SXSW - South by Southwest 10th Web Awards Winner - Best CSS

Stephane Tartelin

Stephan Tartelin websiteIn the Print & Illustration, Animation and Sketchbook pages of Tartelin’s website a div containing title and menu is placed on the “left sider” side by an horizontal scrolling div with an overflow:auto. (In this way the first section seems to use a position:fixed property)

This div on the right contains several floating images with the same height and a small description on the bottom; some of these could be zommed, without leave the current page, using the Lightbox script.


JapiHonoo websiteThe alternative rock band Soulwax (also knew as the mashup patriarchs 2 many DJ’s) shows in its web space how a problem like the one seen in the last post could be used to extend the originality purpose of an horizontal site, playing with vertical scrollbars, widths and both text and images content. Very unusable, but very unconventional.

Japi Honoo

JapiHonoo websiteAlthough is build with a nested table layout, the site of the designer Japi Honoo shows well one of the main problem (1,2) of the horizontal way: every section has a fixed width an height, so if the text inside is taller than the container an uneasy vertical scrollbar is displayed on the right.

Les Hautes-Mynes

Particular Les Hautes-Mynes websiteLes Hautes-Mynes du Thillot web site is a good example of how a touristic brochure could be transfered on web using an horizontal layout.
The 460px wide sections are placed side-by-side using CSS floating and contains on the left five links for the javascript scrolling of the page; the same links are replied in a menu on the top automatically placed at the center of the viewport.


Particular of Evanesce Official UK websiteBased on my “The Horizontal Way template”, the official UK website of the rockband Evanescence is divided in six sections linked by the internal anchors of the left sider’s menu.
Every section includes on the top a link that allows to scroll to this menu, and another menu – this time inline – on the bottom.

Stephan Bucco

Particular of Stephan Bucco portfolioPower to the images: in Stéphane Bucco’s portfolio the html+css structure is composed by only one absolute-positioned div with a long (32702px) width and fixed (558px) height, where are inserted all the img tags related to the several artworks that are in this way displayed, as usual, side-by-side.

A little (in lenght and font-size) description is included at the bottom of every picture.

Tulipe (CZG)

Particular of Tulipe (CZG)The sixth entry from the CZG, Tulipe, could help to show again an important difference from horizontal to vertical design: sometimes divs that are at the same distance from the top of the viewport and contains text with the same font-size but different amount of it can’t have the same width. It could cause problems of visualization: in this case, ‘The requirements’ column is so tall that the users with a resolution lower than the commonest 1024×768 px are forced to scroll vertically to view the entire content of the section.


Particular of Koniec websiteThe portfolio of Koniec, spanish designers and illustrators, displays a fixed menu on the left where is possible to select the five horizontal pages showing (in divs with float:left) the published artworks.


Particular of Freeware/Delaware“Freeware/Delaware”, digital home of the japanese “musics_designs” group Delaware, has the numbers ( (2001->2006) to be cited as one of the patriarch of horizontal scrolling. Especially in its ‘vision‘ pages, it displays ten or more squared artwork, 500×500 px big, placed syde-by-side everyone with a simple title (with scheme #’num’/’title’/’date’) on the right.


Particular of Tentacle EyeThe flash website of the Provincia petrolifera de Urucu is organized in nine section that can be scrolled with a menu on the bottom-right on the movie, and with two arrows that carry to the previous and next one. In every section the text content is displayed ian about 360×250 space (with a vertical scrollbar on the left), under a subsection title and right to the section title, that has below some links to switch to the various subsections.

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About this project

The Horizontal Way is the showcase for those particular sites that display its content in horizontal either vertical direction.
Turn to Horizontal is an original, but still rare, solution to display in one (or sometimes more) page a low quantity of text and big images like does, for example, portfolios or design publications. Every short review is focused to enlight layout and communication aspects [including some ideas from obsolete don't try this at home! nested tables ones ] I (Marco Rosella) found interesting for the creation of an 'ideal' horizontal website. In March 2007 this site won the SXSW Web Award as "Best CSS".

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