Navigation Menus: Trends and Examples

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Navigation is the most significant element in web design. Since web-layouts don’t have any physical representation a user can stick to, consistent navigation menu is one of the few design elements which provide users with some sense of orientation and guide them through the site. Users should be able to rely on it which is why designers shouldn’t mess around with it.

That’s why in most cases it’s where simple, intuitive and conventional solutions are usually the best option. However, it doesn’t mean that they need to be boring. One year ago we’ve presented modern approaches of navigation design1. Let’s take a look at what’s different now, which trends one can observe and what ideas you can develop further in your projects.

This article presents recent trends, examples and innovative solutions for design of modern navigation menus. All images are clickable and lead to the sites from which they’ve been taken. We’ve missed something? Definitely! Let us know in the comments!

1. Trend toward “speaking” block navigation

The most significant task a navigation menu has to fulfill is to unambiguously guide the visitors through the different sections of the site. However, often it’s quite hard to communicate the content of a site section within one or two single keywords, particularly if horizontal navigation is in use. That’s why often navigation options aren’t simply listed one after each other using some appropriate keyword (“silent” navigation); instead, designers attempt to concretely explain which options are available and what the visitor should expect from site sections once clicking on corresponding links.

In fact, over the last months we’ve observed a strong trend toward exactly this navigation scheme; and since designers try to initiate a more effective dialogue with visitors we prefer to call it “speaking” navigation — contrary to “silent” navigation based upon the listing of keywords.

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To make the perception of information easier, the navigation is often structured by using blocks of the same height and width; large icons are used quite often, but in most cases the decision whether they are appropriate or not depends on the content of the site and the overall layout. “Soft” hover-effects often support the navigation design by making the browsing more pleasant.

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This navigation scheme can be used not only for the horizontal navigation; it can can be applied to vertical navigation as well.

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2. Mac-style still popular?

One can discuss if the Mac-style is the survivor of the Web 2.0 design attack or it becomes a standalone design element used independently from glossy colorful buttons with 3D-effects. Or maybe it’s just a temporary trends toward grunge style13 — nobody knows, really.

In any case over the last months a number of web-sites integrated Mac-styled-navigation in their web-sites. What’s interesting is that the style is used not only on Apple-related sites, but also on web-sites which aren’t directly related to Mac. Particularly when it comes to design of software products traditional Mac-style is often imitated. Reason: it is visually appealing and looks cool.

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A navigation bar doesn’t need to look exactly like a typical Mac-style-navigation. Variations are also possible.

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“Green” version of the traditional Mac-style menu

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Since navigation bars can’t exist alone and need to be supported by the overall design, colorful one-page-sites with happy talk and overused stock photos designers are being replaced with more decent, serious and calm layouts. And that’s a good thing. However, when using the Mac-style please keep in mind that it shouldn’t be used for the sake of it but has to fit to the overall design.

3. Visually appealing icons are used more often

To communicate navigation options in a more effective way, designers often make use of appealing icons. In such cases it’s important to make sure that the icon is easily recognizable, clearly conveys the message, corresponds to the link it stands for and isn’t too small. Attractive icons are, of course, always preferred to the boring ones.

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Icons can also be hidden into the links; this effect should be used sparingly.

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Icons can be placed on the left-hand side…

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…and on the right-hand side in the sidebar.

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4. Vertical tabs

Although traditional desktop-applications almost never make use of vertical tabs, in the office vertical tabs are used at least as often as horizontal ones. In fact, designers often try it out; and the results can be quite interesting.

Before using vertical tabs you should make sure that it is possible within your layout and you actually have enough area to cover all navigation options on every single page. And, of course, the text is harder to read.

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Tabs on the right-hand side.

5. Handwriting in use.

Recently we already discussed36 the hand-drawing style in modern web-design. And what holds for design layouts also holds for its specific elements — for instance, for navigation.

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6. Experimental solutions

Although it’s usually not the best idea to come up with some strange and/or unique site navigation, designers tend to risk crazy and uncommon experiments. When trying out something new, make sure that you don’t put the usability of your site in danger by creating unnecessary barriers for your visitors. Any navigation menu fails if users can’t make sense out of it.

