All kinds of new & fancy navigation menus have been tested and adopted in recent years across different types of ecommerce & publishing websites.
Building mobile responsive websites is a big driver behind this type of menu navigation, along with the HTML5/CSS3 specifications.
What we find interesting is a small yet growing trend of mega navigation menus, which expand to hold large blocks of content and links. To top it off we are starting to see more clients ask for this type of navigation on their sites.
What we are calling mega navigation is most common on websites that publish lots of unique content in high volumes. Online magazines or web forums immediately come to mind. It does take up a bit of space on the page, but it also gives readers a broader set of options to navigate your site.
We stumbled onto a related article on Smashing Magazine, which speaks to navigation menus for mega-sites.
The concepts are similar and the examples provided might be a good starting point for anyone interested in exploring this trend.
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Social Incite Team