Tiny But Powerful: The Hamburger Button is a Fresh Trend in Website Design

The approach of taking from sight the main navigation menu, at first, sounds frightening and totally unjustified; although to be honest, initially, lots of things inherent to minimalistic solutions sound a bit strange, however in practice, everything occurs to be completely different and the concept of “less is more” perfectly works and pays off.

The “Hamburger” button, an object that is formed with 3 short solid stripes arranged one behind the other with clear gutters is a characteristic example of that. Being extremely popular among web designers recently, it has managed to combine functionality, beauty, and thriftiness together, providing artists with an effective and powerful instrument that can be easily and seamlessly incorporated into almost any design.

Today we have drawn up a collection of fresh website designs that are marked by “hamburger” buttons in order to clearly demonstrate this, concentrating our attention not only on the design aspect but also on its interactive factor that accompanies each such button.

Menu Buttons in Web Design

Michael Villeneuve

Here, the “hamburger” button breathes an air of subtlety into the project and adds a nice flair of interactivity thanks to a small accompanying animation. Being carefully executed in the same style as the other graphics, it ideally blends with the environment.

Michael Villeneuve

Voisins

The home page heavily relies on visual impact produced from full-screen video-based canvases bolstered by magnificent sharp typography. Though each section is a short video, thanks to the blackout technique and striking contrast between copy and backdrop, the readability does not suffer at all. The menu button elegantly reveals links that are distinguishable.

Voisins

Tonda

Tonda is marked by some artistic appeal. Hand-written font in tandem with small drawings generate a really strong effect. The “hamburger” button instantly strikes the eye with its red background.

Tonda

Rynapse

The “hamburger” button that is placed in the upper right corner serves as a perfect finishing touch. It elegantly echoes with the sleek geometric typography and goes perfectly well with the dynamic grayish backdrop. After being activated, the main menu takes up the whole screen, despite including only 7 items.

Rynapse

Born Group

Unlike the previous example, here an activated menu does not distract attention from the eye-catching video background; it simply shows choices in one line, occupying only a narrow strip in the upper part of the site. Several pleasant effects also accompany the emergence of the menu.

Born Group

TVSmiles

TVSmiles makes use of a standard slide-out menu that is hidden under a tiny “hamburger” button. An extra panel meets the main design line and nicely complements the front page.

TVSmiles

Aaltra

The website features a small yet subtle drop-down menu, which stands in a sharp contrast to the main page. The appearance of the navigation is supported by a tiny effect that makes it look visually-pleasing.

Aaltra

Fabio Zanconato

The artist also prefers not to divert attention from its charismatic “welcome” section and leverages a semi-transparent relatively wide panel for displaying the navigation menu. The subtle “hamburger” button wonderfully interacts with the rest of the graphics.

Fabio Zanconato

Powderbird

Here the team goes for building an ideal balance between multimedia content and essential elements such as navigation. Thus, the latter is placed on a bright, contrasting, solid color canvas, on which the ordinary white type just shines.

Powderbird

Chickenbot

Here the activated navigation lets you feel the beauty of radiant color and flat style. Taking up the whole screen and being provided with animated highlights and complementary illustration, it certainly becomes a centerpiece of the page.

Chickenbot

Teye

Teye breaks the mold of the traditional display of navigation by adding a nice 3 dimensional touch. Moreover, the menu is based on a balanced grid-style layout populated with various huge contour icons that immediately catch the eye.

Teye

NutsandWoods

The tiny “hamburger” button placed in the middle makes the home page looks even more elegant, delivering a crisp sense of subtlety. An arrival of the menu is bolstered by a vibrant animation.

NutsandWood

Welspun India

Welspun India has a sterling, feature-rich navigation panel that slides out from the left side when a user hits the “hamburger” button. Being beautifully populated both with text and matching icons it does not allow regular users to get lost.

Welspun India

Mene and Money

Here the “hamburger” button is a bright spot that serves as an unobtrusive focus anchor. The radiant triangular canvas not only makes the button stand out from the black clean background but also shows the direction of the menu appearance.

Mene and Money

Davvero

Much like the previous example, it becomes instantly obvious that the menu will emerge from the top-left angle; the truncated shape of the button’s canvas clearly indicates that. Such a solution ideally reinforces the geometry vibe present on the site and complements the polygonal illustration.

Davvero

Taste Austria

Taste Austria features a seamless navigation menu that is linked to a “hamburger” button. Though the menu appears quite abruptly, fantastic hand-drawn icons and a contour style block brings about a salutary effect.

Taste Austria

Logikstudio

The complete visual experience is brought to the website with the addition of a sophisticated navigation menu that is designed to shed light on the portfolio pieces. It occupies a good half of the screen and is driven by simple vertical scrolling.

Logikstudio

Dvotion

Here flawlessly executed interactivity that enlivens lots of key objects and certainly enriches the user experience, bringing radiance and sophistication to the project. The “hamburger” button is also equipped with such an amazing 3d effect.

Dvotion

Webgriffe

Smoothly sliding out from the top of the website, the navigation takes up the whole screen thereby providing users not only with a list of menu items but also with a set of social media links and a bright, eye-catching call-to-action panel.

Webgriffe

Kinderopvang Stap Voor Stap

Here, utilization of tiny “hamburger” button is a great way of killing two birds with one stone. Thus, originally, it does not divert attention from the artistic, fully illustrated surroundings, and at the same time, displays an appropriate menu with colorful drawings that finish off the whole appearance.

Kinderopvang Stap voor Stap

Conclusion

Small but weighty: a “hamburger” button conceals numerous possibilities that can enormously benefit the whole project. Add to this a quite simple realization and primitive form that allows the component to easily blend with surroundings and you will get a powerful instrument.

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