DesignForFun44 uses icons to help visitors to filter the content they’re looking for. Depending on the clicked icon the background of corresponding links changes. However, the selection of icons may be not the best one as it’s unclear hat icons stand for. Fortunately, title attribute is in use.

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Interesting concept: the hover-effect on jBunti47 depends on the selected month of the year. Warm months are associated with reddish colors, cold months with blueish colors. 12 hover-colors in use.

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Playground Blues49 tries out something completely different; each of 12 site sections has its color in the left sidebar. Once the visitor hovers the mouse arrow over the left-hand sidebar the icons pop up providing visitors with navigation options. Title-attribute is used as well. And to make sure visitors actually can find the navigation the icons pop out like harmonica first time the page is loaded.

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Steven Holl51 is an architect. Which is why his navigation menu looks like an architectural sketch. Each navigation option is given some weight in the map — apparently according to its weight on the site.

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Polkdesign53 uses a calender as the central navigation element. Flash.

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Hopkingdesign55 offers not a tabbed-navigation; it’s a vertical navigation placed at the top of the page. Looks at least unusual.

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No, Adipintilie.eu57 has navigation options also placed at the top; however, these are only external links.

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Flash-based 3D-effect used on Gol.com.pl59. The menu can also be expanded.

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The navigation on Wards-Exchange.co.uk61 fits to the brochure design. Or the other way around.

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On Kriesi.at63 the hovered navigation option is dynamically expanded and shows the icons which illustrate what to expect in the section of the site. The effect is in this case not necessary.

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Not really new, but still beautiful. Folietto.at65 uses the free area effectively and sparingly. You may notice an interesting visual effect when hovering the links.

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inBloom67 has a menu with animation. The beetle doesn’t care what option you choose, it crawls its long path through the navigation tree anyway. This is an example of how animation can be unobtrusive.

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Cobahair.co.uk69 uses only BIG typography…

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…and HelloColor.com71 uses small typography with rainbow colors.

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Carbonstudio.co.uk73 delivers a Flash-based navigation menu with sound-effects. It may sound annoying, but it isn’t: every navigation option has its own sound. If you train yourself a little bit you can even play your own melody while listening to birds in the background.

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Maxandlous.com75 provides hover-effects with visual hints. It looks nice and unusual.

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Scrollomania in all possible directions on Letters-Numbers.com77.

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OK, how can you come up with this one? Nickad79‘s Flash-based construct becomes visible only if the mouse is clicked and remains being clicked.

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Nike81 offers a kind of remote control. To navigate you need to click and drag. While dragging, move the mouse up to move forward, down to move backward, and left/right to turn.

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  1. 1

    I really like the navigation on this site: http://timothysykes.com/
    Anyone here know how they did that? Is it ajax? I’m sure there’s some code available somewhere…

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    I dont think mac style is still popular…

    My fav: letters-numbers.com

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    Very nice collection again. Thank you…

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    I’m not a fan of vertical tabs, but that’s just me I suppose – I find they’re ever-so-slightly harder to read than horizontally aligned text.

    ‘Speaking navigation’ is ok too – but one could argue that if the main link isn’t self explanatory, then it needs to be reworded – that extra text may ‘help’ explain, but in many cases, I feel it’s overkill.

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    Really like cobahair.co.uk. A great list. Thanx.

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  6. 6

    I good variance in navigation types. This should be a good reference to come back to whenever a navigation creative block comes about.

    Personally, I think navigation design is what makes websites in today’s world so popular. Intuitive, and more importantly user centered navigation is what makes some sites so popular. Content is easy to reach without a lot of time searching mindlessly. The experimental navigation systems are nice, but I would always suggest only using them on “personal playground” sites, where a committed community is already willing to spend a few extra seconds to navigate to the content they desire, because they know the overall outcome is going to be beneficial.

