Having a clean and well-structured website navigation is key in designing an effective user interface.
Drop-down menus are great for sites that have multiple levels of content hierarchy. The typical design pattern of a drop-down menu is that when a user hovers over the parent navigation item, a submenu of navigation items appears. In this collection are many different types of drop-down menus used in websites all over the web for your navigation design inspiration.
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1. Pure Grips
B&Q has a clean and eye-catching drop-down menu that lists columns of products that customers are looking for.
4. Red Brick Health
This drop-down navigation menu fits perfectly into the site design, and the pink hover highlight is a great touch of detail.
5. Carreras Con Futuro
This drop-down menu’s design embodies the hand-drawn theme of the website.
This drop-down submenu has a wonderful animation effect with the smaller pieces of wood folding down from the main menu item.
7. Callaway Golf
This is a masterfully neat drop-down navigation design that has an orange hover effect.
Converse has a grunge-styled drop-down menu that has a cloth-like texture with frizzy edges.
This dark drop-down menu really stands out from the rest of the site’s lighter colours.
10. Sunglass Hut
This drop-down menu is functional in that it also serves as an illustrated visual of the various styles of sunglasses.
This rough grunge style website has an edgy drop-down menu that complement the look-and-feel of the website’s general aesthetics.
15. Ski Alpine
16. Guitar Hero
This simple drop-down menu is practical and doesn’t distract away from the main areas of the web page layout.
17. Mac Appstorm
Here’s a clean drop-down menu that fits perfectly with the overall landscape of the site design.
18. Noizi Kidz
20. Famous Cookies
This drop-down navigation menu showcases the yummy cookies that the store makes available to its hungry patrons.
23. Bonfire Snowboarding
Bonfire Snowboarding has an awesome 3-column drop-down submenu on their “Products” main navigation item, placing their products within three categories.
25. Nick Ad
You have to click-and-hold your mouse pointer for the submenu to appear. Then you move onto the link you want on each drop-down and release your mouse button to visit that page; it’s an interestingly unconventional interaction design.
26. TN Vacation
27. MTV UK
28. DC Shoes
32. White House
33. Navigant Consulting
The colours used on this site work together like players of a football team.
34. Officers Club
Another clothing website with a drop-down; having a dropdown submenu makes it so much easier to find products. The Officers Club drop-down has a multi-column layout.
35. Fall For Tennessee
Fall for Tennessee has a horizontal drop-down menu that slides out to the right hand side. The menu items that have a drop-down submenu have a small arrow next to them to indicate that they can be expanded.
37. Project Vino
This drop-down menu uses colours that fit the rest of the site. The big font size and the overall design looks amazing.
38. Media Temple
41. Henleys Clothing
43. Action Envelope
Very, a new e-store, has a clean and structured drop-down navigation menu.