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 page views, 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

The navigation menu is easily approachable and the button for the navigation menu is made really attractive.

Your Majesty Co

Your Majesty Co

The navigation menu leads to deep inside the topic and it appears to be quite simple as well.

Andculture

Andculture

The navigation menu is really supportive for all kind of web designs as it shifts to the sidebar once you scroll down a bit.

WP Engine

WP Engine

Navigation menu contains colors that are in excellent contrast with the background.

Pace Law

Pace Law

It is preferably the most common navigation menu used by the professional brands, promotional brands and all other types of generous works.

Antro

Antro

The navigation menu also contains sharing buttons on the bottom and it has really simplified the whole navigation. The navigation button is barely visible and you just have to place a cursor on the navigation menu to enter it.

Fixed Digital Agency

Fixed

Another simple navigation menu that contains dark background, beautiful calligraphic fonts and gives out a general overview of the whole website in a really precise manner.

Draftfcb

Draftfcb

It may seem annoying as the navigation menu covers the whole site and it also contains nice social media sharing buttons.

Zinio

Zinio

The navigation menu slides nicely in the outward direction and it has enhanced the reliability to google through the site in a more precise manner.

Marmoset Music

Marmoset Music

Creative designers have introduced multiple designs for the navigation menus that look so charming, reliable and sophisticated to the viewers. Navigation menu contains nicely attached small square-shaped buttons and it is perfect to be used for the online stores or other such websites.

Static Interactive

Static Interactive

The navigation menu has covered all the things nicely as it leads to the all the different sections of a web page in a delicate way.

The Japan Times

The Japan Times

This type of navigation menu is used in news blogs and other blogs requiring to display tons of information on different topics or niches.

A List Apart

A List Apart

The navigation menu is supported with the search bar at the bottom and it displays the website logo in the same instance as well.

An Event Apart

An Event Apart

The logo of the website appears to be in the nice composition with the navigation menu and designer can design it in such a way that the letters in the navigation menu float over the web page.

Mashable

Mashable

It may be the most advanced and sophisticated navigation menu ever seen as the drop-down menu support the images and sub-categories are categorized in a rather unique way.

Stanford Arts

Stanford Arts

The navigation menu has the capability to cater up each and everything and designer has kept everything simple at the same instance.

World Wildlife Fund

WWF

The navigation menu supports all type of navigation buttons, different calligraphy fonts, search button and logo in the same line. The drop-down menus are also fully customized and sophisticated with a lot of different options and tools.

Tilde Inc.

Tilde

The navigation menu is really simple and sleek ready to be used for all types of different web designs,

Paid to Exist

Paid to Exist

The navigation menu is located just right below the logo icon and the characters get highlighted once you choose a particular field.

Web Design Ledger

Web Design Ledger

The navigation menu includes quick buttons and quick drop-down menu.

Fiafo

Fiafo

Similar to the previous ones, this navigation menu has nice calligraphic fonts used and each category gets hightlighted in a unique way.

StudioPress

StudioPress

The items placed in the navigation menu have been shown in a graphical way and you can ask the designer to customize it according to your need and purpose.

ThemeTrust

ThemeTrust

The web page includes really smooth and supportive navigation menu which may enhance the uer experience for your purpose.

DevCasts

DevCasts

The navigation menu is loaded with icons and each section is categorized properly in the navigation menu.

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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