Parallax effects on webpages can be awesome if done well. I’m still pretty new to js and web development in the grand scheme of things, so haven’t figured out how to do them yet (I will though), but I think they’re very cool.
Parallax.js by Matthew Wagerfield is a ‘simple, lightweight parallax engine that reacts to the orientation of a smart device’, and, based on the demo here, it’s pretty impressive. The graphics and animation used are beautiful and if you run it on your iPad or iPhone and move it about, the effects are pretty spectacular. Do follow the link, as the picture above doesn’t do justice. If you don’t have a mobile device you can move your mouse about to get an idea of the kind of effects you’ll get with motion. It kind of reminds me of the effects in Little Big Planet.
I’d love to put something together like this one day. The project GitHub page is here.