Collection of Interesting Navigation Menus


Good navigation is the main cornerstone of an effective website. They help direct visitors to the main areas of your website, regardless of what page they are viewing on your website. They also point search engine robots in the right direction (though some flashy navigation menus aren’t that SEO friendly).

Below we present some interesting examples of website navigation menus — they are not necessarily very usable, but they are certainly inspiring and original.

Alexarts

A great looking home page that has 4 large balloons as a navigation menu with each balloon floating up whenever a visitor hovers over it.

Alexarts

Blogger Bake Off

A traditional horizontal navigation menu that integrates with the website design beautifully.

Blogger Bake Off

Small Stone Recordings

One of the coolest navigation menus on the web. Each section of the site is featured as a dial or button in the recording unit at the top of the page.

Small Stone Recordings

Loodo

A good navigation menu that is based upon a traditional board game.

Loodo

Jeff Sarmiento

A colourful vertical navigation menu. The background colour and icon that is shown when a visitor hovers over a link is different for every page.

Jeff Sarmiento

Siebennull

A unique and original take on the ‘cluttered desk’ style

A unique and original take on the 'cluttered desk' style

Fabrica De Caricaturas

A great looking home page which features a navigation menu as labels at the left hand side of an A4 piece of paper.

Fabrica De Caricaturas

Genes Sausage Shop

At first glance it looks like a regular vertical menu but when you look closely you will see that the designer has made the menu resemble the ‘specials’ chalkboard like you would see in a butcher shop.

Genes Sausage Shop

Robin James Yu

The square bubbles that are placed around the navigation menu items are placed around the site in other areas. It’s a simple design but it fits in well with the site.

Robert James Yu

Youzee

Smooth, gentle parallax animation

Smooth, gentle animation

Polar Gold

A stylish flash horizontal navigation menu. Sleek and simple.

Polar Gold

Madison

A grungy style navigation menu that turns red when you hover over a link.

Madison

Tennessee Trains & Byways

Don’t let the discrete menu at the top of the page fool you; Tennessee Trains & Byways is in contention for the largest drop down menu in the world. :)

Tennessee Trains & Byways

Innovative Imaging Professionals

A colourful flash menu that lists the various site pages on top of a photo.

Innovative Imaging Professionals

Polecat

Simple solid scrolling navigation

Simple solid scrolling navigation

Carsonified

A cool horizontal navigation menu that fits in well with the groovy Carsonified design.

Carsonified

Fantasy Cartography

A fantastic home page from old mapmaker Robin C. Kuprella. The areas of the site are linked directly on the home page map. Clicking on a link will change the content in the central content box.

Fantasy Cartography

Bully Entertainment

A great menu that features hand drawn icons for each section of the site.

Bully Entertainment

Zut Alors

Front and center tabbed navigation

ZUT ALORS!

Indubitablee

Beautiful hover actions and well designed sketched icons makes Indubitablee a breeze to get around.

Iindubitablee

Power To The Poster

A practical design in which all menu items, and any links on the page, turn red when you hover over them.

Power To The Poster

Fundo Los Paltos

A good looking wooden style navigation menu that shows a leaf icon whenever you over a menu item.

Fundo Los Paltos

Yellow Bird Project

A simple but fun menu that integrates well with the cartoon design of the rest of the website.

Yellow Bird Project

Pure Grips

A good looking clean corporate style horizontal menu.

Pure Grips

Carbonica

A simple vertical menu that shows an arrow and drawn circle when you hover over the item. Strangely, not all menu items have this effect.

Carbonica

Chris Jennings

Colourful bookmarks are used as menu links at the top of a torn piece of paper in this cool looking vertical navigation menu.

Chris Jennings

Time For Cake

An elegant drop down navigation menu. Perfectly fits both the design and subject of the site.

Time For Cake

Amazee Labs

Another simple yet beautiful horizontal menu that we felt was worth taking note of.

Amazee Labs

Guga Fit

A cool navigation menu which changes the links from blue to green when you hover over them. Simple but effective.

Guga Fit

Ferocious Quarterly

A ribbon style menu that shows page links on different levels.

Ferocious Quarterly

USU Students Association

A great looking vertical navigation menu. Bold and attention grabbing for such a simple design.

USU Students Association

FA Design

A stylish menu that looks great over the full screen image changing background.

FA Design

Biola Undergrad

A basic horizontal navigation menu that works well with the colourful design of Biola Undergrad.

Biola Undergrad

C & C Coffee

A fun flash based menu that playfully dangles links from the top of the page.

C & C Coffee

Helmy Bern

An interesting menu that wraps the menu links around a torn piece of cardboard.

Helmy Bern

Crumpler

An image based navigation menu that features social media integration.

Crumpler

B & Q

Each category shows dozens of website links under it. It’s a great example of how you can still make a website with hundreds of pages easy to navigate.

B & Q

From The Couch

A simple vertical drop down menu that integrates well with the blog design.

From The Couch

Get Me Fast

Many of the graphics in the background are links in this fun header design.

Get Me Fast

Eye Bridge

A graphic based menu that shows a circle around the page text when you hover over it.

Eye Bridge

CampLuxe

A clean professional looking naivigation menu. An easy addition to the showcase.

CampLuxe

NickAd

Probably not the most practical menu available but certainly one of the coolest. The NickAd page remains mostly blank apart from a small logo at the top left and bottom right of the page. Your cursor changes into a star when viewing the page. If you click on the page a horizontal menu will appear that will let you navigate the site.

NickAd

Envira Media

A great looking eco-style vertical navigation menu.

Envira Media

XHTML Cafe

Another good example of an interactive home page. The top menu and and many elements of the home page design are all clickable.

XHTML Cafe

Design Bombs

A minimal design that integrates with the Design Bombs website look and feel perfectly.

Design Bombs

Paolo Cavanna

A unique navigation menu that is implemented on a cool one page design.

Paolo Cavanna

Surf Station

A minimal vertical navigation menu which increases the size and weight of the menu link selected.

Surf Station

Racket

An innovative navigation menu that fits in well with the website’s unique design.

Racket

CL Designz

A fantastic design that is unique, colourful, fun and practical…oh my.

CL Designz

Keith Cakes

A simple horizontal menu that uses beautiful calligraphy.

Keith Cakes

Carbon Made

The background colour of every page is different, however the colourful navigation menu remains the same.

Carbon Made

Manic Design

A scrolling vertical navigation menu that moves the cursor as you scroll down the page.

Manic Design

HydroHolistic

A fun horizontal menu that displays a descriptive pop up of each page when you hover over a link.

HydroHolistic

Space O Technologies

The cartoon font fits the cosmic style of Space O Technologies perfectly. This is a one page website so the menu colours change depending on what section you are looking at.

Space O Technologies

Thanks for checking out the various navigation menus we collected to feature for you. Hopefully you found a little inspiration along the way. What are some of your favorite solutions to site navigation? Feel free to leave us your thoughts below.

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