There’s currently a competition to redesign Project Gutenberg, a wonderfully useful but somewhat dated-looking site. The were posted on Friday, and while some of them are very good, others are not so. Below are my top 5 favourites, based on appearance, how much scrolling is needed to get the information (generally the less, the better) and how much the core functions of the site stand out. These 5 all manage these with a reasonable degree of success, but others were hopelessly over-designed, or made no real improvement over what is already there.
These all show what can be acheived with standards-compliant HTML code and CSS. There are some very talented people out there, and I hope one of these designs is picked.