    My suggestion for personal portfolio sites and more organized company showcases is to keep it simple. Sure, the client sees first hand exactly what kind of cool stuff you can do with Javascript or Flash, but if they have a hard time navigating to the section of your site that they want to see, it is going to say a lot about their own user centered design concerns.

    I feel like I am rambling…great list!

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  7. 7

    Nice collection, thanks…

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  8. 8

    Really nice collection! Thanks.

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  9. 9

    Most users don’t use universal navigation. These might be new approaches, but they don’t really serve any useful purpose. Most actually hinder navigation. Reading horizontally strikes me as particularly silly, while having to explain a link is admitting that you can’t express yourself concisely. All they tell me is that the designer can either code some abstruse CSS and/or a graphic designer is in charge of the design.

    Contextual navigation (especially through breadcrumbs) should be the future. My site has no universal navigation apart from a logo in the top left corner that links to the home page.

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  10. 10

    Nice collection!

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  11. 11

    I would like to ask question about css, isit possible to make the mac button in css which can be used in all browser? Anyone can help how to code it ?

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  12. 12

    You are Smashing some great articles of late! Navigation is a topic I love to revisit often – it’s inspiring and fun to read of the new, old, new again trends etc.

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  13. 13

    very useuful list, especially for inspiration for a new design im working on for my site! i ALWAYS loved the Mac designs, but im moving towards sites that have more icons on them to give user feedback.

    im not a fan of the grunge designs but i can see why they are popular.

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  14. 14

    Nice collection, thanks for share.
    By the way… hellocolor.com link doesn’t work. I think you forget the “http://”

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  15. 15

    Very nice collection!
    Thanks.

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  16. 16

    Well done Smashing Magazine, another great article and a great collection of menus.

    I also like the effect used on this site:

    Looks like it uses Mootools for the menu effect and also hiding of the navigation.

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  17. 17

    while it’s cool, NickAd’s site navigation raises my anxiety levels.

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    Nice selection of menus there, made me feel like I’d better pull my finger out and sort mine now.

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    Great selection as usual!
    I love the pink one, it could looks nice on my weblog. :)

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    Very nice collection

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  21. 21

    ..however, that rainbow menu is the one, that I had on my previous portfolio version, still to see at:

    http://nrb.oxygenetic.org/

    Thanks,
    P

    :]

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  22. 22

    @lukxiufung (# 10)

    Yeah, there is an easy way to make all buttons universal using CSS (assuming you mean an input button such as submit).

    all you need to do is create a class and then apply it to your input tag.

    An example…

    input.button {
    background: url(“images/button.jpg”) top left no-repeat;
    width: 100px;
    height: 25px;
    }

    input.button:hover {
    background: url(“images/button_hover.jpg”) top left no-repeat;
    }

    Although a bit more advanced I would suggest creating both states in the same image and then just shifting the background position, this way you don’t get a weird white flicker while the hover state image loads.

    I am still learning CSS so by all means please someone correct me if I am wrong.

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  23. 23

    Very nice collection. I like the experimental solutions, some of them really stands out!

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    Fun to see what people are using out there. As site overhauls are (or should be) few and far between so as not to overly confuse your visitors, it is important to find something visually appealing that works, and then make minor tweaks along the way.

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    … i love you guys, but do you think that you can start making all your links open in a new window … ?
    that would be lovely seeing that you always have 50+ links on one posting …

    just something to ponder .

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    White Void

    Here is an example of an “experimental solution” that makes great use of papervision3d.

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    The menu of this site is very different and beautiful: http://www.bambubali.com.br

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      No.. .that site has “mystery meat” navigation. Beautiful, maybe… but useless.

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  28. 30

    That Nickad menu is really hard to use. :/

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  29. 31

    We from enilsson use the vertical tabs as well… very interesting concept.

    http://www.enilsson.com

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  30. 32

    I keep saying ‘how beautiful they are’ – some of them, of course.. really inspire me.

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  31. 33

    Great assembly as usual. Some go into making it really difficult and adventurous for the viewer to find his/her way, but I guess if that is the name of the game, so be it!

