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Menus are such a ubiqutious need for websites they are hard to even talk about as a pattern. They are a million ways to do them, from the simple and mundane to the exotic and interactive. They stand between your users and your content though, so you have to do it right. Let’s have a play at designing a menu this week.

Your challenge this week: take this Pen and style the menu.

How to Participate

Create a Pen and tag it codepenchallenge and cpc-menus. We’ll be watching and sharing the best stuff on our blog, Twitter, and Instagram (Use the #CodePenChallenge tag on Twitter and Instagram as well).


  • Notice the nested lists in these menus. Which way are you going to take it? Display all the items all the time, or make it interactive with some way to reveal the sub menus?
  • Menus these days have the unique challenge of needing to accomodate both huge and tiny screens. Can you make this menu work both ways?
  • The unstyled Pen is incredibly boring as-is. Is there some way to make it even more boring?


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