Drop Down Menus
1st edition — by Patrick McNeil — Nov. 20, 2007
The Design Element
When it comes to site navigation there are serveral standard methods that have become widely accepted. One of these is the drop down menu. As with all standard elements designers have found various ways to mash this tool into a wide assortment of design variations. This sample set deals with a rather small set of sites but hopefully will set the ground work for what can be a diverse set as it grows. As always, with more editions of this topic we will see a much broader set of samples.
Another really cool feature of this chapter is that it includes my first ever screencast. I recently mentioned there were things I always wanted to do on the site, and this is most definetly one of them. The notion of capturing snapshots of design is evedient in the screenshots, but I always thought video captures of elements which can't be effectivly represented by static images would be a wonderful extension of this. So below is my first screencast which can serve as a time capsule of drop down menu styles. I really like the idea of Design Meltdown being an archive, which is why I don't update old posts with new images or by removing links. I want the site to be a permanent archive. Frankly this is not the most interesting subject matter for a screen cast, but I wanted to approach the technique with a rather simple topic.
So, sit back, enjoy the screencast, and please let me know what you think!
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Ultimate Drop Down Menu by Brothercake (my personal favorite)