Beautiful Examples of 3D Elements in Web Design

Jun 3 2010 by Tomas Laurinavicius | 45 Comments

Beautiful Examples of using 3D Elements in Web Designs

3D elements used in web design can make a website more impressive and memorable. The purpose of 3D elements is to create a feeling of depth. For that reason, websites with 3D elements look interesting because most websites have a flat, 2-dimensional design.

In this collection, you will find 45 modern website designs that use 3D elements. I hope this showcase will be useful and inspiring to you.

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3D Elements In Web Design Showcase

Dragon Interactive

Dragon Interactive

Marc Mendell

Marc Mendell

The Design Buzz

The Design Buzz

Church of the King

Church of the King

Steven Wittens

Steven Wittens

Narhir Design

Narhir Design

Icon Drawer

Icon Drawer

The Red+White Sale

The Red+White Sale

Cube Scripts

Cube Scripts

Ed Nacional

Ed Nacional

Pretty Production

Pretty Production

ReserveUp

ReserveUp

My Favorite Thing

My Favorite Thing

Upstate Design

Upstate Design

FeedStitch

FeedStitch

Ready Made Designs

Ready Made Designs

Delibar

Delibar

Toucouleur

Toucouleur

Comcast Town

Comcast Town

Designmess

Designmess

From The Couch

From The Couch

Pixelgraphix

Pixelgraphix

Jobmixer

Jobmixer

PlanMySite

PlanMySite

UmQuarto

UmQuarto

Sarah Longnecker

Sarah Longnecker

FULL Creative

FULL Creative

Ctrl+N

Ctrl+N

Gelisiguzel

Gelisiguzel

VaultPress

VaultPress

Mr. Joe Payton

Mr. Joe Payton

Majáles Praha

Majáles Praha

Freelance Review

Freelance Review

MediaCore

MediaCore

Philipp Doms

Philipp Doms

A Modern Eden

A Modern Eden

Hill Country Bible Church

Hill Country Bible Church

DesignLovr

DesignLovr

WebDesignFan

WebDesignFan

East Valley Bible Church

East Valley Bible Church

Yoast

Yoast

Curious Romain

Curious Romain

Design Shard

Design Shard

Carl Cartee

Carl Cartee

Meomi

Meomi

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About the Author

Tomas Laurinavičius is a blogger and designer from Lithuania who’s currently studying Multimedia Design & Communication in Denmark. Check his work at his personal portfolio site and follow him on Twitter.

45 Comments

Sarfraz raza

June 3rd, 2010

Excellent designs.Web design plays an important role.what we need is a solid and attractive web design for our website and that design must fulfill our business requirements..

Chris McConnell

June 3rd, 2010

Cool collection. Thanks for featuring Freelance Review Tomas! Keep up the great work.

Vectorbunker

June 3rd, 2010

Wow Nice Source Thanks a lot man.

Techwatch

June 3rd, 2010

like the coke one, east valley bible is not too good

Jordan Walker

June 3rd, 2010

All of those sites take the mundane two dimensional interface of the computer monitor and turn it up one notch!

Scott

June 3rd, 2010

Some inspiring, some not, I definitely like the design components that produce shadows (chrome handle, red arrows). The ‘wrap around’ banner graphics are just too redundant.

Computer Gaming sites, usual have the best examples as they integrate the 3D models into the designs.

Jeremy Olson

June 3rd, 2010

Great roundup Tomas! I’ve beent trying to find some great examples of 3D design since I’ve been experimenting with it on http://www.skookum.com/blog and http://www.gradesapp.com

I think a key is to add depth in the right places so as to not look overly superfluous. It’s tempting to want to 3Dify everything since it is a neat trick (and can really set your site apart) but, for example, I feel like the DesignMess account labels are drawing too much attention to themselves and the depth seems a bit repetitive since those labels are so close together. I think repeating the same 3D effect over and over in a small area kind of gets stale.

Thanks for posting!

Martin Lachapelle

June 3rd, 2010

I tomas Laurinavicius , i wonder how you create a blog entry like this one do you site down and try to find 3d website or do you bookmark as you go and then post it when you got enough site…
bad english sorry i am from Montréal (QC)

BozBoz

June 3rd, 2010

Wow, Dragon Interactive sure looks impressive.
Thanks for an inspiring list.

Anwar

June 3rd, 2010

Comcast Town is my fav. Perfect example of the power of Flash.

Aery

June 3rd, 2010

I am Surely Going to Use This

Pusparaj

June 3rd, 2010

Need to think twice for next project… ;)

Dathan

June 3rd, 2010

thanks for this, Id like to see more posts like this one!

