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Milla   Lock this link...Send this link...
This German agency's site is surreal to say the least. What's surprising is that it manages to remain accessible throughout, despite a navigation system that changes slightly from one section to the next. The site's organic style is complemented by atmospheric soundscapes and some beautiful transitions.

Dadaphonic   Lock this link...Send this link...
A perfect example of simple, clean HTML design. Photographic areas work in harmony with the pixel content you dig through whilst a return to serif type is a welcome change. From the tiny animated icons to the decorative background image the site oozes quality.

Idea Line   Lock this link...Send this link...
New ways of visualising information are always a challenge, but this Java-based database of online art does it beautifully. There is so much in here, all cleverly and carefully cross referenced, yet all easily accessible. Flicking through this virtual rolodex quickly becomes an engaging experience in itself.

24HR   Lock this link...Send this link...
The work of the 24HR agency has always looked a little different, and this comes through with the redesign of their own site. The great use of colour in this Flash / HTML hybrid is one of their many trademarks put to good effect once more. Make sure you check out their portfolio, there is some accomplished work in there.

Habitat   Lock this link...Send this link...
You'll hear a lot about this Digit offering over the coming months, and for good reason. Full of detail without being over-designed it fits the brand beautifully. Try placing any item from their range in 'My Habitat' to compare items, match colours, and see whether the chair of your dreams is big enough for your cat.

Flight 404   Lock this link...Send this link...
The Internet is the quintessential medium for mystery, speculation and introspection wrapped up in blogs, conspiracy theories and art. Flight 404's appeal doesn't come from its eerie prescience but from its documentary intrigue. It is, above all, a good read, and provocatively graphic. A welcome return of this once lost flight.

Wink Media   Lock this link...Send this link...
The fact that the look and feel of this site is reminiscent of Wallpaper magazine is no accident - they are both part of the same company. This ensures that this agency site is a slick and stylish affair, with plenty of high quality photography, examples of recent work and company talk.

Levitated   Lock this link...Send this link...
A homage to digital artists such as John Maeda, this site showcases the beauty of data-structures, algorithms and logic in the context of design and interaction. This is a valuable resource for anyone interested in computational design, providing clear and concise explanations of how each of the many pieces work as well as all the source files.

Xururu   Lock this link...Send this link...
From one of the designers behind Spakkamo comes another bold site. Andrew Matarazzo's portfolio not only functions beautifully, but is also full of excellent work. The navigation has been thought through carefully and the transitions between 'menu' and 'content' are wonderfully done. A warning though: be prepared for some waiting if you're on dial-up.

Preschool ProtoCops   Lock this link...Send this link...
This crazy pre-school world, created by James Hutchinson, is not only funny, inventive and beautifully drawn (love those reflections) but also has some nicely developed characters and an entertaining story- line. Animation is top-class, as are the visual tricks and edits. Quality.

Rizzo   Lock this link...Send this link...
Loosely translated, Rizzo claims "roots in the Italian tradition, where fashion and craftsmanship are as important as life itself." The site has its roots in elegance and simplicity, trademarks of Swedish design. Self- appelled 'soul-saving' javascript, black boxes and b&w aesthetics by Strangeways make perfect a bed- fellow with the handsome shoes.

Jeremy Otis   Lock this link...Send this link...
Simultaneous DHTML, Flash, weblog, pop-ups, attention to detail and passion for design do not a great portfolio make. However, in the case of Mr.Otis, they do. When you have mastered the tools of 'Visual Thinking' why not use them? Until then, study this master.

Cubicolor   Lock this link...Send this link...
Long-time veterans of flash gaming, Globz, have once again come up trumps. Often when trying to push boundaries technically the result can be lacking overall. Fortunately, here they succeed, creating a unique 3D multiplayer game that's simple to play, easy to pick up, very addictive and slickly presented.

Relevare   Lock this link...Send this link...
The Relevare site very almost made favourite upon its first release. Its unique navigation system was and remains perfect in execution and totally intuitive. Unfortunately other areas needed a little bit of work and that's exactly what they've done with this update. Now totally deserving of the status of favourite.