Responsive Navigation Menu

Design and implement a responsive navigation menu for a SaaS app.

3-5 hours

About This Project


Your task is to design and implement a responsive navigation menu for the Buggsy bug tracking SaaS application. It should be visually appealing, user-friendly, and adaptable to any deviceā€”desktop, tablet, or mobile.

You may use any tools you wish in order to build the frontend. Try to get your design to look as close to the provided designs as possible.

Our focus in this application is to practice responsive design, link states, and toggling display for a real world menu.


  • Develop a Responsive Navigation Menu: Utilize HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to create a navigation menu that adjusts gracefully across different devices and screen sizes.
  • Enhance User Interaction: Implement hover and focus states for the menu links to provide visual feedback to users, enhancing usability and the overall user experience.
  • Practice Accessibility: Ensure that the navigation menu is accessible, with keyboard navigability and screen reader support.

User Stories

  1. Easy Navigation: As a user, I want to easily navigate to different sections of the Buggsy application, such as Home, Tickets, New Ticket, Reports, and Login, so I can quickly find what I'm looking for.
  2. Responsive Interface: As a user, I expect the navigation menu to adapt to the device I'm using, whether it's a desktop, tablet, or smartphone, ensuring a consistent experience across devices.
  3. Interactive Feedback: As a user, I want to receive visual feedback when I hover over or focus on a navigation link, helping me understand that it's clickable.

Acceptance Criteria

  • Link States: Each navigation link must have distinct hover and focus states, utilizing CSS to modify colors, backgrounds, or other properties to indicate interactivity.
  • Mobile-Friendly Design: Implement a mobile-responsive design, ensuring the navigation menu is usable and visually appealing on smaller screens. Use the provided "hamburger" menu icon as a link to expand the menu into a vertical navigation menu on mobile devices, and switch the link to a "close" menu icon while open.
  • Accessibility: Ensure the navigation menu is accessible, with proper semantic HTML elements, ARIA attributes where necessary, and keyboard navigability.

Stretch Goals

To go above and beyond, consider adding one or more of the following features:

  • Active Link Indication: Dynamically indicate which page or section the user is currently viewing by styling the active navigation link.
  • Animation: Add subtle animations to the navigation menu transitions, enhancing the visual appeal and user interaction.
  • Responsive Transitions: Experiment with different responsive menu styles for various screen sizes, such as a sidebar menu for tablets and a full-width header menu for desktops.
  • Routing: To gain more experience with a JavaScript framework like React or Vue, considering implementing routing for the Home, Tickets, New Ticket, Reports, and Login links.

Starter Materials

To help you get started, you're equipped with the following assets:

  • Project Images: Necessary image files, including Buggsy's logo and icons, are provided. The files are in svg format to improve performance.
  • Style Guide: A comprehensive guide provided by Buggsy, detailing color schemes, fonts, and other design elements to align your navigation menu with the brand's aesthetic.
  • Preview Images: Visual benchmarks to guide your design to completion.
  • Figma File: Leverage design files in Figma as a blueprint for your development efforts.

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  • Detailed User Stories
  • Figma Design File
  • Image files of the target layout
  • Starter Code and README file

Skills Practiced

  • Frontend Development: Strengthen your command of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, focusing on responsive design principles and CSS transitions for interactive states.
  • UX/UI Design: Apply UX/UI principles to create a navigation menu that is both functional and visually engaging, improving the overall user experience. And refine your ability to build a pixel-perfect frontend from a given design spec and mockup.
  • Accessibility: Gain experience in making web components accessible, ensuring compliance with web accessibility standards.
  • Version Control: Use Git for version control, documenting your development process and changes.


Why should I build this project instead of one from scratch?

In a professional context, you're rarely starting from scratch. Curricular Projects are designed to give you a constrained real world problem so you can focus on practicing the essential skills you'll use as a professional developer, and to surface specific areas to continue studying.

Can I get help if I'm stuck on a project?

Our projects are designed to be a real world assessment of your skills, like the take home assignment during a job interview. Getting yourself unstuck is part of the skills measured. As a result, we offer very little help and direction.

However, if you encounter issues with the setup, or if you find something isn't working right that should be working, you can contact us at and we'll help you out.

Do you provide official solutions to projects?

We do not provide official solutions to projects. There are many ways to solve each of our projects. Coding is a journey, so our goal isn't for you to get the "right answer." Instead, our projects are about you flexing your skills to arrive at a solution, practicing talking about your code, and giving you helpful feedback on ways to improve.

Can I get feedback on my work?

Currently, we only provide feedback on capstone projects, through our Code Review service.

The Code Review is a premium service available as an add-on purchase, combining an in-depth review of your code and a practice interview. If your project passes the review and meets all specifications, you'll receive a certificate of completion.

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