CSS3 Kaleidoscope Effect
Latest commit f240731 Mar 9, 2013 akira Opacity is copacetic.


Kaleidos: CSS Kaleidoscope Effects

A simple kaleidoscope effect produced with a bunch of SASS-powered CSS rotation and scale transforms.

See it in action here: http://coldhead.github.com/kaleidos/ or here http://gif.ly/

Suddenly, Convenience! Add it to your browser here: https://github.com/miketaylr/kaleidos-extension/


You can pass parameters via the query string: e.g. ?n=13&src=http://someurl/someimage.png

  • n is a positive integer representing the number of "segments" to create within the kaleidoscope. The provided CSS enthusiastically supports up to 32 segments but the effect works best with lower values.

  • src is a URL for an alternate image.

  • Assigning a truthy value to clean inhibits the display of the link to Github.


Dedicated to @jeanettehayes, who I thought might like this kind of thing.


The name "kaleidos" is derived from the Ancient Greek καλός (kalos), "beautiful, beauty" and εἶδος (eidos), "that which is seen: form, shape".

This project is optimised for butterfly wings. A modern browser is mandatory. Happiness is mandatory.

This might be more accurately described as a teleidoscope but who has ever heard of such a thing, really.


  • Some kind of build process like all the cool kids are doing.

Terms & Conditions

This project is dual licenced under the MIT and GPL licenses because that's what Cowboy said to do. I hope that's okay with everyone.