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No matter what kind of website you have, a little bit of animation can go a long way to create visual interest and engage your visitors. From animated tab bars and CSS waves to creative text hovers, there are plenty of ways to spice up your website.

In this post, we’ll share 10 eye-catching CSS and JavaScript animations that you can use as an inspiration for incorporating animated effects in your next web design project.

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Animated Tab Bar

Here’s a simple and stylish tab bar that’s animated whenever a user clicks on a different icon. You can easily use this as a tab bar but you can also implement it in a menu to make your navigation more dynamic.

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Animated Tab Bar
by abxlfazl khxrshidi (@abxlfazl)
on CodePen.light

Simple CSS Waves

This animation relies on CSS alone so there’s no JavaScript code. It features a subtle and elegant animation that looks like ocean waves. This would work perfectly on a hotel or a travel website as well as on a website promoting wellness products or services.

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Simple CSS Waves | Mobile & Full width
by Goodkatz (@goodkatz)
on CodePen.light

Space Globe

Lately, everyone’s been buzzing about space travel and this animation would highlight that topic perfectly. It features a space globe along with another sphere resembling a meteor. If you have any type of futuristic website or if you’re working on a technology oriented project, this animation could come in handy.

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Space globe – Three.js
by isladjan (@isladjan)
on CodePen.light

Gooey Footer

Here’s a fun animation that once again relies on pure CSS. If you decide to add it to your website, your footer will have a fun and playful gooey look. This animation would add a dose of interest to any creative website or website that’s not serving a corporate audience.

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CSS Goey footer
by Zed Dash (@z-)
on CodePen.light

Parallax Scroll Animation

Here’s a true work of art when it comes to what’s possible with a little bit of CSS and JavaScript. As you scroll down, the scene changes entirely from morning to night. If you need a creative background for a timelapse, this animation is a must-have.

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Parallax scroll animation
by isladjan (@isladjan)
on CodePen.light

Scroll Trigger Demo

At first glance, all you see is white background with black letters. But, when you scroll text and photos come into view and bring the entire thing to life. This animation would be a creative way to display any type of portfolio. Designers, photographers, and artists should definitely check this one out.

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GSAP ScrollTrigger – Demo
by Noel Delgado (@noeldelgado)
on CodePen.light

Fun Toggles

Toggles are pretty ubiquitous nowadays. But that doesn’t mean they have to be boring. With a bit of creativity, you can add simple animations and make them more fun. You’ll find a nice collection of various toggle animations, including a beer pong and a Kobe Bryant tribute.

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Toggles
by Olivia Ng (@oliviale)
on CodePen.light

Realistic Red Switch

CSS has indeed come a long way since its inception. This realistic red switch that relies on pure CSS animation is the best proof of what’s possible when you master CSS.

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Realistic Red Switch (Pure CSS)
by Yoav Kadosh (@ykadosh)
on CodePen.light

Neon Love

This animation would work well for any type of Valentine’s Day promotional campaign or on any website that caters to couples. It features a blue and pink neon heart that truly looks like neon lights.

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NEON LOVE
by al-ro (@al-ro)
on CodePen.light

Fluid Text Hover

Here’s another animation that at first glance looks like nothing special. Instead of a solid color, the text uses a photo fill. Once you hover over the word, the text becomes fluid. It’s pretty creative and it would work well on any artists or designer’s website that wants to show off their skills.

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Fluid text hover
by Robin Delaporte (@robin-dela)
on CodePen.light

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