I am taking a web design and usability class. For our final project we have to analyze the best web site we can find. We must focus on how the site functions, what are its goals and whether it achieves them or not.
My mind has gone blank. I can’t think of a site that is really great in terms of design (unlike The Straight Dope which is great in terms of content). So I am throwing it out to you Dopers for your suggestions.
It has to be a large-ish site with at least 3 tiers of navigation (home page, sub-page, content page). I am not so much looking for bells and whistles or flashy animation or exciting content. I want a site that is straight forward and does what it needs to do with the minimum amount of fuss.