I think there are several

I think there are several stages of web design. The first one is the text and pictures, slap it all up, doesn’t matter what it’s there for school. I did this stage on NCSA Mosiac back in 1993 / 1994. The second stage is very very pretty, but kind of pointless – it’s pure fluff with little sense of information structure. The third stage is very dry and professional but works effectively and clearly. I think I’m just at the third stage now – I think barbelith is my example of clean, clear and slightly dull design. The next stage, I think, is the combination of good structure and clarity with beautiful design – and I think that (although I don’t really approve of the heavy download times) halfproject may be the place to go… Particularly check out the ‘projects’ section.