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Design Focus: Stylish Scrollbars

A few years ago, WebKit resurrected the ability to style browser scrollbars the way Internet Explorer first did. These days customizing the scrollbar is still not as rampant or recommended, since it’s not that advisable to mess with behavior that users are already used to, but featured below are sites that went ahead anyway. Some of them have pretty striking results.

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Mezcal Buen Viaje

Mezcal Buen Viaje

The most fabulous and colorful custom scrollbar I’ve seen, designed to match the festive and tribal-themed illustrations on the page, from the vertical navigation on the left to the social icons in the footer. I like that they added hummingbirds that flap their wings as you scroll down; an animation concept used on Andrew McCarthy’s site featured here. Even the slider and gallery are atypical, framing photos in diamond-shaped containers.

weareanonymous.fr

weareanonymous.fr

I love the use of different head silhouettes as masks against their portfolio images to drive home the “anonymous” concept. Instead of the usual grid of boxes they made it quirky and interesting. Scrolling through the projects section you see the scrollbar a bubble label with the year they were made, which I think is a clever and functional way of customizing it. Lastly: check out the way the form fields were arranged on the About/Contact part.

Fine Goods

Fine Goods

The poster boy for interface realism and fine attention to detail. I love myself some minimalist, “flat” designs but I don’t find this “skeuomorphic” look outdated at all. The different kinds of woodgrain, the sliding out drawers on the sidebar, and the shelves connected by ropes, the price tags punching holes into the product images—they all point to a special creativity that comes with this kind of design, and it’s still a delightful experience to have.

Eyewear Brands

Eyewear Brands

More conservative design compared to the others on this list, although there’s some artsy illustrations found within its pages. One notable interaction pattern here is dimming out the rest of the page when one hovers over the top mega dropdown menu.

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  1. By Shawn Rubel posted on April 16, 2014 at 12:47 pm
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    I’ve been meaning to get creative with my own scrollbars, but something inside of me tells me it’s a complete waste of time. I’m not sure whether there is the potential of capturing the users attention, or making it look like I treat my pages as a playground.

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