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Navigation is an essential element of websites, and this week’s featured designs have the responsive, clever kind that indicate which part of the page you’re currently at. Check out how these responsive navigation markers were integrated below.

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Jorge Rigabert's website

Jorge Rigabert

The bright hues repeat in different sets of categories across the page, including the color scheme of each section, which in turn changes the fixed navigation to the left as you scroll along. Everything looks bright, crisp, and snappy with the mix of ribbons, colors, and illustrations.

Boulder Digital Works Class 3 website

Boulder Digital Works Class 3

The row of people in the footer is actually the navigation itself, which is clever. Then each person in that row actually designed the slide he/she is on. It’s a little chaotic at times and sometimes the transition from black and white to color on the navigation is drowned out but it’s you end up on a screen that’s just as clear as where you first started.

Authentic Jobs charity: water Campaign 2011 website

Authentic Jobs charity: water Campaign 2011

Instead of literal navigation this page uses a symbolic indicator of the projected amount of funds raised for the charity. The parallax design combines illustrations, photos, and abstract backgrounds to distinguish one slide from the next, all while a pipe runs through the “underground” background.

Collaborative Fund website

Collaborative Fund

There’s a running hexagon shape theme in this design, from the logo to the header background to the hover indicators. The marker on the right side is wonderfully done, especially the cut-out space for the label, much like a an automotive dial. I wish the menu items used anchor links instead of pure JavaScript though.

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  1. By uxzeal posted on June 29, 2012 at 7:01 am
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    Good listings

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