing little ideas to life, like his Cub n Pup game, and this map generator that reminds me a ton of the top-down look of old NES games like Ultima.
Speaking of understated animations, Sarah Drasner animated this little cute pool in which the surface of the water gently sways, but even cooler, the floatie hits the wall and generates a ripple across the surface of the water, courtesy of some fancy SVG filters.