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Whether it's the hamburger menu or the menu bar, navigation should be consistent throughout your system. This features throughout most accessibility guidelines, is good for SEO, and is just generally good practice.


A dashboard is a very different UI than an application, so there is an argument that the navigation can be different. For example, the features are different, the purpose and goals are different, so what works for one might not work for the other. Consistency comes with advantages, so as a general rule of thumb the consistency argument should trump ...


To start with I recommend you use colour combinations with high levels of contrast. You can also play with the alpha opacity (CSS3) to distinguish between hierarchy with the more opaque element being the most prominent. Primary: background-color: rgba(203, 244, 203, 1); Secondary: background-color: rgba(203, ...

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