Riddle me this: What has words, images, links and videos, is always changing but stays in the same spot?
Answer: A website.
Welcome to the world of Web design. Where everyone seems to either have a website or is a critic of one. I’m more of a critic, which is why I’ve compiled a few of my favorites. Maybe they’ll inspire your own Web creations or maybe not. Either way, it’s good to know what’s out there.
Favorite #1: Piperlime.com
Piperlime not only has great products but this e-commerce site offers one of the best search functions around. Visitors can choose from a variety of search topics, such as price, size, brand, shoe width and color, in handy drop-down menus to quickly find very specific items. Like those hard-to-find carmel leather Frye boots.
The website also includes expert advice; bold, rolling imagery with punchy copy; and excellent navigation tabs, helping users find what they want with very few clicks.
Favorite #2: NPR.com
Maybe it’s the way they organize their homepage content or the creative icons they have for each news section. Whatever it is NPR.com has some of the best functionality and design among major news sites. For one, the homepage smartly balances imagery with story titles. This keeps visitors from feeling overwhelmed by the high number of page options available and the large amount of information commonly found on news sites.
A Twitter feed is also built into each article’s webpage making it easy to see who’s commenting on the piece and what people are saying about it. In addition, the comments feature intuitively enables readers to easily comment, recommend feedback and arrange posts.
Favorite #3: Woot.com
Woot! is the originator of the one day, one deal site. Besides the fact that you can save a lot of dough on some cool tech stuff, this website offers great navigation and integration of social media, including a blog, Twitter feed, weekly videocast and polls. And, a sales snapshot featuring the first deal sucker for that day. In fact, Woot! has its own community with spinoffs like Kids.Woot! and Sellout. Woot! Best of all the description for each daily deal makes typically boring narrative about gigabytes and screen width actually interesting.
There you have it. My Robert-Epert-like take on websites.
Have any killer websites that you think are worth noting? Show some love and post them in the comment box below.