You may know CSS as a language for simply styling your website, but it’s capable of a whole lot more than you might think. From photorealistic images to even video games, you’ll be shocked to see what a great developer can accomplish with just CSS.
Wow! If you love space, you’re going to be blown away by this solar system animated with CSS. This isn’t just a pretty animation either; each planet accurately revolves around the sun relative to an actual Earth year.
Animations are a notorious problem-causer for websites. If poorly optimized, they can cause a big slowdown. This beautiful animated gradient is extremely lightweight, not to mention easy to edit and add your own colors.
Beautiful, lightweight progress bars, easy to customize to suit your project. The bars are made in 3D with a unique liquid look to them. You can even turn them into mini 3D charts!
You can make art with HTML and CSS! Francine is an 18th-century styled painting made and displayed purely with code. And yet it looks no different than any other traditionally created piece of artwork.
Similar to Francine, this phone was created using nothing more than CSS and HTML. Yet it looks like any other photo on a website! If you’re interested, you can play with the code and see how this experiment was created.
Need some fake Instagram filters for your website? This set of minified files comes with an install tutorial, too. Now you can easily add Instagram filters to any of your images.
It’s amazing that this was coded with nothing but CSS. With its pretty animation and gradient effect, this button would look fantastic on any website.
If you’ve ever wanted to put a fake phone or computer on your website and fill the screen with an image of your choice, check out this experiment. These are modeled after modern devices, too!
See the Pen Dynamic Image Colorizing with <input type=”color”&rt; by Noah Blon (@noahblon) on CodePen.
This is pretty cool: Change the color of an image with nothing but CSS and the color picker tool from your computer.
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Either way, it’s interesting to see all the creative ideas CSS developers can come up with. These experiments were made by some real innovative developers, so go give them some love, and let us know which one you thought was the coolest!