    Seeing some of the horizontal navigation tabs write ‘downward’ is (mostly) not reader friendly. Bottom up with base of font closer to the reader is what gives best readability.

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    I am more of a horizontal menu bar with the hover effect matching the nav buttons to the rest. Vertical navigation just gives me a hard time.

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  33. 35

    great collection! here´s a another “trendy” menu: http://www.pxldlx.de

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  34. 36

    Nice collection guys..

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    just superb!

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  36. 38

    The mac style applied to a Geographic Information Service Web Application is very pleasant : http://www.metis-light.com
    This GIS Web Application is still under development (visual problems under IE…).

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  37. 39

    Hey Keri, it looks like the “Timothy Sykes” site is using “jQuery”. A collection of various javascripts and a base collection of code for use on your websites. The effect is called “lava lamp”. I’ve seen it before and found that I liked how it looked and reacted too! Here is a link to where you can see the lava lamp code explained and there are some examples at the bottom of the page, one like the “Sykes” menu. http://www.gmarwaha.com/blog/?p=7

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  38. 41

    nice picks! i think navigation on http://www.hejz.com is wicked as well

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  39. 42

    Great inspirational collection! Also noticing the (small) trend in horizontal scrolling websites, not quite sure how I feel about this…guess it works in some situations.

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  40. 43

    I think some of the ‘overly designed’ navigation completely miss the point of what navigation is supposed to be used for. What is the point of hiding the navigation??

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  41. 44

    another awesome collection!

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  42. 45

    Great collection, fantastic inspiration!

    Thank you!

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  43. 46

    Very timely indeed. I was just thinking about redoing my own menus. Certainly bucket-loads of inspiration above. Many thanks SM.

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  44. 47

    @rayelle I totally agree: Some of those navigation concepts are overdone.

    Navigation is crucial for a website, because you don’t have sheets to turn. But in any case the content is the reason to visit your website.

    Thank you for the elaborated collection – it’s interesting to see common principles, even if they might be critical or need discussion. That’s we’re on a blog…

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  45. 48

    Fantastic! Thank you for this!

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    Defign4Fun is my favorite! Dunno how he did it, but it works!

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    Very good. I hope more people will use these ideas.

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  48. 51

    Funny seeing the steven holl website on the list.
    The page is a great improvement from his last one but i think it could use larger letters.
    Also after you navigate away from the main page the navigation gets annoying in my opinion.

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  49. 52

    Nice collection. Useful. Hope people will buy these ideas!

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  50. 53

    this collection is useful to collect new ideas!
    thanks!

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  51. 54

    Cool collections…was dreaming in blend of color they use..

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    Thanks, great posts!

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    Outstanding.

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  54. 57

    wonderful portfolio of ideas … :)
    thx for that

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  55. 58

    Ya know, smashing magazine really pisses me off. Every time I read a post this good I get really frustrated and start thinking “do I have to redo my site” and “is my site good enough?” I have to stop and take a couple deep breaths and put everything back into perspective. That typography poster article is still haunting me because some of the design is so fresh.

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    I love the content you offer. One suggestion however; it would be much easier if you could code the links to open up in a new window or tab versus the parent page. That way I could review the content and easily return to your page and pick back up where I left off. Anyway, keep up the good work. It is always nice to see relevant content.

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    Wath about my horizontal menu? http://www.imaginepaolo.com

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  58. 61

    This really is the best site ever. It really helps with ideas. Keep them coming!

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    Very nice collection… i like them especially mac type navigations… thanks.

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  60. 63

    Great source of inspiration for the designer with a heavy workload!

    vertical tabs can’t be live text, so there are accessibility and updateability issues. You need a very good reason to go to the vertical menu!!

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    Peer Wandiger - Selbständig im Netz

    February 28, 2008 11:58 pm

    That’s a great resource of different navigations. Many of them are really beautiful.
    I will bookmark this page to get inspiration when I need it.

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    Nice collection!

