While studying web design, I explored styles and methods that were outside of my comfort zone. One thing that helped me greatly is Curt Cloninger's Fresh Styles for Web Designers. It looked at sites that were doing things that were really out there and categorized them.

The above design is based on the Grid-Based Icon style. The style is all about taking something engineered and dialing it back down to its basic elements: grids, charts, graphs, blueprints, maps, symbols, barcodes, etc. I really like how fresh this design feels. If I were to improve upon it, I would use cleaner images and sharper lines to improve upon the crisp precision the style calls for.

I also tried out the book's Pixelated Punk Rock, Gothic Organic, Paper Bag and Lo-Fi Grunge styles.