75+ Marvelous Hand-Picked Navigation Menus

Navigation is one of the most important elements of web page design, and it is often overlooked or not given much thought. A good designer will try to create more unique navigation styles, rather than just focusing on basic browser-safe type.

I’ve been trying to implement more creative navigation styles myself when working on client projects, and I had found myself looking up navigation inspiration and showcases. It really surprised me that there weren’t that many compared to other types of showcases, so I decided to add to the collection. Hopefully this showcase can help someone else now.

I personally love the examples with the sleek, “Web 2.0″ look, with tabs and special effects that make them look “real to life”. Share any other pieces of navigation inspiration you may find, or share your thoughts on the examples below.

Hull Digital Live

Navigation

Denis Olenik

Navigation

Mutt Ink

Navigation

Little Tree Software

Navigation

Whose View

Navigation

Typejockeys

Navigation

Mission Bicycle

Navigation

Places We Go

Navigation

Linneas Lights

Navigation

C People

Navigation

Red Velvet Art

Navigation

Development Seed

Navigation

Albumdruck

Navigation

Chattanooga History Center

Navigation

Mochi Media

Navigation

Lelia Thomas

Navigation

Rafael Macho

Navigation

The Plant

Navigation

Shashi Tharoor

Navigation

Creative Tourist

Navigation

Free People

Navigation

QPQP

Navigation

Mouse to Minx

Navigation

Pizzaza

Navigation

Story Pixel

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Atebits

Navigation

IT Dashboard

Navigation

Big Cartel

Navigation

Hiroomi Tahara

Navigation

Carsonified

Navigation

Easy Bistro

Navigation

Webstock

Navigation

Kuni Saki CC

Navigation

Stage 3

Navigation

What Katie Does

Navigation

Toggle

Navigation

CBI Research Center

Navigation

160 Over 90

Navigation

Bush Theatre

Navigation

Huxley Prairie Festival

Navigation

Kitschen Sink

Navigation

Senso Studios

Navigation

Joe Nyaggah

Navigation

Daniel Gutierrez

Navigation

Clickfarm Interactive

Navigation

Chris K. Jennings

Navigation

Norbauer

Navigation

Donna Hay

Navigation

Unouplus

Navigation

Ryan Keiser

Navigation

Rainfall

Navigation

Common Good Radio

Navigation

Nunti

Navigation

AGraph

Navigation

Creative Spaces

Navigation

Good Little Company

Navigation

Weightshift

Navigation

Owltastic

Navigation

John White Studio

Navigation

Purple, Rock, Scissors

Navigation

Southern Media

Navigation

PRville 2009

Navigation

The Nest

Navigation

Andrew Brandwood

Navigation

Vinjerock 2009

Navigation

Tim Van Damme

Navigation

Ma.tt

Navigation

Brad Colbow

Navigation

Form Function

Navigation

Icon Dock

Navigation

Remood

Navigation

Redbrick Health

Navigation

Kay Intveen

Navigation

Akili Museum

Navigation

Web Lab Solutions

Navigation

Web Designer Wall

Navigation

Written By Kayla

Kayla Knight is a 20 year old college student, part-time web developer, freelancer, and blogger. Webitect is where she spends too much of her freetime, sharing interesting finds and valuable resources. Be sure to check out her portfolio.

18 Comments

  1. Nick Parsons

    September 23rd, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Amazing! Good job finding menus that are beautiful and unique (most of these I had never seen before). This has definitely given me some ideas for my next nav menu. I think a really interesting follow-up for this post would be a photoshop tut on different styles (grunge, web 2.0) of menus and what to include in each. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Sean

    September 25th, 2009 at 07:43 am

    Wow! Great finds and very inspiring for my next project. Thanks :)

  3. Jeremy

    October 1st, 2009 at 02:26 pm

    Thomasville Furniture’s navigation is one for the list as well:
    http://www.thomasville.com/

  4. me

    October 2nd, 2009 at 06:26 am

    Oh come on… 90% of what you showed here is pure crap. Work of a 5 yo child.

  5. Maicon Sobczak

    October 2nd, 2009 at 09:41 am

    Beautiful examples that inspire.

  6. Halen

    January 10th, 2010 at 04:25 pm

    Very Beautiful designs.. thanks

  7. mbt schuhe

    September 29th, 2011 at 08:10 pm

    thank you for sharing so nice post!

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