The reds.com site, of all things, kind of got my mind wandering on this. I have kind of a fascination for pretty or particularly well-designed websites, probably because i have no talent for art or computer so it boggles my mind that people can do both of those things well. And I have a friend who has the most beautiful website that he just redesigned:
I can't imagine how he does this. Scroll over the left side and look what happens to your link options. His old sites were beautiful too, and you can access them by clicking on the window with the "A" on it. The one that says "time-of-day sensitive" really does change looks depending on what time of day you visit. Check out the way the mouse reflects in the mirror, the way things move when you click on links. There is so much going on here and it's just so well-done, I've looked at it for hours before. In his case, he's not even a web designer. He's an artist who just wanted to design his own site and taught himself how (he uses flash, I think, though heck if I know what that means), and he's never done any other websites.
Any web designers here? Did you teach yourself how, and were you artistically- or technically-inclined or both? Any beautiful or fun sites people can recommend?