40 Beautiful and Effective Responsive Navigation Menus

Ease of navigation is one of the biggest keys to the usability of a website. If visitors can easily find what they are looking for they will be more likely to stay on the website rather than leaving and going to some other site. Effective navigation can help to increase pageviews, improve the user experience, and even increase revenue and profit.

As more and more users are accessing sites via mobile devices, responsive web design has continued to increase in popularity. One of the challenges of designing and developing responsive websites is to create a user-friendly navigation menu that works equally well for visitors on all types of devices.

While a few years ago navigational menus were a primary visual element in almost every web design, many responsive websites are now opting for a navigation menu that is much less dominant visually. These sites typically use a familiar icon of 3 horizontal stripes to indicate that a menu will be opened on click. Of course, this is only one approach and other websites use totally different approaches.

In this post we’ll showcase 40 different navigation menus of responsive websites. This will showcase many different styles and approaches, and should provide some inspiration that can be put to good use in your own design and development work.  The best way to experience these navigation menus is to click through and see how it works in the browser.

Grain & Mortar

Grain & Mortar

Your Majesty Co

Your Majesty Co

Andculture

Andculture

WP Engine

WP Engine

Pace Law

Pace Law

Antro

Antro

Fixed Digital Agency

Fixed

Draftfcb

Draftfcb

Zinio

Zinio

Marmoset Music

Marmoset Music

Static Interactive

Static Interactive

The Japan Times

The Japan Times

A List Apart

A List Apart

An Event Apart

An Event Apart

Mashable

Mashable

Stanford Arts

Stanford Arts

World Wildlife Fund

WWF

Tilde Inc.

Tilde

Paid to Exist

Paid to Exist

Web Design Ledger

Web Design Ledger

Fiafo

Fiafo

StudioPress

StudioPress

ThemeTrust

ThemeTrust

DevCasts

DevCasts

Awesem

Awesem

Matter of Form

Matter of Form

The1stMovement

The1stMovement

WebEffectual

WebEffectual

Mostly Serious

Mostly Serious

Daniella Draper

Daniella Draper

Wedge & Lever

Wedge & Lever

MarketPlace

MarketPlace

Webknit

Webknit

Tradestone Confections

Tradestone Confections

Coulee Creative

Coulee Creative

Rokivo

Rokivo

Curt’s Special Recipes

Curt's Special Recipes

Fall in Tennessee

Fall in Tennessee

Wallmob

Wallmob

More Air

More Air

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