Accessible navigation guides users through the flow of information in the UI and helps them complete their tasks, boosting your UX and driving up your web/mobile conversion. Likewise, if a user can’t find their way around your site or app, that site/app is useless to them — poor navigation design makes for poor UX and causes users to drop off the conversion funnel. It’s no surprise then that poorly designed/neglected UI navigation can have a disastrous impact on your bottom line.

Let’s take a look at 5 common UI patterns.

Dropdown Menu For Smooth Website Navigation Design

A dropdown menu is an expandable UI navigation with several values that the user can select and, from there, be taken to another area of the website. The dropdown is a website navigation design that transport users to a new location in a website and command menus that execute an action based on the last option selected.

The Sliding Hamburger Mobile Menu

The sliding hamburger menu, or slide menu, is a common Android and iOS mobile menu for displaying multiple links. In its ‘resting’ position, the slide menu is hidden from the screen. By triggering a hamburger icon, the user can access uncovered navigation links.

Fixed Position Menu Web UI Pattern

The fixed position menu, or sticky menu, is a web UI pattern whereby the header area (menu, website title and logo) remains visible as you scroll down, and the page’s content flows beneath it. Sticky headers have become a web UI pattern standard.

Custom Mega Menu For Web Navigation

The mega menu is an expandable, multilevel menu for navigating websites. It has two-dimensional panels that are divided into groups of navigation options (tabs) and all links within each tab are available at once — so there is no scrolling involved. Users click or hover over a tab to view the links it contains.

Card Grid For Responsive Navigation

The grid is a navigation pattern used both in web and mobile navigation. The grid contains a set of images divided into blocks that are expandable and collapsible. It is another highly visual structure that allows you to group relevant elements together and visualize themes and UX flows.