One cold winter days you might find yourself hanging around the web, visiting the same boring sites every day and staring at your screen without any purpose and new inspiration. In that case, it would be the right time to get up and check what the world looks like from outside too (alright, maybe I'm not the right person to give such advice). Or if it's too cold to go out at the moment, you may be interested in these advisory lists providing links to websites that are special in a certain way.
SurfDirections is an advanced list of the best internet website picks to help you find some interesting places in the Internet maze. Individual sites are sorted in several categories ranging from purely informational to entertaining ones. Each of them can be rated using a 3-bar system evaluating its design, content and overall quality; comments are supported as well. Containing almost 500 links so far and offering the possibility of suggesting new sites to be added to the list for everyone, SurfDirections becomes a deep fountain of sorted and public-rated internet resources.
Along with previously mentioned site, I'd like to mention a similar one which is a little bit different by featuring links to websites standing out especially because of their unique design and appearance. StandOutAwards maintains a list of such places for you to explore and admire. You can also submit a site to be considered and perhaps added into the list.
I personally hate sites containing flash scripts without clear aim, only for the purpose of making them look more 2.0, but the ones included in these lists are often flash-based but with a purpose and incredible beauty. Let me recommend taking a look at one particular website that definitely caught my attention with its design. It's probably the best-designed one I've ever seen so far. Sharp and clear eye-catching design and graphics, pleasant background music, overall precision - simply amazing. 2 Advanced. See for yourself!
Update. removed links to websites that are no longer available.
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