35 Navigation Menus for Your Design Inspiration

Navigation menus are an important part of any web design for usability purposes, but they can also serve to improve the look and feel of the website. When designing navigation menus there are any number of different approaches that you can take, and in this post we’ll show 35 examples of sites with attractive menus. These examples sites can serve as an excellent source of inspiration for your own projects, as every website needs a good navigation menu.

Pulp Fingers

Pulp Fingers

The Thomas Oliver Band

The Thomas Oliver Band

Belong

Belong

Luhse Tea

Luhse Tea

Sir John A Day

Sir John A Day

Mustache

Mustache

CarnationGroup

CarnationGroup

Hitmo

Hitmo

Happy Cog

Happy Cog

Ascension Latorre

Ascension Latorre

United Pixelworkers

United Pixelworkers

VerBella

VerBella

The Work Cycle

The Work Cycle

Viljami Salminen

Viljami Salminen

CaptainDash

CaptainDash

Nike Chosen Series

Nike Chosen Series

Kisko Labs

Kisko Labs

Tabspresso

Tabspresso

What Happens Next

What Happens Next

Formfett

Formfett

826 Seattle

826 Seattle

Kyan

Kyan

SimpleBits

SimpleBits

Column Five

Column Five

Helen & Hard

Helen & Hard

Cookiesound

Cookiesound

Tao Community

Tao Community

Chimp Chomp

Chimp Chomp

Analog

Analog

Guided

Guided

Lake Nona

Lake Nona

Conde Nast

Conde Nast

Lacoste L!VE

Lacoste L!VE

Riot

Riot

Spin

Spin

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  • Rishi Patel, May 8, 2012

    Great collection! Bad navigation is definitely a dealbreaker for a high-converting website.

  • Alex, May 8, 2012

    Well, that’s a really nice collection. I’d just like to add that as a rule of thumb it is better to place your navigation at the upper left corner. Or least somewhere at the top, because that’s how human eyes work and you want your website visitor to find what he or she wants really quick. :)

  • Gemma W., May 8, 2012

    Great roundup! I like the navigation from The Work Cycle the best.

  • aledesign.it, May 8, 2012

    Good selections of menu. Very nice ideas..Thanks for inspirations.

  • Derek, May 10, 2012

    Thanks for the collection. I especially love the illustrations used in the Luhse Tea menu. They just “feel” right.

  • Maneet Puri, May 11, 2012

    Great! Fantastic collection that you have showcased here. Navigation features of a website are really underrated and under-estimated now days by many of us. Businesses are more focused on enhancing the visual appeal of their website desing and while doing that they negelect the usability part in it, which causes increased visitors bounce rate and low rate of returning visitors. I feel that it is the navigational features present in the website are equally important in appealing visitors and making them feel at ease with your website.

  • Urviho, May 14, 2012

    Nice inspiration :) Thansk for sharing :)

  • TheIToons, May 18, 2012

    Really Really Inspiration collection of nav menu inspirations. Impressed with few and surly will try out combination of them in future. :)