Navigation is a critical element of responsive design. This is because, the measure of how useful a responsive website design is, is to a large extent by the ease of transition between mobile and desktop layouts.
Effective responsive navigation would require smooth resizing to lower resolutions and then upsizing to larger screens such as those of desktops.
What kind of navigation is useful for responsive designs?
There are different trends and techniques in the management of navigation in websites.
Minimalist approach to navigation
This approach to navigation is considered to be minimalist as there is minimum work done on the navigation so as to ensure a smooth, clean, switch. The switch in navigation is not abrupt; rather delicately done as the screen size undergoes changes. Hence, the approach is such that the minimum kind of reworking of navigation elements is done to bring about maximum, elegant and subtle effects. The navigation links are sized and kept to a minimum, and fitted nicely into the page. This approach can be used for websites which want to keep focus on elegant and simplicity and are choosing to promote some select features. For example the website CrossTrees shows very simple navigation menu, focussing on essentials and keeping the