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Cool well designed sites-bike related or not(12 posts)

Cool well designed sites-bike related or nottuffnick
Feb 7, 2002 10:21 AM
As I mentioned in my previous post I have a website company volunteering to do the design work on a page to help me market myself and my team and I was wondering if anyone knows of any cool well designed sites I can use as a starting point for the design of my site. An example I can think of is something like www.carbonlord.com. It can be flash enabled and use shockwave and all of that stuff if it needs to in order to give it some more graphic punch.
Thanks,
Nick
Do your own research (nm)Fool poster
Feb 7, 2002 10:34 AM
Ummm...tuffnick
Feb 7, 2002 1:25 PM
I have done my own research but is it so wrong to ask people what a nice site is? For example the fish site listed below has a nice look to it... I'm not a fisher so would I ever go to it otherwise? So please... in the future mind your own business if you aren't gonna write a post that will help someone.
Some of my personal favorites...Cima Coppi
Feb 7, 2002 10:40 AM
http://www.campagnolo.com/

http://www.clarionmultimedia.com/

http://www.nikonusa.com/

http://www.simmsfishing.com/

CC
I almost forgot the best designed website on the internet...Cima Coppi
Feb 7, 2002 11:02 AM
http://www.google.com/

CC
IMHO it's the best website on the net(nm)Dave Hickey
Feb 7, 2002 11:26 AM
Content over form is the rule, but learn from the best & worstTig
Feb 7, 2002 11:17 AM
Flashy graphics are useless if there is no interesting or informative content. Easy navigation is a must. Keep it simple, yet not boring. Avoid mistakes like flashing "Click Here" buttons. For several lessons on what to avoid in web design, go to http://www.websitesthatsuck.com/
Actually, this oneMcAndrus
Feb 7, 2002 11:35 AM
Personally, I think RoadBikeReview has one of the best designs going. Easy to navigate, nice simple graphics, uncluttered screens.

(Gregg - do I get any freebies for pimping this site?)
Seconds on this one...DINOSAUR
Feb 7, 2002 2:54 PM
This is the best cycling site I've found. VeloNews might be for more hard core roadie types, but the threads disappear sometimes within a day is there is a lot of traffic.

Best of all it's free!
Try this one . . .morrison
Feb 7, 2002 1:51 PM
http://www.findlaw.com

This site is extremely well organized. Of course, it doesn't have graphics, but I like the way the topics are laid out, and it is extremely easy to use. Also, it is chock full of internal links so you can navigate through the site easily.

I think the key to a good site is lots of information, and ease of use. Neat graphics, etc., are nice, but they can't carry a site alone. You have to have content. You ought to consider consulting w/ a marketing professional in your design. This is different than a web designer. You want to be able to appeal to your target audience, and a professional marketer probably will be able to give you some good ideas.

Lots of luck
the worst.....johan burnt eels
Feb 7, 2002 3:16 PM
almost all the italian bike manufacturer sites. their opening pages/banners are terrible.

do the italians not allow themselves to build a site without overdoing the use of flash or animation or is macromedia an italian pastime.

i have a fast internet connection yet even i am so bored with what finally comes after they load. apart from the occasional use of nudity (pinarello) it mostly is unnecessary and tedious.

the content, links, logic, layout all suck. their page sizing is universally wrong on any computer, monitor and resolution setting i have used.

here is a small sample of italian bike web sites from around and near the region of Vicenza
http://www.zetanoveti.com/VenetoBikeStuff.html

my ideal best sight would be somewhere between this site and google. yes i hate ads.

and cycling news has got to be one of the best examples of ugly site/great content.
http://www.cyclingnews.com/

and my favorite use of flash..... :-)
(perhaps controversial but at least its not porn)

http://mao.mao.be/mao_animatie/games/binladenliquors_ol10.swf

maybe we should send america's most tedious tv ad to the italians out of spite....dude...your gettin' a dell

'nuff said
the worst.....Michael Khaw
Feb 8, 2002 3:32 PM
I think a lot of Italian businesses simply have no clue about the Internet and hire some company to put their website together for them with little guidance on what the result ought to be. And just who are these web design companies? In some cases I wouldn't be surprised if Luigi hired Gino because Gino is his sister-in-law's hairdresser's daughter's boyfriend who comes highly recommended, or something along those lines. Many of these so-called web designers are evidently more interested in showing off how many bells and whistles they can feature with Flash than communicating their client's identity and being otherwise informative to visitors to the website.

I don't think sending them our worst TV ads will make an impression. They have plenty of their own dreck, not to mention the same cheesy infomercials or worse. Heck, their national network news programs even feature horoscopes and are more like our tabloid programs than serious news!