Sure, the thought of web developers downing caffeinated beverages by the gallon is a stereotype. But if you browse social media enough, it sure does seem like many of us partake in the ritual.
You also see various homages to that liquid lightning on CodePen. Through clever use of the latest web technologies, developers have crafted virtual drinks and the machines that make (or dispense) them. It’s clearly a love affair.
Today, we’ll take you on a caffeine-induced tour of code snippets that are sure to get you buzzing.
Make Mine a Venti
There’s a particular coffee chain that is known worldwide – we will not mention it here. But the logo is pretty recognizable and the white paper cups are ubiquitous. One crafty developer recreated both – using CSS and SVG.
Maybe you’re more of a soda drinker? In that case, you’ll want to dive into this gooey drizzle of grape soda (perhaps it’s just the syrup). It’s powered by Three.js, making the animation silky-smooth. What makes the presentation even more fun is that the viewing angle is changed via the user’s cursor position.
Win a Complimentary Beverage
We can’t forget about the delightfulness of a good cup of tea. It refreshes and energizes. This simple SVG animation makes us want to curl up with a hot cup and a good book.
E is for Espresso
This one is a classic. In true children’s television fashion, an animated espresso machine forms the letter “E”. The only caveat is that espresso might not be the best drink for the kiddies – not if you want them to take a nap, anyway.
The History of Caffeine
Timeline layouts are growing in popularity and a great way to showcase a chronology. And really, there’s no better way to illustrate the history of caffeine, as done in this example. The super-clean layout makes it easy to follow and read.
Your Friendly Caffeine Vending Machine
Granted, not every beverage featured in this virtual vending machine is caffeinated. Still, rows one and three will get the job done. But there’s more! Not only can you grab a virtual Coke, you can also “drink” it as well. Burps not included.
Just a Squeeze Will Do
It’s hard not to smile when you see this little coffee dispenser do its thing. Featuring ultra-smooth SVG animation, this example also adds the element of fun. It’s great inspiration for memorable branding as well.
Fueling Creative Energy
Maybe caffeinated beverages aren’t for everyone. But they have helped many a web designer power through projects over the years. And, ironically, they’ve also fueled some of us through the process of learning the very languages and techniques we’ve seen here today.
So, here’s a virtual glass-clink to caffeine and those who consume it while building the web. We salute you both!
Want to see more snippets to buzz about? Check out our CodePen collection.