Eko Setiawan

June 3rd, 2010

Great collection, capture again..some of them, for my inspiration folder…
Thanks…

Peter Chon

June 3rd, 2010

Nice~

Please checkout mine too :)
http://www.peterchon.com

Shawn McConnell

June 3rd, 2010

Are there any downfalls to having this type of coding on your homepage? ie load times etc

Nice collection,

Shawn

Nishal

June 4th, 2010

Some of the designs are awesome while I didn’t like others. I would believe that use of 3D elements should be limited only to portfolio sites!

BTP

June 4th, 2010

really nice. it look like live.

Richard

June 4th, 2010

Great post, many nice elements seen to use in future designs!

Today stumbled upon another (dutch) site with nice 3d elements: http://flume.nl/

Levinson Axelrod

June 4th, 2010

Excellent 3D examples. Marc Mendell and Pixelgraphix utilized the 3D element very well.

Levinson

June 4th, 2010

Excellent examples of the 3D design. Marc Mendell’s site utilized this element very well.

ddeja

June 4th, 2010

Some of the 3D elements are really cool! I just love to see smart usage of the elements. But flying ribbons and sheets of paper are not the example of something new.

Two of my latest favourites to the great 3D collection:
http://www.aussiebbqlegends.com/
and
http://www.delibarapp.com/

Thanks.

Calgary web design

June 4th, 2010

Thx for compiling this great list of examples. It definitely created some awesome comments too. Keep ‘em coming!

Aisha

June 5th, 2010

Wow, I must say very nice designs. Today web designing is growing day by day and it is very important that website must be very appropriate with it subject. Here given examples are superb and very well designed. Nowadays people need more and more creative designs. These all are really very nice examples. I really appreciate that you had shared this.

Charlie

June 5th, 2010

Awesome! thank you for featuring! :)

Nikos

June 5th, 2010

Once again a great article! My 2 cents…

I think the web is not made to be in 3d! BUT… there are numerous cases in your examples above that 3d elements are carefully chosen to highlight or call to action by popping out of the rest of the design.

This is the right way to use 3d in a web page I think. If you overdo-it you lose it.

Nauman Akhtar

June 6th, 2010

All of these are so damn creative, beautiful, thanks for letting us know. Regards.

CSSReX

June 6th, 2010

Beautiful use of 3D graphics in a website! I am loving it :)

prashish

June 6th, 2010

awesome collection.. loved it..
inspiring me to make a my own portfolio website :)

napsell

June 7th, 2010

Thanks for this great showcase. 3D features change webdesign to creative and new look.
I like 3D ribbons. One of famous example is CNET.com.
thanks

zunara

June 7th, 2010

That was a brilliant round-up of great tools : I loved reading it, and I agree @Tyler Stample, the screenshots and brief descriptions were really good to help make the list easier to browse.

Maverick

June 7th, 2010

wow. they all are sooooooooo beautiful

i love them all.

Antonea Nabors

June 7th, 2010

I love seeing 3d is web design. It is truly beautiful to see a designer work 3d into 2d design effectively.

Joe Payton

June 8th, 2010

Just got back from vacation and noticed the spike in my traffic. AWESOME! Thank you for having me on this great list!

yosoychi

June 9th, 2010

The Marc Mendell design has serious problems with perspective. I mean, the viewing angle of the table is different from the perspective that we see the macbook. I don’t understand how no one mentioned this.

My favorite design is the Steven Wittens

Aisha

June 10th, 2010

Nice information, I really appreciate the way you presented.Thanks for sharing..

Marc

June 11th, 2010

Wow – thanks for the inclusion on the list! Flattering to be included in such an inspiring group~

Yosoychi – I am aware that the perspective is off – it was a choice believe it or not – When I did this design, the intent was not specifically to be 3D or even literal, but to create a mood -looking over my shoulder – using the perspective of the keyboard increased the size of the laptop vertically – something that I did not want, as it competed with the images on the inside. But I can certainly appreciate your thoughts -

deniz

June 19th, 2010

some very interesting 3D designs you got here, thx for the useful post

beritasekarang

June 22nd, 2010

light and clean webdesign~ like the colours~ excellent 3d design~

AceeBaBa

September 19th, 2010

Wonderful :), all that are really in-spiry designs for me.

Mark Morcom

September 27th, 2010

Thanks for the great inspiration. Pulling out Cinema 4D to crack out some 3d websites :D

Evandro Teixeira

October 9th, 2010

Most of them are just static websites :). I would call that list of “Beautiful Examples of 2D Elements” but it’s still awesome!

:)

admirus

March 24th, 2011

Best disain!

aftab ahmad

October 27th, 2011

I like all over the designed. very impress

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