M. Seyon wrote: > Design, like art, can be such a subjective thing though. But yet design is > not art, not boundary-less art, at any rate. These sites might look lovely > to some, and hence be wonderful as "pieces of art" but when all the > graphics slow my poor hunk of a computer to a crawl, I wouldn't say they're > particularly well designed. Hehehe. What ticks me off is the refusal to desist of excessively ornate floral motifs, the painful cliche of dark slate blue with border-less, highly spaced text containers (and contrast used exclusively for irritating visuals and never for the text which is illegible), and ultra-cheerful sans over garish colours. A lot of those are excessive exuberance that utterly saturate the senses, and apart from technical accomplishment and the w3c ticks, don't really achieve much. I think the real triumphs are the ones that cleverly combine flash and css as purely visual elements while still retaining solid markup. http://www.booreiland.nl deserves a special prize for that. Ticks all my boxes, including ones I didn't know I had.