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    Web masterpieces?

    Would you share your best work or the best work of others on web design? Why does it work design wise? How about the code? What makes it a great website and what can we learn about it?

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    Now, that's a terrific question! I can't though. I'm a freelancer and my sites are not really mine, but for another company who wouldn't like to discover to the world that I'm not part of their staff

    Not that they're all that special anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by molona View Post
    Now, that's a terrific question! I can't though. I'm a freelancer and my sites are not really mine, but for another company who wouldn't like to discover to the world that I'm not part of their staff

    Not that they're all that special anyway.
    Okay come one, share them with us!

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    My best HTML/CSS/SEO/Internet Marketing site is my latest homepage [snip]

    It's my best because the coding is efficient and clean (I think) and I spent a long time planning out my keywords and then created the structure of my site around those keywords. I also segmented my content in such a way that I think is very search engine friendly and thus helps me generate more business.
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    http://www.activision.com/ I really like their design.

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    ***NOTE TO ALL MEMBERS***
    Please DO NOT turn this into an advertising thread full of self promotional links. AnotherDesigner has asked a great question and I would like to keep this thread clean,
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    One of my favourite sites will have to be Jason Santa Maria's website.

    I love the art direction. Love the rich typography. I like that every article has a different design.

    Another favourite of mine is Khoi Vin's personal journal for pretty much the same reasons as above. Great typography, splendid grid, very good content.

    Carsonified. Just.Sexy.

    Colly. Innovative, simple, beautiful. I admit, however, that I'm slightly irritated by the amount of narcicissm, particularly the genius reference which doesn't work for me. The design is masterful though and I love it.

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    I'm still not over http://ma.tt... just an incredible design on this blog (also the creator of wordpress)

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    http://www.madebysofa.com/ <<< Amazingly clever design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexDawson View Post
    http://www.madebysofa.com/ <<< Amazingly clever design.
    I like the quick loading minimalistic front page and how it loads hidden parts in the background which are revealed instantly on clicking the relevant link. Cunning, very cunning and food for thought on my sites.




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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexDawson View Post
    http://www.madebysofa.com/ <<< Amazingly clever design.
    It's a beautiful site. The work is extraordinary. The site is completely unusable without JS, however.
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    These are fantastic web masterpieces! Keep them coming folks! I'll learn a lot from this and come up to speed as a designer, I hope.

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    I like http://www.markhowe.co.uk/ - so clean and bright.
    Do something different. www.thecareerbreaksite.com.

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    I really, really like most/all of the stuff Halo media does. Usually film sites. Their Persepolis site I think is very well done. And the fact that it's 3 years old is even more amazing!

    Great sites are just magic I think, who knows why? Trying to emulate perfection will just serve to distract from your own masterpiece! Just use them to collect patches for your own "craftwork" quilt.

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    I like this one I think, http://thelogocompany.net/ , because of the bright, happy blueness (and the fact that it looks like it was designed by a 2nd grader, but still looks professional).

    And this site: http://www.glueguncrafts.com/ because of the textures. It's for a craft site, so the designers had a field day it looks like. I love that one.

    If I come up with any more, I'll post them

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    I like this website's use of Flash. I no there might not be many flash fans here. But I like it just the same.
    http://www.basilsoda.com/

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    Here is a site I built in Flex & Actionscript 3: <snip>link removed</snip>

    It is very graphics heavy and slow to load. Be patient, with some connections it can take up to a full minute to load. The slowness prompted the client to ask me for a rebuild in HTML, CSS & JavaScript (on the same day SitePoint offered the first JavaScript Live course). A good thing too because I hadn't written any original JavaScript before.

    SitePoint's JS Live gave me the tools I needed to provide a JS solution. I know my code could be optimized much more than it is. But I wrote this code after just one week of finishing the JS Live course. It took me that full week to understand the material well enough to apply it to a real world project. Still that is not bad for $9.95!

    So here is the HTML, CSS & JS version: <snip>link removed</snip>
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    ***REMINDER: This thread is not for self-promotion so please don't link to your sites unless they trully offer something new and something we can learn from... Be aware that I will remove any link if I think that the page doesn't have a minimum to be on this list. I insist. THE ONLY WAY THAT I WOULD LET YOU LINK TO YOUR OWN SITE IS BECAUSE IS AN EXAMPLE OF BEAUTY, ORIGINALITY AND GOOD CODING PRACTICES. ***

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    It has to be the BBC's iPlayer. Great design, and their use of peer-to-peer technology to distribute video in web pages is amazing.
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    I don't think any professional web designer would consider a 100&#37; Flash powered website a good example of anything other than "artistic design", especially with the problems that have been highlighted by Apple's choice to refuse Flash on iPod, iPhone and iPad alike. Though I do appreciate appropriate use of Flash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexDawson View Post
    I don't think any professional web designer would consider a 100&#37; Flash powered website a good example of anything other than "artistic design", especially with the problems that have been highlighted by Apple's choice to refuse Flash on iPod, iPhone and iPad alike. Though I do appreciate appropriate use of Flash.
    Agreed there, but I think they'll be one of the first to use H.264 when it becomes standard. Then it would be awesome

    I'm looking forward to it to. Beats trying to give users a player specific for their machine or making them choose a player like I do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexDawson View Post
    I don't think any professional web designer would consider a 100% Flash powered website a good example of anything other than "artistic design", especially with the problems that have been highlighted by Apple's choice to refuse Flash on iPod, iPhone and iPad alike. Though I do appreciate appropriate use of Flash.
    You would have to be pretty naive to think "performance" is the reason why Apple decided not to allow Flash on their products.

    Ask anyone who does scripts for a living - AS, JS canvas, or otherwise. The only common consensus I've seen among them is (when doing the same tasks on both platforms):

    1) Canvass CPU requirements >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Flash CPU requirements
    2) Canvass browser compatibility <<<<<< Flash browser compatibility (iecanvass fix is POOR. Try running processing.js on it if you dare)
    3) Jobs is lying through his teeth.

    HTML5 video is still very rough as well.


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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexDawson View Post
    I don't think any professional web designer would consider a 100% Flash powered website a good example of anything other than "artistic design", especially with the problems that have been highlighted by Apple's choice to refuse Flash on iPod, iPhone and iPad alike. Though I do appreciate appropriate use of Flash.
    *narf* So of course on that note I offer an all Flash site. *sigh* I would never recommend an all flash site for the exact reasons that Alex talks about.

    However, I find the Flash animation understated and elegant while the design is and artistry are quite simply breath-taking. I love this site. Its from a Toronto designer, and has only four pages. Yet while thematically related, each is a completely original design. It includes full audio, though I think you can better appreciate the gorgeous sound design with the music turned off.

    http://www.ndesign-studio.com/flash/

    I also believe that it could be executed quite appropriately using XHTML, CSS, and Javascript (especially with a little jQuery) and that would provide both accessibility and non-animated fallback positions for older browsers, nor would it require a Flash plugin. It would probably be a much larger pain in the ass to execute, but definitely better practice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chroniclemaster1 View Post
    Love the design

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexDawson View Post
    I don't think any professional web designer would consider a 100% Flash powered website a good example of anything other than "artistic design", especially with the problems that have been highlighted by Apple's choice to refuse Flash on iPod, iPhone and iPad alike. Though I do appreciate appropriate use of Flash.
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