Any examples of well-designed web sites in the industrial/engineering/manufacturing industry?
I've been doing web design on the side, off and on for the past ten years. I love the challenge of creating a good design. So far, all my sites have been public-facing... doctors, small businesses, personal web sites, and people say I do good work.
However, I just got a job designing the web site of a newly formed engineering/manufacturing company. The web sites in this industry are notoriously awful, usually looking like they were designed in FrontPage. Since they are mostly business-to-business sites, their standards are very different from a public-facing web site.
My idea of a well-designed web site is something like SimpleBits
. This style wouldn't fit a manufacturing company at all. But I can't accept that "different standards" necessarily equates to "bad design".
So my question is this: Does anyone have any examples of well-designed
web sites for small engineering or manufacturing companies? Something that fits the company well, but doesn't look like it was designed in 1999?
I should clarify that I am primarily looking for "online brochure"-type web sites such as this one
— lots of information, but very little functionality. My other preference is that the site not be designed in Flash or heavily dependent on it.
So: is "well-designed industrial web site" a paradox, or is there hope for me?