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    While some of them look good, we also need to admit that many of them are a usability nightmare…

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  64. 68

    Thank you for this list. It’s awesome.
    “1. Trend toward “speaking” block navigation” I have seen these styles during the [dot com bubble].
    What it was was the 2 language combination, both horizontal and vertical navigation styles.
    However, the idea of speaking navigation is the trend…

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    yeah… great article with many very nice ideas for me. Example 2 is similar like here: Restaurant zenSuR.

    thank you for your great job

    From Germany

    Ralph

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    Awesome design tips! Thanks a lot!

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  67. 71

    very usefull article
    thank you for your effort
    the vertical navigation is hard to read as you said and it’s not suitable for common use
    NIckad and the playground blues menus are the worse because it’s not cross browser compatible and you can easily miss it
    but you put other great resources for grea ideas
    thank you

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  68. 72

    Some of these concepts are great, unfortunatelythe coding is kind ofcrap on a few of them they don’t work on my MAC :(

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    Great collection :) I like them! Good work!

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    Charlie Nielsen

    March 4, 2008 1:48 am

    Hmm .. Nice collection with a good overview. I guess that finding the right solution is a simple matter of planning the design thoroughly through first. Vertical tabs are pretty nifty as the save space, that can be used way more intelligent, but as they’re harder to read, the typography and usage is important. I’m thinking of using some in one of our systems as a test .. (it’s just css, so why not try it ..) :D

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  71. 75

    Can someone explain me how i can realise a menu like the digitalartifex.com guys?
    I am sure there is a complete solution somewhere in the internet.

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    I’m not sure whether your comments are valid as , with all due respect, your site is an absolute mess.

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  73. 77

    Nice list. Although there seems to be a lot of people missing the point of articles like this – someone mentioned that all sites should use breadcrumbs for navigation…are you serious?! Experimentation is the only way to truly move forward and lists like this one show what is possible.

    I think it’s worth noting that a large proportion of the more experimental navs are on designers sites who are showing that they’re capable of thinking outside the box. A lot of clients are looking for creativity so in these instances I think it’s entirely justifiable to have something less mainstream (as long as it stil works of course!)

    Just wanted to say that I really like the ‘speaking’ buttons style, there’s nothing worse than ambiguous navigation – and I bet it doesn’t hurt your page rankings either, aren’t descriptive links what Google are all about?

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  74. 78

    really good list. Thanks!

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  75. 79

    Great collection ! Man thanks for another great post !

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  76. 80

    Lovely round-up – I never knew that I had come to hate some styles of navigation so much. However lots of tasty ideas here too…

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  77. 81

    Some beautiful navs there, just in process of redesigning my site and was goign to use javascript to make it more interesting but now I’m thinking it’s just not needed.

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    Real Gud ones..
    thanks a lot Smashing..

    u guys are real SMASHING…..

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  79. 83

    This page it’s really cool… these nav menu exemplos help me a lot .
    Good work!

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    I am a fan of the ‘speaking block’ navigation. There’s no better user experience than one where it feels the designer is holding your hand as you walk through the website.

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    I think the mac button is not css. I reckon it is done in photoshop because as you can see in the button, it has a little bit gradient. You can do it in CSS but not perfectly look like what you can see in Mac Button and 1 more thing it should be web safe color. I suggest you to do it in Photoshop and use javascript for hovering the button.

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    very good!thanks

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  83. 88

    i really admire those authors who designed these works.
    so i think no matter whether it is popular still,
    at least it is art we appreciate.

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    they are are very good designers.. nice one!

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  85. 90

    Oh, wow, thanks for the list! Gave me some ideas for my navigation. Man, menus are a pain in the ass…

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  86. 91

    FAO: im suden

    It’s all very well quoting or linking to Jakob Neilsons site, but useable or not his site is incredibly ugly. In fact the content is so lacking in structure as to actually hinder useability – which content is important? Where do I look first? Why do I have to scroll to see some of the top level navigation?

    Laughable really.

    If you don’t believe there is any room for aesthetics in websites then why on earth come to a site that celebrates design?

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  87. 92

    Good study of navigation design.
    very good.

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  88. 93

    It’s all good stuff but I still like normal, traditional navigation.

