Card UI layouts are quite popular these days – and it’s easy to see why. They’re incredibly versatile, with the ability to house anything from product listings to blog post teasers.
These elements are also the perfect place to add various hover effects. It’s not only attractive but also a means to improve the user experience. Even a subtle effect can help cards stand out among a group, thus making the feature more intuitive.
The design community has created some outstanding examples. From bold transformations to simple highlights, there is something for virtually every use case.
Card Hover Interactions by Ryan Mulligan
Displaying a large amount of content at once can overwhelm users. That’s where this snippet comes in. It consists of a simple title coupled with a background image. Hover over a card and you’ll find some descriptive text and a call-to-action. Best of all, it has been built with pure CSS.
See the Pen Card Hover Interactions by Ryan Mulligan
Profile Card Hover Effect by P
Here’s a similar concept, but even more minimalistic. The effect zooms in on the card’s photo and reveals the subject’s name and social media links. Overall, it’s very pleasing to the eye without becoming too busy.
See the Pen Profile Card Hover Effect by P
Pokemon Card Holo Effect by Simon Goellner
Everyone loves Pokémon, right? But that’s not the only cool thing about this snippet. Each card features a stunning holographic effect. It’s a cleverly-devised setup that uses animated GIFs and gradients to produce a sparkling beauty. Perhaps the effect is not for everyone, but it’s undeniably unique.
See the Pen Pokemon Card Holo Effect by Simon Goellner
CSS Card Hover Effects by Jhonier Riascos Zapata
If you’re looking for a way to make your card UI stand out, this hover effect will do the trick. It takes a grayscale card and turns it into an explosion of color. Beyond the bright pink hue, cards also expand in size to reveal more detailed content. All told, users can’t help but take notice.
See the Pen CSS Card Hover Effects by Jhonier Riascos Zapata
Pure CSS Holiday Feature Folding Cards by Madalena
These mini-cards are closer in style to buttons than your typical content card. Regardless, their hover effect is pure magic. Each card “unfolds” to display a video alongside text and a call-to-action. It’s amazing how much can fit into such a small space. In addition, the responsiveness of the UI is also impressive.
See the Pen Holiday Feature Folding Cards [Pure CSS] by Madalena
Profile Card UI by JotForm
Full disclosure, the hover effect here is just a minimal part of what this snippet does. But the tabs at the bottom of this profile card are nifty. They allow you to fit a large amount of content into a relatively tiny design element. The use of glassmorphism is also spot-on.
See the Pen Profile Card UI by JotForm
Player/User Cards by Alvaro Montoro
Crafted in the style of double-sided collectible cards, this UI shows additional information upon hovering. It’s clean, colorful, and refrains from taking over the rest of the page. This snippet would fit nicely into any project where cards are used to display data.
See the Pen Player/User Cards by Alvaro Montoro
CSS-Tricks Card Carousel by William Goldsworthy
Here’s a different take on the traditional carousel. Cards are overlapped – making for an effective means to save space. Hover over an individual card, and it reveals itself. And while this example shows a circular animation on the active card, it could easily be adapted to show text or images.
See the Pen CSS-Tricks Card Carousel by William Goldsworthy
Adding Interactivity to a Staple of Web Design
Hover effects are there to bring interactivity and even a little bit of fun to any element. But there’s something unique about implementing them within a card UI. They add personality to what could be a rather static feature.
The snippets above show that there are several different ways to accomplish this. The effects can be subtle or substantial, based on the type of impact you’re looking to make. It’s something that even a buttoned-down corporate website can benefit from.
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