What was the reasoning behind the main navigation to not shrink down with the rest of the page? At smaller sizes, it shows a horizontal scroll bar, and a fixed arrow image appears on the right (which doesn't function as a 'scroll to the right' button)- instead it echoes the same meaning as the horizontal scroll bar that theres more to see, and obscures the last item in the nav ('Contact'). I feel like there's a disconnect between the RWD of the content and the non-RWD approach towards the navigation.
I certainly can't speak for the whole team, but I think our general reasoning was that it made it more accessible. Shrinking it down isn't an option, because we have too many to fit horizontally at a reasonable size. Changing it to one of those pancake stack icons and requiring two clicks was something we weren't super into. Changing it to a vertical stack without a pancake icon feels a little too hefty on the vertical space front for a header. Although we are aware that it's sort of a different UI pattern, we were hoping that people would pick it up.
I suppose what one considers a reasonable size can be subjective (as long as it's big enough to comfortably tap on mobile?), but I think it could have been possible to shrink your horizontal nav items. For example, http://skinnyties.com/ has 10 different items in its nav, but they scale the font-size down and replace a few links with icons. Carrot's got 8 items, and while your font-size doesn't scale down, your 'Contact' link changes from a graphic at larger sizes to a text-link on mobile, curiously enough.
Anyhow, I'm glad to hear your thinking behind why you nixed different mobile nav solutions. It's definitely a challenge to create a great responsive menu, and I'm sure future redesigns will only continue to improve with more trial-and-error experiences.
You guys did a brilliant job. Is there some way to change your pointer to make it clearer that you can drag that top hero gallery?
We recently gutted and redesigned our company's website from the ground up. A lot of development and design effort went into the process. Would love to hear any and all comments/feedback you may have.