Website navigation is the most important part of any website. Your site can be wonderfully designed, but if users can’t navigate it or grow frustrated with the structure, your site will loose it’s credibility.
Since every website has a navigation menu it takes some extra attention to design to make a menu stand out while maintaining it’s functionality. Effective menu design has to compliment the purpose and style of the website. If you are designing a very minimal and modern website, consider designing an equally minimal/modern menu to compliment the site’s style. There is a lot of weight resting on the effectiveness and style of the menu, so making it as unique, intuitive and stylish as possible can help the success of the site.
I’ve come across a fair number of interesting menus so here are a few of my favorites. I find it a nice source of inspiration to look at other menus and start backwards, building the site up from there.