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. Having a clean and well-structured website navigation is key in designing an effective user interface.
The semitransparency effect in this drop-down menu works will with the vivid background image.
This is a simple yet sleek drop-down menu on the Mozilla.
Sony has a very wide and simple drop-down menu on their main UK site.
This drop-down menu uses colours that fit the rest of the site. The big font size and the overall design looks amazing.
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.
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.
The white background, blue text, and red top and bottom borders utilizes the the USA flag’s colours.
This navigation is special because it’s clean but creative at the same time. The brown really stands out from the rest of the site’s soft colours.
The red and white text on the semitransparent black background really works its charm.
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.
Facebook has their simple drop-down menu on the site’s “Account” main menu link with relevant links for editing your Facebook account.
Bonfire Snowboarding has an awesome 3-column drop-down submenu on their “Products” main navigation item, placing their products within three categories.
This drop-down navigation menu showcases the yummy cookies that the store makes available to its hungry patrons.
This navigation is bright and shaped unconventionally.
Here’s a clean drop-down menu that fits perfectly with the overall landscape of the site design.
This simple drop-down menu is practical and doesn’t distract away from the main areas of the web page layout.
This drop-down menu highlights the attention to detail that the site designer has.
This rough grunge style website has an edgy drop-down menu that complement the look-and-feel of the website’s general aesthetics.
The drop-down menu in this design has nice curves and beautiful visuals that serve to display images of the computer manufacturer’s products.
Netttuts+ has a clean drop-down navigation menu that works well with their header colours.
This drop-down menu is functional in that it also serves as an illustrated visual of the various styles of sunglasses.
This dark drop-down menu really stands out from the rest of the site’s lighter colours.
Converse has a grunge-styled drop-down menu that has a cloth-like texture with frizzy edges.
This is a masterfully neat drop-down navigation design that has an orange hover effect.
This drop-down submenu has a wonderful animation effect with the smaller pieces of wood folding down from the main menu item.
This drop-down menu’s design embodies the hand-drawn theme of the website.
This drop-down navigation menu fits perfectly into the site design, and the pink hover highlight is a great touch of detail.
As you hover over each car, the image on the right changes. It also looks stunning with the semitranspart background.
Pure Grips feature images in their drop-down menu to make it clear to the user which products are which.