Paper Strips Menus


The beauty of an excellent design lies in designer’s attention to smallest details. Conventions are our friends; however, to stand out, a design needs a creative spin, an elegant play of colors, some unique flavour — a small detail that would make a big difference.

Where the boundaries between traditional solutions and unusual approaches become fuzzy, designers tend to get creative. However, to come up with unusual ideas isn’t that easy, particularly if you are dealing with some daily routine-tasks.

Still, nothing is impossible. Even if you’re designing a navigation menu there are a number of possibilites you can explore. For instance, have you ever thought of… navigation in form of paper strips?

Paper Strips Menu1
Deb Sofield sticks posts on a paper pile.

Paper Strips Menu
A menu in the shape of coloured loops.

Paper Strips Menu
These ties will never hang on the neck of a web-developer.

Paper Strips Menu2
The navigation menu is simple, nice and fits perfectly to the overall design; navigation options appear to stick out of the content area.


  1. 1
  2. 2

↑ Back to top Tweet itShare on Facebook

Sven is the co-founder and former CEO of Smashing Magazine. He's now writing at his Conterest Blog, where he focuses on blogs, content strategy and publishing — all in German.

  1. 1


    that is very nice

    (a lot of a lot)

  2. 52

    very nice!

  3. 103

    Great Resource

  4. 154

    I agree with the people saying that menu #3 is no good. It isn’t. There is no way that anybody could easily tell where the links go to.

  5. 205

    Keep up the good work.

  6. 256

    To the critics with menu#3: Are you going blind? Didn’t you see the hover effect on those big-big-reallyBIG letters on the top of the frame?

  7. 307

    no inspiring


↑ Back to top