Websites that don’t look like blogs

These three sites I programmed since my “bored with blogs” post:

All three are pretty light on content, which gave the designer more freedom, and all three clients pretty much gave the designer free rein. They’re very different. Teton Valley Foundation is clean and bold. Le Grindoux is just beautiful, though the layered transparency caused the page sizes to get a little out of hand. Spanish Peaks Cycling is my favorite because it is light and airy, and a departure from most of what I see on the web.

Bored with blogs

I am bored with blogs. No, not your funny, informative posts or photos of your latest adventure or your favorite four-legged family member. I love those!!

I am bored with how blogs look. I don’t mind a blog looking like a blog, but I am bored with non-blogs looking like blogs … or worse organizations dumping all their content into a blog CMS.

What’s really different out there? I don’t mean artist/designer/media sites or hosted Flash movies ad nauseam that break normal browser functionality. Are there any sites out there with real content, a clear navigation scheme, and good spider-ability that make you say “Wow!” and more importantly, give you a sense of relief from the visual monotony of the web?

I’ve spent the last two hours searching in the usual places; Webby Awards, cool sites of the day, Best Web Gallery, Adobe Showcase. I am giving up on finding web design nirvana there. Give me some inspiration. What are your favorite sites?