Striking Backgrounds & Imagery
Say goodbye to boring grey/blue...
J Lo's Official Website
Scroll to zoom you through website images, with popups coming at you from all directions. I think it is still too early to tell if this is a design trend that will catch on for professional service firms, but I can see it being very cool for retail, tourism, and social networking apps.
360 Langstrasse Zurich lets you stroll by scrolling (a web documentary about an urban district in Switzerland)
Nike's Better World vertical scroll effects
Thinkforaliving horizontal scroll effects
Animations and 3D Views
Fun depth perception and overlap effects.
Jumpman23 History of Flight
ctrl+N Graphic Design
|Ethan Marcotte's book|
I point to the following sites for anyone new to the concept of responsive design, but am sure there are loads of other great examples:
The Boston Globe
And a site layout that I find...well, not so swell.
While I like the simple "Ogilvy" b&w flash opener, I am stunned by the noise of their home page. My eyes get all crazygonuts, and I can't close the tab fast enough. And, if I am able to focus long enough to click on the bottom banner reading "1203 more items," I am then treated to another page of line after line of plain text. At least this time it is all one color. I don't pretend to understand the thinking behind this treatment.