Why designers insist on continuing with this trend I'll never understand? In this case, the parallax effect obfuscates navigation and readability, ultimately effecting understanding the key values and points Mozilla are trying to communicate about Firefox OS.
If you are only scrolling (even with clickable nav links), before you can read about the key features and differences, you have to go through a gallery of 3 animated slides that tell you why and how Firefox OS is designed just for you (because it wasn't designed for people to begin with…).
Focus on the content is just completely lost with so much movement on the page. It doesn't help that there's a geometric pattern in the background that scrolls behind the content and you can't help but look mid-scroll. Had they just left this site as one long page, no useless top gallery, made the background texture more subtle and switched to using subtle animations this page would be a lot easier to read and hopefully understand.
Agreed, when I entered the site I said to myself "Ok, this uses horizontal scroll. No problem" Then it suddenly switched to vertical scroll and I lost focus and didn't realize where to look and read. Then images came to the middle for every direction, I didn't even follow.
I (and many of us) use mouse wheel to scroll, so animations seems like choppy videos on a site because of bad internet connection. It animates and stops, animates and stops, so on so forth. This breaks the continuity of transitions of page. As a result, please do not exaggerate parallax effect
1995: Multimedia CD-ROMs 2000: Flash website "intros" 2013: Parallax wackiness
This dumb look-at-me stuff will never die.
This website reminds me of the Wonkavator. "A website can only go up and down, but this one can go sideways, and slantways, and longways, and backways…"
Yeah, this is kind of a mess. I am a little surprised Mozilla let this go out the door.
Why is everybody calling that "parallax"? Isn't it just scrolling-based animation?
Parallax is the name for the type of animation/effect they are using. I won't go into great detail as wikipedia can explain this far better than I can. It essentially deals with with the angle and direction an object appears. Which is seen through out Mozilla's implementation for this page with certain elements.
Parallax always gets in the way.
At first I thought "surely this must be because I'm using Chrome". But, no...
This one gave me carpal tunnel: http://www.arnoldclark.com/challenge/