Using dropdowns in web design has been a longstanding debate in web usability.  I am not here to argue for or against them (however the links at the bottom will). As most things in design there is a time and place for everything and there are always exceptions to the rules. Instead I am here to talk about mega dropdowns or mega menus.

Mega dropdowns began surfacing in the web a couple years ago. In a nutshell, a mega dropdown is a dropdown menu that’s fully visible and structured using design elements such as typography, layout or icons. They provide the user with more information than a typical dropdown thus making their selection easier (which is what it’s all about!).

Benefits of mega dropdowns include:

Here is a list of some of my faves!

Visit Philly

npr

Boxee

hulu

Reuters

Burton

Porshe

Adidas

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  • We’ve been using these for almost a year, really a great tool to provide a clear and organized presentation to ‘where do you want to go?’ question