40+ Websites with Unusual Navigation
Navigation is the most important part of a website without which no website can effectively operate. Achieving unique navigation that effectively fulfills its purpose is nearly akin to climbing Mount Everest. Having a unique navigation with perfect functionality makes the website easy to navigate, thus ensuring a better users experience.
Here, we have collected some sites with amazing and unique navigational elements that will not only inspire you, but will show you how to combine innovation with practicality. We hope you like this assortment. Enjoy!
The navigation of this site goes with the theme. This is a website of a US based record label that is evident through its navigation.
BountyBev turns to their creativity to help make their navigation menu as unique and distinctive as it is.
I am Yuna
Beautiful navigation with exceptional hover effects. Navigation menu goes up and down when you hover over it with your mouse.
Truly exceptional and creative navigation that shows a hierarchy of menu up to its roots.
Side Show Press Shop
An easy to navigate website thanks to its well designed navigation menu.
A restaurant menu like navigation is used here that looks really great. The navigation grabs the attention with its simplicity and creativity.
Beautiful and appealing navigation. Selected area becomes highlighted and provides necessary information to the visitors.
Bold use of a centered navigation menu that never dislodges from its position. On hover, icons change to text.
This website uses a unique navigation style that opens and closes like a scroll when a menu is chosen.
Unfold has a simple yet most powerful navigation system that sets it apart from other websites.
Lab for Culture
Simply creative navigation menu is used here that not only is functional but looks visually interesting as well.
Beautiful and easy to navigate website demonstrating the power of their navigation menu.
The site navigation is designed from a totally different perspective. Worth mentioning.
Yet another creative way to present site navigation. Here the navigation is presented in the form of fruit bearing tree.
Vertical tabs are very rarely used as navigation bars, but this website proves that they can look stunning if used properly.
Simple, neat and clean navigation that looks stunning with the stylish hover effect employed.
The navigation has a grungy style and jQuery dropdown menu.
Here the navigational elements are setup as handwritten captions on a Polaroid picture.
Cypher 13 possesses a flexible navigation that is supported by photographs and text. This style is appealing, practical and at times amusing.
Navigate the site through the arrows and certain other keys of your keyboard, Mac users may require their mouse on some occasions.
Studio Stemmler has a simple landing page. But the instant you choose a category, the interface transforms giving you several ways to access content.
Another dazzling portfolio with innovative navigation, this one is based on Flash color samples to select from. Similar items are grouped together.
To help visitors connect with their creative navigation menu, SensiSoft puts a familiar-looking information stand in the center.
Flash Based Navigation Menu
Work Life Balance Centre
Work Life Balance Centre uses a balanced navigation menu that emphasizes all the necessary elements.
This is a portfolio website where Nick Jones uses a simple but dynamic sort of navigation.
Navigation is based on a beautiful artistic scenario where every element used adds life to the site, simply magnificent.
Overall the site is simple and plain, but creatively used navigation makes this website look out of the ordinary.
Marc Anton Dahme
A unique concept of mouse and keyboard being used as the navigation that really stands out, all the while remaining practical.
Navigational menu is set at the bottom of the web page and has some cool hover effects incorporated.
Here you can navigate with the simple scroll of your mouse or with the arrows keys of your keyboard.
Bold use of navigational elements on this site stimulates a visual interest among users.
Organic Grid uses an excellent approach to create navigation bars as if they are the main attraction of the website. Navigation bars move left and right when mouse over to it.
Innovative Imaging Professionals
Here a beautiful navigation menu with hover color effect is used that gives the website a very unique feel.
Moodstream | Getty Image
This website tweaks the mood sliders in order to squeeze your creative juices. This navigation style rocks.
Not forgotten Movie
Here navigation is presented in the form of tarot like cards which catch fire when clicked. The cards are based on a devilish and freaky theme to match the feel of the website.
This site’s navigation allows the visitors to take a tour of a virtual art gallery to move through the site’s offerings. A more traditional nav menu is also included.
This is a New York and Fort Lauderdale based design studio whose website uses a dramatic and astonishing navigation design.
A flexible approach is taken while keeping the navigation easy to use. Stars when clicked change to navigation that simply look stunning.
The navigation is set at the bottom of the web page which is out of the ordinary in and of itself. Different images are used to point to the same content.
A colorful and vibrant pamphlet like navigation gives this site character and sets it apart from others.
You can navigate through the photo thumbnails either by using your mouse wheel or the arrows.
You may also want to consider our previous posts:
- Creative and Unusual Layouts and Navigation Designs
- Showcase of Interesting Navigation Designs
- Showcase Of Beautiful Vertical Navigation Designs
- 50 Beautiful And User-Friendly Navigation Menus
About the Author
Aquil Akhter is a web graphic designer and has been working in this field for 8 years. He also runs the blog webdesigncore.com, which focuses on free web resources and inspiration for designers and developers.