HTML5, the next major revision of HTML, the language of the internet, is set to revolutionize the way web developers and designers create websites and the way visitors use them. It’s being edited by Ian Hickson of Google and David Hyatt of Apple, two of the web’s greatest creative minds.
Besides enabling web developers/designers to use cleaner, simpler, more consistent code, HTML5 will help them break free from the confines of 3rd party proprietary plugins like Adobe Flash. For the first time, it will be possible to achieve consistency between video player interfaces and overall website design. Users will be able to rotate, move, resize and even detect motion in a video while its playing, using inbuilt video controls.
Through HTML5’s canvas element, users will be able to render graphics and images on the fly, again without the need for plugins. You can try rotating an HTML5 video here and using the canvas element here. Both feel truly amazing!
Besides demos and other online experiments, there are actually a number of working sites using HTML5 today, although few, if any, make the most of this language’s potential capabilities. We explore 25 of the best below, the vast majority of which belong to web developers and web development agencies keen to show off their HTML5 skills to potential clients. Take a look and explore the code for an insight into the future of the internet. Be warned, however, few display properly in Internet Explorer.
1. Ella Design
Originally from Hong Kong, but now based in the USA, Ella of Ella Design is an award-winning graphic/web designer with over 8 years experience in the industry. Her website is a “playground” in which she engages with HTML5 and CSS 3.
Pelletized is the site of Ed Wheeler, Oregon-based graphic/web designer and HTML/CSS developer extraordinaire. He’s played a major hand in the creation of several high-profile sites, including JobInterviewEdge.com and EssayEdge.com.
MiniApps is a mobile phone app microsite from Alex Gibson, currently offering two great, free apps for iPhone, Android, Palm Pre and Firefox Mobile: Card Flip, a classic memory game, and Checklist, a to-do and shopping list tool.
4. Donkey Magic
Donkey Magic is Richard Stephenson’s blog. He uses it to keep the world up-to-date with his web development work and life in general. Recent posts include a CSS 3 & jQuery image gallery experiment.
Bonsai is a unique web development tool used to build sites that feature lots of images. Bonsai’s own website has been created using HTML5.
letscountthedays is the online portfolio of Shane Howe, web and user interface designer. His client list includes Pinnacle Security and Urban Shadow, for whom he performed all web design, branding and even online copy writing.
Learn more about Martin Sarsini, Glasgow-based web developer, on this HTML5-fortified site. This site, which incorporates a blog, is simple, but very stylish.
Nimbupani is home to web designer, Divya Manian. Obsessed with HTML5, you can learn a lot from her blog as well as her Twitter page.
Ousmane Ndiaye is a passionate, French web designer. An SEO and W3C standards specialist, his site makes the most of current HTML5 knowledge.
Experts in all things web based, the Media Research Institute operates from Tokyo, Japan. Besides building websites, the company has produced many popular mobile apps, such as Mixi.
An interesting bunch, Anino are a shadow puppet collective based in the Philippines. Their site offers listings of upcoming shadow-puppet performances as well as several videos highlighting their work.
CatCubed is the site of Colin Fahrion, artist, designer, developer and avid cyclist. The site looks great in Firefox and Safari, but Internet Explorer can’t handle the large amount of CSS 3 used.
Impactideas is a small graphic design studio based in Belgium with a lovingly designed website. They specialize in the creation of logos, brochures, catalogues and packaging.
Moriconi is a highly fashionable Italian hair studio, based in Camaiore, Lucca, Tuscany. HTML5 has brought this straightforward site to the cutting edge of modern web design.
LittleCoogie, based in Bangkok, Thailand, sells high-end children’s party clothing through its HTML5 e-commerce site, made by Andrew Brundle. Its color-picker tool is a great feature.
16. OK Cool
German fashion blog, OK Cool, incorporates HTML5 into its search functionality and comment forms.
French web development agency and Magento e-commerce expert, Dn’D, has created a really stylish site for itself, even if it is a little too reminiscent of the standard OS X Leopard background. Since its formation in 2004, Dn’D has worked with BP, Warner Bros and many other high-profile clients.
Sprachkonstrukt is a blog covering all things related to design, photography and digital lifestyles. It’s managed by Ruben Deyhle, a web developer who also runs a photo blog on the site.
Stompfrog, website of web designer/developer Chris Bewick, is a wonder to navigate around. Users can scroll through the website using their mouse wheel- a highly original touch.
20. Shape Shed
Shape Shed, website of freelance, London-based developer George Ornbo, was built using Jekyll, a simple static site generator, as well as CSS 3, jQuery and HTML5. Firefox or Safari is needed to see the site as George intended.
21. Smile Sleepy
The rather unusually named sw’as is the home of 26-year-old web developer Simon Elvery. Alongside engaging articles on everything and anything internet related, you’ll find musings on politics, books, movies, music and more.
Frojd is a beautifully designed blog from Swedish digital agency of the same name. Thanks to plenty of white space and a grassy header image, this site feels as fresh and airy as a Swedish fjord.
24. Tim Benniks
Tim Benniks is a Dutch web professional who specializes in the development of simple, intuitive interfaces. Use his site to get in touch with Tim himself or to view his past projects, which include a new CMS called Zotonic.
From Sao Paolo, Brazil, DS3 is a web agency with a fantastic eye for visual communication and style. It recently masterminded a new branding initiative for the largest maker of forklift trucks in Latin America, Paletrans.