After re-reading my OP, I think what I wrote was too vague, and that you completely misinterpreted things...
What I liked about the page was how each person represented on the page looks like a "Playing Card" with a drop-shadow that makes things look 3-dimensional.
And to my original point, I am 95% certain you can get the effect I liked with just HTML and CSS, although I'm not sure which version of HTML and CSS you need to do that.
Here is what I was after... (see screenshot)
Again, I just like the drop-shadow and how it takes an otherwise FLAT looking page, and makes it jump out at you. (Even if you disagree...)