I'm in the process of redesigning my site, one of the problem with my old layout is that all my link buttons are graphics, and people had to wait for the graphics to load before they can navigate.

So in the new design, I'll be thinking of fancy, but text links, I was thinking of putting a background image in the table, with colour changing text links on top.

But so far, I've only come up with a list of links (about 6 of them) on the side, which isn't very original.

Do you guys have any ideas that can make six text links look good? In terms of placements, alignment, etc.