Our Favorite Sites

We are going to share our favorite sites/projects with each other for the June 2012 meeting. This isn't just an exercise in fun. We will discuss what we like (and perhaps dislike) about the sites' design and technological features and the type of information they provide. Like an Escher painting, the goal is to come away with seeing things differently.

This post of URLs will remain here after the meeting so anyone can access them.

Here is what you do:

  1. Fill out the below Add Your Comment form
  2. In the comment box, type in your URLs with a line or 2 (or more if you want) letting us know what you like about it.
  3. To make sure your URLs are clickable, use one of the following formats:
    • NOT
  4. We will then talk about as many as we can get to.
  5. If you attend the meeting, you can be part of the discussion. If not, we will still have the URL to see later or maybe at the meeting.
  6. If you think you have the most incredible site to see, write something in caps (like: OMG!) so we can be sure to go there.

The sites/projects you like can be based on any criteria. These could be:

  • User interface
  • Overall design
  • Sites with great, clear content
  • Sites you can easily learn from
  • Great features such as jQuery, Flash (yes, some still do exist and are liked), other animation, drippingly cool images (to feed our senses)
  • Knock-down funny
  • Sites you spend a lot of time on because... (please, no X rated or violent)
  • Kid friendly
  • Non profits really getting their messages across
  • Marketing brilliance
  • Sites so disastrously bad they are good

In the meantime, here are a few sites I like:
1. diller scofidio + renfro:
Yes, it is Flash but it is really something. They are a sort of rogue architectural firm who has designed amazing buildings all over the world.

  • On the site, scroll toward the back of the popped up images.
  • In the bottom left corner, you can change the view to text (Index).
  • In either the Photo or Index view, click on one of the categories at the top (art, commercial, etc.) and see what happens.
  • Click on any one image or text group and it zooms in.

Can this be done in jQuery/JavaScript?
If you want to find out more about these folks, you can see an great interview with them by Charlie Rose at:

2. All My Faves:
It's great to have a bunch of sites so easily categorized and shown by their logos. I often use this page to find one of these businesses.

They have Weekly Faves at the top which are sites you may never have heard of but are unique in some way, ones they feel should be highlighted or a new idea.

You can also customize/manage your own faves, see a full page in one category (like Travel) or submit your own faves. FAQs has good explanations of the site.

3. TED
Great site if you want to be exposed to amazing ideas in just a few minutes. I like the way the thumbnails popup to show more about that talk.

By the way, here is one I watched the other day that was great: Michael Norton: How to buy happiness

4. For my news, I visit several times a day the following sites:
Rachel Maddow Show
All other MSNBC shows (Lawrence O'Donnell, Andrea Mitchell, etc.)
Their site format lets me see short bits (10-20 min.), well written news items throughout the day. I have even watched the videos on my iPodTouch.

Need some help finding sites? Go to:
The Webby Awards: Webby Awards winners
Scroll down lick on any year or category (Websites, Interactive Advertising...). Then scroll down for listings.

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Parallax Amazingness

From: Ben Klocek, 05/16/12 - Incredible parallax site. Notice the lazy loading of images and resources means very little waiting on load. Excellent job by More soon.

What are the secrets of these mainstream powerhouses?

From: Anet Dunne, 05/16/12 Fashionable grey and white, drop-down search that really helps you find what you want. World-class upsell techniques (your friends also bought...) to increase order size. They always get me to click through -- what is their secret?

Websites I like

From: Mark Foote, 06/06/12

Hi, Janet, Sitepoint's "Design Showcase" newsletter today has sites that use scrolling as part of the design, and I thought maybe one or two examples of this might be of interest to people. The first site is Boulder Digital Works, and it's a collection of people: A second example would be Ben the Body Guard, just for fun: More sites from the article here: And, ok, as a personal favorite, StrongBad's email from the Hope to see you there, and thanks for collecting for us all; Mark

In-line Shopping Cart

From: Steven Kelez, 06/07/12 and Allen. I have always been annoyed with clicking through to shopping cart pages so I built one that follows the potential customer from page to page. I would be interested in the group's feedback and also if anyone has seen this done elsewhere.

In-line Shopping Cart - Take 2

From: Steven Kelez, 06/10/12

I goofed on the link from my previous post. This is the correct url: