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10 Inspiring Ideas for Your Next Front-End Project

simonholdorf profile image Simon Holdorf Originally published at thesmartcoder.dev ・4 min read

It's just amazing what one can build by combining web technology with creativity.
Everything you are going to see in this article has been created with just JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. No Photoshop or similar tools have been used and everything runs perfectly fine in the browser.

While it is fun to explore these little showcases and play with them, it's even better that you can have a look at the source code of every project. This offers great opportunities to learn new things and get a lot of inspiration from awesome creators.

I have chosen 10 great examples that have been published on CodePen.io and are publicly accessible. CodePen is an outstanding platform that has been co-created by Chris Coyier (founder of css-tricks.com).

They call themselves a social development environment where developers and engineers can collaborate on projects, showcase their work, share things with the community, and prototype new ideas.

I encourage you to explore all of the examples below, play with them, and try to understand how they work. Not only will you have a lot of fun but learn a lot about creativity on the web. And not to forget that we honor the outstanding work of the creators!


1. Click the button!

The first showcase I have chosen is called "Click the button!" by Bård N Hovde, a very talented creative from Norway.
It's my favorite Pen on CodePen because it is simple yet impressive, comes with a twist, and brightens my mood every time I play with it. I guarantee you won't regret trying this one out!

2. Credit Card Form

A lot of websites want us to enter our credit card details in some sort of form these days. And for me, that's not always a fun thing because of the way those forms are built.
When I discovered "Credit Card Form" by Muhammed Erdem (who was recently announced number 1 most popular creator on CodePen), I was positively surprised and immediately wondered why website creators haven't been using such a beautiful form yet.
It's actually fun to give my card details to the form, something every website owner should have the highest interest in!

3. Pure CSS Still Life

This pick from Ben Evans is the perfect example of what CSS is capable of. I still cannot believe sometimes that there were no images used to create this beautiful scenery.
And it is a good reminder of what we can achieve with CSS! Ben has some more examples of his CSS magic so you should check out his profile on CodePen as well.

4. Color This Sofa!

Kyle Wetton has created an interactive and impressive Pen that lets you colorize a sofa and the background. It's lightweight and could be used in e-commerce sites selling furniture.
Furthermore, it's a good example of what you can do with SVGs and Blend Mode.

5. The Cube

This is more than just a simple demonstration of web technology, it's an actual game that most of you probably know. I admire the creativity and the execution Boris Šehovac demonstrated with this Pen.
This is also one of the most-loved projects on CodePen in 2019 and I can only second this!

6. Face Button

It doesn't always have to be the most complex projects in order to be impressive as Katherine Kato demonstrates with this little Pen.
Take a look at what a small amount of code is needed to generate this interactive and fun demonstration. It reminds me of the fact that often times, less is more. Well done, Katherine!

7. Mini Music Player

Another Pen from Muhammed Erdem and another great example of what this guy is capable of. If I were a company in need of an outstanding engineer, I would hire him right away before others do.
While we can argue about the music playing in this demonstration, we definitely cannot about the look and feel of the player. Good job, Muhammed.
And to all streaming providers out there: Check this out, maybe you can learn something!

8. Simple CSS Waves

Daniel "Goodkatz" Östermann from Finland brings us yet another great example of what you can do with just CSS.
Imagine this on your personal website or landing page - low effort but great visualization. Lightweight yet powerful - I like this combination!

9. CSS Card Hover Effects

Another good example that oftentimes we don't need JavaScript for interactivity on our websites by Jhonier Riascos Zapata. I can hover those cards all day because I really like this Pen. Kudos to Jhonier!

10. Clip Clop Clippity Clop

The last pen from Steve Gardner might not be something you will use in your projects but it is really, really impressive that this has been created with CSS only.
Yes, that's right, just CSS. Isn't that awesome?
This always reminds me that I have to take CSS more seriously and should invest more time exploring the countless possibilities it offers us. And now enjoy the ride, my fellow readers!

Alright, this is the end of this epic demonstration of the immense creativity engineers have. I got a tremendous amount of inspiration by exploring these pens and I hope that you will too!

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Ben Halpern

Some of these are really epic

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Great

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Simon Holdorf Author

Epic is the right word :)

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javinpaul

agree, and run the pen is a nice option to include.

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Shubham Battoo

Nice list. Very different from the other top 10 projects list on this website.

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Simon Holdorf Author

Glad you like it, Shubham!

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perpetual . education

10 Inspiring Ideas for Your Next Front-End Project

These are other people's ideas. "Your" next project will be a lot more meaningful - if it's a unique idea. That's where the value is.

Maybe

10 things to inspire you to come up with new ideas

PS "100%/fully CSS _________" just makes us here... "oh, they like to take 50x longer instead of just drawing the SVG / totally NOT going to hire that person..."

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Dany Tulumidis

The first one is brilliant :D
I really like 9. this looks beautiful!

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Simon Holdorf Author

Thanks, my friend :)

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CodeNinja

EPIKK

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Yo

Mindblowing 🤯

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Aina Oluwatimilehin

This is great

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John Angel

Inspiring and motivating!

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Abdul Mohiz

Amazing work by these Innovative people

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Revati25

All ideas are amazing ....

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Krishan111

I started solving that Rubik's cube 😁

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David

WOW! just wow... So much has advanced!! darn it, where is my pluralsight subscription when I need it (or other training sites!)

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Muhammad Irfan Sumra

Great, I love the creativity presented in this post.

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Shounak Das

And I still struggle to center divs sometimes...

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Simon Holdorf Author

We all do, my friend :)

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Thalles Prado Ribeiro

Awesome stuff!

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🦄N B🛡

The face button warmed some part of my cold, iron heart.

Thanks Mr. Holdorf.

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Simon Holdorf Author

Glad you like it - and sorry for your cold heart!

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Adnan Ashraf

Thats unbelievable. I never thought, that css is so powerful.

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Simon Holdorf Author

yeah absolutely!

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Mateusz Kwiatkowski

This is something I like about Dev. I would never find this pieces of work myself. Thanks! :)

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Simon Holdorf Author

Glad you like it :)

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olsard

Awesome, inspirating list. Thanks for sharing.

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Simon Holdorf Author

Thanks, my friend, glad you like it!

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ramyaDhanush

Amazing projects. Thanks mate

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Simon Holdorf Author

You are welcome, glad you like it!

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Wale

Great list

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Guryash Singh

Some of these are really epic

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Simon Holdorf Author

Indeed, really awesome work!

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Constantine

Cool examples <3

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Simon Holdorf Author

Thanks, my friend!

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Rajasekhar Guptha

Awesome..!! 💙

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rajmohan selvaraj

Amazing !!!

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Artem Vorobiov

Thanks! It is awesome.

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Simon Holdorf Author

Glad you like it!

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shadowtime2000

Nice. The still life glass of water froze my DEV.to extension window while it was loading lol.

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:D whoops, sorry :D

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Saf Venture

Cool! :D

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Valeriano Filipe

Thanks! forking :)

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Simon Holdorf Author

Glad you like it!

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Ridhik Govind

What a list !!!

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Simon Holdorf Author

Thanks, my friend!