Reticulating Splines
Mar252010

Raindrop Logo in CSS

Playing around with -moz-radial-gradient this past while, and seeing the amazing job done on the CSS Opera logo by David Desandro, I thought I’d have a go at recreating one of the logos I illustrated within the past year using pure CSS.

The Raindrop logo I created was the prime candidate, as my first thoughts were “hey, three of the corners are basically -moz-border-radius set to 100%!”  Done.

Next was to figure out how to construct it. Well, turns out I made myself a cheat sheet shortly after I designed the logo, highlighting the gradient elements I layered within the shape using the appearance palette:

Using the separate elements as a guide, I built out the shapes and gradients checking the rgb settings and their gradient percentage positioning in Illustrator.  Turns out, it translates pretty well.  Only a few tweaks here and there.

In the end, it isn’t perfect, but pretty close for a half hour test.  If I can sort out using ellipse gradients vs circles, I should be able to make it much closer to the original image.

Have a look at the result here and be sure to use zoom in the browser to see it scale!

Note: I did this as a quick test using only -moz CSS rules. At some point I will try and get this working across all browsers that use border radius and gradients.