http://www.simplebits.com and http://www.ciplex.com are two examples of very different backgrounds, but we like both. I don't think we want a photo-realistic background, but something to add texture, interest, visual appeal
http://www.inowweb.com - i don't like the font or navigation, but it seems to have good "focus" - it's very easy for me to see what they're trying to say about themselves and how i would find more information
http://www.kaleidoscopeapp.com - i love the typography and layout. while we wouldn't do a long one-page site like this, each section is very clean and easy to absorb
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