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    to the author of the article:

    what metrics do you have (other than the Apple example) that convince you that these are all sound UIs?

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  90. 95

    very cool collections…
    My wishes to al those who ahve worked on this appealing set of navigation

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    Very nice experimental navigation is used on website http://www.arin.cz

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    Debabrata Ghosh

    April 29, 2008 9:29 pm

    Very nice collections and also very helpful for designers……..

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  93. 98

    I love you more than i can do

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  94. 99

    Perfect flash menu
    It’s online builder. You can create drop down or accordion menus or download component.

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  95. 100

    hi,
    how can we use these theme?
    I would like a theme like the site “guide de prague”.

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    thank you…

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    thanks you

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    thank you wery much

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  99. 104

    Uhh… “mystery meat navigation”… menu options with sound effects.. I remember using those back in the 90s (and dropping them really fast)
    Excellent list, as usual, thanx!

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  100. 105

    I hate vertical type. People read left to right, not up and down so i find this approach to navigation a little dodgey. Makes you want to tilt your head to the left so you can read it properly. I don’t foresee me ever using vertical type on anything. I think it is the worst thing ever.

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  101. 106

    I never seen this kind of navigation menu!
    very very nice…
    thanks for it.

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  102. 107

    buttons is very nice :D

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  103. 108

    Many thanks for sharing. i really needed some inspiration for navigation design so thanks!

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  104. 109

    This is such a wonderful article, thanks for all the examples you’ve provided. Some of them are really beautiful :)

    OVO Creatives

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  105. 110

    Doe anyone know of a way in WordPress to dynamically create a page list like what is shown in the first trend? I know I could use a custom field to create the subtitle, the problem is then listing it and the page title with a custom query.

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  106. 111

    excellent compilation of thanks

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  107. 112

    That’s a really nice list, thank you :) It’s just a shame that the gotocss3.com site is no more – I really love that menu design and wanted to see more :(

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  108. 113

    it is realy great designs on this site…… this is very helpfull site for web designers…iam a web designer so i am very happy now ! thank you “SMASHINMAGAZINE”….

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  109. 114

    Your screenshots are not showing.

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  110. 115

    Very interesting subject

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  111. 116

    >while it’s cool, NickAd’s site navigation raises my anxiety levels.

    My experience exactly. Frightening really. And the bass throb made me too anxious to actually keep navigating further!

    As to this page as a whole with examples: a nice collection of work and helped with a little (well somewhat large) problem I had on a present project. Thanks for the effort in compiling all of these – must’ve taken quite some time! :)

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    Cool collections, thanks.

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    This article is really amazing! Well structured and a true source of inspiration for every web design! I use it for my day to day design. Thanks!

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    omar no sleep till brooklyn

    January 21, 2009 9:43 pm

    This is truly exceptional inspiration and all around great work! Thank you so much for the work you put into this Smashing Magazine!

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  116. 121

    Thanks for presenting this intriguing collection!

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  117. 122

    i am so impressed with your site and all the collections your bring to this site. Thank you so much for inspiring me with your hard work.

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  118. 123

    another sample for the ‘creative / icon’ navigation. I think it works really well. intuitive.
    boxmodel.ca
    take a look.

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    nice thanks!

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    Cool Ideas. Great for inspiration. I visit this page everytime I design a navigation menu.

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    Hi there, does anyone know a good tutorial for speaking buttons navigation? I have tried it with only text and css but when going mouseover it won’t highlight the full button, only for example “home” and not the subtext.

    I have seen quite cool navigation menu’s but I good tutorial for such speaking navigation menu’s is hard to find…

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    This certainly is timely for. For a little while now, I had been on the look out for navigation inspiration – Viola, this turns up!

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    Really nice collection! Thanks.

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    This is excellent work..
    Thanks

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    Great list. Small typo in Polkdesign entry: calendear

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    Really inspiring!

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    i found a cool navigation on the webdesign portfolio from the berlin webdesigner michael seiler-gerstmann. amazing^^

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    Check out this cool navigation from INVIVIA
    http://www.microsoft.com/services

    Its a hybrid tab-breadcrumb navigation.

