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

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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.

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    very nice!

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    Very Boring!

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    A bit short, hmm?

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    hmm.. holidays got smashing down? posts have been thin lately… thanks for the monday post

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    Interesting, but not very inspiring. :-)

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    One post per week and this short?

    I still love this site though ;-)

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    I think subjects have finished for your blog.

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    dagobert renouf

    December 18, 2007 1:38 am

    i love you guys but this post is just not what i can expect from this wonderful magazine.

    1 post a week and still that short ? we got a problem here ..

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    uhh…smashing rules, think maybe they have lives? or family? calm down guys!

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    I would suggest staying away from the mystery nav like example 3. Most people will have no idea what those are supposed to mean.

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    Nice gallery and idea. Smashing magazine is the best webDesign Gallery.

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    somehow i hope SM will find better topics, but i’m yet thankful for those great resources of the past.

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    And you guys are paying … how much? … for this content?


    Thanks for the creative finds, SM. The world does NOT need another stupid web resource with unimaginative posts every day. Take your time to find neat stuff like this!

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    Interesting, thanks!

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    Next week on smashing magazine : How to build a 3 column, 2 row table using only .html

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    looks really effective, love the tie idea.

    Good stuff!!

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    Please tell me the spelling of “Tonight” on the first website is a deliberate mistake! If not, that voice coach needs to change jobs.

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    Carlos Eduardo

    December 18, 2007 4:07 am

    I dont like the third example… These icons doesn’t show clearly what they mean…. =/

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    not inspiring, sory

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    From the “About us” section of this site (emphasis is my own):

    We don’t try to convince you with the quantity, but with the quality of the information we present. That’s what makes us different. In fact, we smash you with the information which will make your life easier. Really.


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