I was quite taken with the very plain University of Oxford home page. It is like a sign hung beside the front gate.
The academic equivalent of cragislist -- I honesly wish more of the web were still like this ... maybe a new version of HTML without the <img> tag will be release on April 1st.
The light-on-dark scheme is pretty cool, and certainly stands out on an academic site.
Anyways, I'm a little disappointed that they chose a "quick links" dropdown -- especially one that requires hitting the go button. It's the whitest thing on the page (white being the contrast color), yet it's hiding some of the most pertinent data.
I understand that the designer was carrying a theme (and they certainly made all the pages branching off look very clean and usable), but their lack of anything besides a logo to give indication of what the site is about seems super-pretentious to me. Like, "you KNOW what Oxford is, why do we have to identify ourselves?"
But then again, maybe that's just me being unnecessarily negative. Altogether, very cool site.
Very neat. The home page is like a traditional site index. In fact, if you are on one of the secondary pages and you select the "site map" link at the bottom of the page, you get a pop-up DHTML effect that has all of the links on the front page.