David Walczyck's Pratt Institute Information Architecture & Interaction Design class, which is using Radical Reference as its web redesign client this semester has requested that we provide them a list of sites that we admire--not necessarily library related sites--for their design, interaction, or community aspects.
Please list yours here, with annotations if possible--either in this post or as a comment:
- Ask MetaFilter
I love the speed with which they answer questions, the simplicity of their site, and participants' investment in the communtity.
- The ALA Conference wiki that Meredith Farkas made in 2005
I'm not sure it's still online. Again, it was the community's investment in it that I admire. Tons of people were on it--not only adding content, but blocking spam.
- pbworks wiki
For the work of one of the local collectives--for collaboration.
- Stack Overflow
I like how you see very quickly how many answers there are to each question (the numbers on the left) and that you can see each question separately well. Overall, my personal aesthetic preference is toward more minimalism--Alycia
- I also like the site Transportation Alternatives overall.
- From a design perspective, I like DiveIntoHtml5.org. It's easy to read and I find the navigation intuitive. This may be because the navigation mimics a book's table of contents - call me old-fashioned, but it's a format many folks are comfortable with.
- In general, I like Mendeley's Support & Feedback site (run by UserVoice), with one major caveat: 'unpopular' items get buried. IMO, visibility of questions is key for RadRef.
I like the clear design, the top navigation of primary category links with the number of articles for each. Actually I'm not totally crazy about the four columns on the home page, but I think they handle presenting a multitude of content types better than anyone else I've noticed. I don't think having the primary categories at the top and the right is useful, though.
I like the overall design of this site, and the render on the fly capability it has.
an interactive/community forum site
good site design - simple and visually appealing