Ok. So I came across these 2 sites. I think the design is subtle but very effective. Thought I would pass them around.
The first is a search mechanism for flickr. Flickr.com is essentially an online photo album. It gives you space to store your digital pictures and allows an interface for you to share it with your friends.
The site I found, http://www.airtightinteractive.com/projects/related_tag_browser/app/ , is a search engine for flickr photos. I don’t think its actually affiliated with the site. The front page is about as simple as possible, and the search results are interactive. Not only giving you options of zooming into thumbnailed sets but also on the outside access to other linked categories. it allows search by ideas instead of file names.
The second site is called chowhound. It’s a posting board for restaurant reviews. If you have seen it before, take a second look, they have a new layout. http://www.chowhound.com/ . open up one of the longer threads. Something with 20 or 30 replies and scroll through. I really like the layout. It’s top to bottom, oldest to newest, but look at the nesting. You immediately know if a post is an original, a reply, a reply to a reply, etc. there is no need for referencing. Reduction of clutter.
Just some thoughts