25 Beautiful Navigation Menus

Navigation menus are a critical part of web design because of their importance for usability and creating a position user experience. Websites with poor navigational structure or a lack of clarity in navigation will frustrate visitors and result in people leaving the site without finding the right pages and content.

Aside from the usability aspect, navigation menus also provide designers with the opportunity to create something attractive. In this post we’ll showcase 25 websites that have beautiful menus. You’ll see a variety of different styles, which should help with providing inspiration for your own designs.

WPZOOM

WPZOOM

Andy Waldrop

Andy Waldrop

Archibald Studio

Archibald Studio

Namesake

Namesake

Designer Themes

Designer Themes

dfied

dfied

Ten Little Monkeys

Ten Little Monkeys

Madison

Madison

Vitamin T

Vitamin T

Charbon Studio

Charbon Studio

Cornered

Cornered

Toasted Digital

Toasted Digital

Polaroid

Polaroid

Bestwork

Bestwork

Bully! Entertainment

Bully! Entertainment

David Hellman

David Hellman

Collaborative Fun

Collaborative Fun

3 Sided Cube

3 Sided Cube

Biola Undergrad

Biola Undergrad

Keith Homemade Cakes

Keith Homemade Cakes

Fixel

Fixel

FreeAssociation

FreeAssociation

Hungarian Wine Society

Hungarian Wine Society

Pointless Corp

Pointless Corp

When it Drops

When it Drops

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  • Sara, June 28, 2011

    Best examples of Navigation menus, Excellent collection, Keep updating the menus colelctions regularly.

  • aledesign.it, June 28, 2011

    A nice collection. Some examples are so good! I need in this period to inspirations..and this is perfect! Great! Thankssss!!!!

  • Alex, June 28, 2011

    Great source of inspiration :) Thanks!

  • Dart, June 28, 2011

    Comprehensive and good looking collection, thanks for sharing.

  • Scott Hurff, June 28, 2011

    Thanks for the coverage! Honored to be listed here.

    Just so you know, I just updated that navigation to have some more dimension and color.

    Hope everyone likes it.

  • web design hull, June 29, 2011

    Great collection of navigation menus, simple to use but good looking always wins for me.

  • Ryan Leaper, June 29, 2011

    Arguably the most important part of a website the navigation of a site can really make or break a design. Some fantastic examples here. Many of them are relatively simple and I think that’s an important factor. There’s no point designing an amazing navigation if it doesn’t compliment the site and work as an integral part of the overall design. One of my favourites has to be the Pointless Corp design. The partially hidden navigation and beautiful hover effects really make for an effective navigation.

  • Thomas BEAL, June 29, 2011

    Designer Themes ? what about this one ? I really don’t see it …

    • Vandelay Website Design, June 29, 2011

      Thomas,
      I think the hover and active states of the Designer Themes nav menu make it rather stylish. It’s understated, which works well with their design. Just my opinion.

  • webdesign rosenheim, June 29, 2011

    It is great collection of navigation menus, Menu bar is important for the website and i got many simple design here. Thanks for sharing.

  • Brooklyn Neighborhood, June 29, 2011

    Designer Themes ? Why not??
    Well, this is my first visit to your blog! Totally cool blog post…Genuine work and much success in your business efforts!

  • Themier, June 29, 2011

    very beautiful designed menus. i love the Ten Little Monkeys one. Thanks for that.

  • Piter, June 30, 2011

    Menu noteworthy:) thanks for sharing ..

  • inspirationfeed, July 1, 2011

    Awesome navs!

  • Andy, July 5, 2011

    I’m honored to be part of this showcase.

    Thanks for the posting, keep up the great work!

  • Thanks so much for sharing these awesome menus

  • Peter, July 11, 2011

    A great collection – thanks for sharing!

  • Tony Langlet, July 22, 2011

    I must agree with Vandelay about the Theme Designers website its simple and pretty neat, it’s not always the most flashy navs and websites which are the best looking once. *Thumbs up*

  • kate, July 28, 2011

    its simply a great collection,u dont hve to look elsewhere for themes..its a complete package.

  • Ivan, September 8, 2011

    ” Fixel “, looks awesome

  • amjad, June 6, 2013

    nice collection.
    heritage one, conscient one, unitech group