Out of all the Web design fads to emerge since the glossy days of Web 2.0, scrolling websites have become a surprisingly powerful and useful trend. Of course, I’m not talking about any website with a scroll bar, but a design style that leads viewers to continuously scroll down the page.

This attention-grabbing technique certainly isn’t new, but is fast becoming a successful tool for generating interest. There’s a ton of awesome, yet practical uses out there, some of which are so well designed that it’s nearly impossible to not explore every inch of the page.

Here’s a list of 9 gorgeous scrolling website designs to get you inspired. Check these out, and then let us know your favorites in the comments below!

Jan Ploch

Online Portfolio von Jan Ploch – Webdesigner Grafikdesigner aus Hamburg 9 Excellent examples of scrolling websites for designersJan Ploch’s site is absolutely gorgeous. It’s 100% usable and flows so smoothly.

Jan Ploch

Nike Better World

Nike Better World 9 Excellent examples of scrolling websites for designersNike’s Better World site makes it impossible to look away. It’s so easy to scroll through the entire site, and before you realize it, you’re at the end.

➤ Nike Better World

Building The Agency of The Future

Dentsu Network 9 Excellent examples of scrolling websites for designersDentsu’s site flows like an animated infographic, and makes the viewer want to scroll back up and experience it all again.

➤ Building The Agency of The Future

Bearhat Studios

Bearhat Studios Website Packages 9 Excellent examples of scrolling websites for designersBearhat Studios’ page is rather simple in implementation, but the design holds our interest. Oh, and the logo is awesome.

Bearhat Studios

Unfinished Business School

Unfinished Business School 9 Excellent examples of scrolling websites for designersUnfinished Business School’s site, while a definitely busy, is very eye-catching and entertaining. It works especially well in balance with the subject matter.

➤ Unfinished Business School

Chappy Barry

chappybarry 9 Excellent examples of scrolling websites for designersLove the animations and retro feel, which livens up an otherwise simple (and usable) design.

➤ Chappy Barry

TEDxPortland

ted 9 Excellent examples of scrolling websites for designersTEDxPortland’s logo fades into static as you scroll down in this well designed, dark and captivating site.

➤ TEDxPortland

Tiny Big Studio

Tinybigstudio Web crafting Brand design 9 Excellent examples of scrolling websites for designersThe portfolio navigation is a nice touch. So is the subtle argyle sweater pattern background and the way the ant logo takes you back to the top.

➤ Tiny Big Studio

Bengtsson & Bengtsson

Bengtsson Bengtsson VVS AB Rörmokare Stockholm 9 Excellent examples of scrolling websites for designersBengtsson & Bengtsson’s site is almost magical, especially with the way the logo “travels” through the illustrated pipes.

➤ Bengtsson & Bengtsson

If you’re interested in creating a site like this, you’ll want to first map it out into sections. Start with the content you want to share and then consider drawing the entire wireframe out on a long piece of paper. Organize and then stylize, or else you’ll end up creating something that’s just showy.

You might also want to check out the Scrollorama jQuery plugin we covered early today, which makes it easy for Web designers to take advantage of this trend as a compelling communication tool.

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