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30 Web Designs Featuring Pop Out Navigation Menus

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Once upon a time navigation menus were constantly anchored in place along the top or side of a web design, but nowadays as Javascript and CSS animations are becoming more popular, we’re starting to see different navigation UI approaches when it comes to directing your users to where they want to go.

The “hamburger” icon has become the recognized metaphor for the menu, which allows designers to hide away their links until they’re needed.

Today’s post features 30 modern website designs which make use of pop out navigation menus, these sites cleverly bring the menu into view using slide-in or overlay effects.

Visage

Clicking on the menu icon reveals the side menu and the content disappear when the menu is closed. There are smooth transitions involved in this process. Check them out!

Visage Pop Out Navigation Menus

Sampedro

This website design has a hero image placed on the header section paired with a hidden navigation makes the user navigation more intuitive and easier.

Sampedro Pop Out Navigation Menus

We are Empire

We are Empire website has a minimalist design with a hidden navigation marked by a hamburger icon in the top right corner.

We Are Empire Pop Out Navigation Menus

Brand Junkie

The navicon for the menu blends perfectly with the environment in this website. It may be difficult to spot right on, but it’s positioned in an intuitive place, the top right corner of the page.

Emotional branding applied to product design

Deux.is

This menu has a smooth transition effect for the menu, plus some subtle colored hover effects for the links.

Deux.is Pop Out Navigation Menus

Camp David Film

This website has two navigation systems, one on the top header, and another partly hidden in the top right corner of the page. The secondary navigation can be triggered with a click.

Camp David Pop Out Navigation Menus

The Blnce

The simple design of the menu goes well with the site. Clicking the hamburger icon opens up a fullscreen, dark overlay menu with white links.

The Blnce Pop Out Navigation Menus

Michael Villeneuve

This is a more simplistic design for a hidden menu. It blends perfectly with the rest of the site and offers a unique user experience.

Michaël Villeneuve Navigation Menus

Huge.

The white font color creates a nice contrast against the pink background, and the font is just big enough.

Huge Navigation Menus.

La Ligne Rouge

This top menu opens while hovering on the navicon at the top center of the page. It also pairs nicely with smooth menu transitions and hover effects.

La ligne rouge Navigation Menus

Xander

To find this website’s primary navigation you will have to click the navigation icon in the top right corner of the page. A fullscreen, overlay menu will appear.

Xander Creative Navigation Menus

H. Creative Group

This fullscreen menu blends well with the overall design of the website. The subtle hover effect of the menu items adds some extra points to the user experience.

Non-Profit Marketing Agency In Atlanta Navigation Menus

Griflan Design

Clicking the menu icon reveals the big, dark, overlay menu that covers the entire website. Check it out!

Griflan Design Navigation Menus

Jim Ramsden

Being hidden initially, hovering over the menu icon reveals the full menu in a unique, interesting layout with icons for each section/page.

Jim Ramsden Navigation Menus

Tannbach

This website’s design is marked by some dynamic navigation elements which are triggered when instinctively hovering on the top of the page for finding the menu.

Tannbach Navigation Menus

Cofa Media

Cofa Media website has a navigation system based on a hamburger button that subtly uncovers the main navigation of the site while covering the whole screen.

Website Design Navigation Menus

Hooch Creative

The menu icon is nonintrusive and very subtly positioned in the top right corner of this website. Click it to see how it uncovers the primary navigation.

Hooch Creative Navigation Menus

Demodern

Demodern has a distinctive navicon that contrasts the website design. Clicking it uncovers a geometric menu design with subtle hover effects for the links.

Demodern Navigation Menus

Keegan Burkett

The design of this simple side, slide-in menu is top-class and matched the design style of the whole website.

Keegan Burkett Navigation Menus

TOWA

Check out this fullscreen menu that opens when clicking the navigation icon. The menu items are provided with a cool hover effect.

Digital Agentur slide in Navigation Menus

Design Council

The side menu of this website can be toggled on and off. Also, check outthe subtle hover effect for the links.

