So I’ve spent the past week going over every link in the Idiom Life link directory to try and find the Top 5 Websites of the Snowboard Industry. This proved to be quite troublesome. I was actually really surprised to find such a lack of good, clean, useable and valid web design within the industry. There are so many good designers and artists involved in our sport that I figured we’d have a lot more good web design. It’s not to say that there aren’t good sites out there, but they seem to be few and far between. And what’s even more startling to me, a fellow designer, is that I could only find one site that had more than a couple pages with coding that validated to web standards. For all you developers out there, use this link and get valid! Anyway… I know this is suppose to be an uplifting article about the BEST sites, so I’ll get back on track now.
For this Top 5 list, instead of just trying to choose the five best overall sites I’ve decided to feature the very best site in five different categories; Best Usability, Best Flash Design, Best Community, Best Retail (store), and Best Design. Lets dig in.