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    This is a very interesting and useful article! I’ll bring to my next web design class!

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    Really very nice collection

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    Creative and Innovative collection of navigation menus…………really inspiring and impressive……………i like ur collection always………..

    thanks for giving great ideas and designs………………..

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    Sorry, some of this stuff is akin to installing a door in the ceiling and forcing people to climb hoops and ladders just to get through it. (“Nickad” should be banned from the internet.)

    Thinking outside the box means more than just replacing tried and true navigation with pointlessly convoluted scripts and jumbled Flash abortions. Apple thinks outside the box all the time, but they tend to make sure their creations are something people can actually use at the end of the day.

    I expected more from a site focused on solid, progressive web design!

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    Just wanted to thank you for this. We’ve used some of the menu info on here for both

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    It’s awesome collection…..I like most of the design……thanks…..

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    jefferis peterson

    January 30, 2010 12:17 pm

    Normally I’m not a fan of Flash but I must say that the nickad.com site blew me away. Awesome.

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    Wow!!! great suggestions!!!

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    Thanks for this! Lot of materials.

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    Some great examples to inspire my creativity!
    Many Thanks!

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    LOUNG KHAN SHAR

    April 29, 2010 3:31 am

    Rais Loung khan shar is senior vice president PPP Cultural wing Disst: Sanghar

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    What considerations need to be made for navigation on the various touch screen technology? Apple cites Flash as being reliant on the mouse (with mouse-over events etc…) so does this argument extend to dropdown menus et al that rely on the user hovering their mouse over a menu item before the dropdown appears?

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    These are all great but I don’t know why all the showcases are full of portfolio sites. Even if you see any of the CSS gallery found on net you will find that many of the site are portfolios of some web design company. These examples looks great but there is not much practice examples of them on professional sites. How am I going to use these full of icons navigation on a professional business site. There should be a showcase of niche sties so that we can truly find some inspiration form them.

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    Navigation of links on your site plays a big role in determining the stickiness of your site (how long your visitor stays and explores your site). and you also got more information.

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    Thanks for all this reseach. I never have time to do this kind of research and thinking.

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    Very nice collection,
    Appealing And Attractive

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    Great collections…

    thanks a lot.

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    Thanks alot , that is a great collection and here is a IT Consulting Company for assistance

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    Sudhansu Ranjan Mangaraj

    February 10, 2011 8:01 pm

    Have best and good collection about the menu styles. I refer this to all designers… get some good Idea …

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    amarnath jaganathan

    February 21, 2011 11:01 pm

    Good list though! Would like to add Kwicks in mac style list.
    http://www.kriesi.at/wp-content/extra_data/kwicks_tutorial/kwicks_final.html

    I used it in my website as well.
    http://www.colorchalk.com

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    I like the collection and it opens a way of designing….

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    This is a great collection. Thanks for posting. I also liked the right column prompts I came across at this design studio’s site: Splendor Design Group.

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    Thanks ,
    Really awesome menus shared in this article i where inspired with this menus and anytime in any my new website project i like to use this menus thanks ………

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    Would you say that “speaking to navigation” is a good solution for a global health care company targeting health care professionals? It has been proposed by an agency, but I am looking for a second opinion…

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    paparao vanapalli

    June 10, 2010 2:22 am

    Nice Collection! Thank u

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    letters-numbers.com is maybe one of the worst websites I have ever seen. The designer has lost sight of what usability is all about and is trying too hard to impress other designers…

    his menu on the right hand side looks like a google ad, which makes the initial impression of the website make it seem like it isn’t a legit site, and makes me think ‘avoid this site, I’m going to get ad-ware if I stay here…’

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    Have to agree with Ryan on this one.

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    Although the navigation and usability at letters-numbers.com could do with re-thinking, I find it extremely hard to believe that this is one of the worst websites you have ever seen, Ryan. There are a million worse sites both on the navigation and design fronts. Steve Rura’s work is actually pretty good!

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    hello syed.

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