Design Council slide in Navigation Menus

Fjord Trends

This simple website menu instantly catches the visitor’s attention. That’s how you design an efficient side menu!

Fjord Trends 2017 slide in Navigation Menus

450 GSM

450 GSM has a right side menu that reveals itself when clicking on the navicon. It is paired with some smooth effects.

Print Online slide in Navigation Menus

Vity’s Design

This website’s design is accompanied by an elegant side menu that opens in fullscreen mode when you click the burger icon.

Design slide in Navigation Menus

Trask Industries

Take a look at the colorful side menu of this website. It instantly catches the visitor’s attention!

Trask Industries slide in Navigation Menus

Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards

This simple website is accompanied by a very attractive side menu with simple and elegant fonts.

Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards slide in Navigation Menus

Drawtoclick

Here is another side menu that is positioned on the right. This menu is initially hidden, and it reveals itself on hover/click.

Studio graphique slide in Navigation Menus

Hyperakt

Here’s another example of a simple side menu that appears when clicking the menu icon revealing the big, bold side menu.

Hyperakt slide in Navigation Menus

OwnerListens

This simple slide-in menu integrates perfectly with the overall design of the website. The designer kept things simple and user-friendly.

OwnerListens slide in Navigation Menus

TriplAgent

The simple design of the menu goes well with the site. It is opened when clicking the hamburger icon.

TriplAgent slide in Navigation Menus

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Written by Iggy

Iggy is a designer who loves experimenting with new web design techniques collating creative website designs. You can follow Iggy on Twitter.

17 Comments

  1. Allen Robert says:

    I like Medlio and Towa’s featuring pop out navigation menu designs they are really great and I will use them in my next projects. Thanks for sharing.
    Web Design Our Services

  2. jasmine says:

    What a great collection… The idea of having a main menu with banner in the background got my attention….. this concept sounds good and may also break the monotony of having a menu at the top or side of the page…

  3. Joe Dallas Website Designer says:

    Chris,

    So timely this is something we are running into especially on the app side.

    Thanks

    Joe Costantino

    http://www.einsteinseyes.com

  4. Niki Singh says:

    Great designs! I think I saw a few of them on awwwards.com. thanks for sharing with us.

  5. پنل اس ام اس says:

    Hi dear
    i really intrested in yout sites post!
    you are perfect !
    Thanks very mutch

  6. Colegio bilingüe says:

    Great collection, i might use one of those ideas to my site. Thanks

  7. Anchit Shethia says:

    The user experience will be amazing and the site will look a lot cleaner :) The designs are great as usual.

  8. Priyanka Parmar says:

    Pop out navigation bars usually go unnoticed, don’t you think? Its a great idea to save some space on page and looks clean. But will it attract clicks often?

  9. Teelah says:

    I really like the idea of pop up menu navs like these. Designers use to be all about putting the nav somewhere really accessible and easy to find. A good user experience would help clients navigate but sometimes this means it should just be clean and concise. These are really great, thanks for sharing!

  10. Steffen says:

    There is also a great codrops tutorial on how to create those overlays:

    http://tympanus.net/codrops/2014/02/06/fullscreen-overlay-effects/

  11. Chris says:

    Thanks for the feature! Some great examples here :)

  12. Justin says:

    Thanks for the great examples. Now I know what web design trend our clients will be begging for over the next six months (even if it’s not appropriate for their site).

  13. IT Support Bristol says:

    You done different in favor of blog creation and make menu in different style. Thanks for your collections.

  14. Gonzo the Great says:

    .. just take a look at that cool off-canvas sliding nav menu on http://rajtoral.com .. BOOM!

  15. Tom Durkin says:

    Great list as usual! Not only is there some great nav inspiration, the designs are amazing too!

  16. Victoria says:

    Great collection! I thought that pop up menues, as any pop ups always look annoying, but after seeing these designs, i agree that there are ways to make stylish and professionally looking pop ups

    • Meghna says:

      Pops used to be intrusive because of their ugly looks. Now, with creative designers in collaboration with psychologists and color therapies, pops are equally given more importance in terms of sales.

      These designs here are super awesome!

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