The annual Webby Awards select the "best of" in a variety of categories for websites on the Internet -- including personal websites and the best sites for flash animation, education, business, and science. It makes for absolutely fascinating browsing to see what riches the Internet offers.
In the Art category, Electrolux Design was this year's Webby Award winner. Every year Electrolux Design offers a global competition for young designers to invent and design products for an eco-friendly, futuristic house of 2010. The inventions are remarkable -- and beautiful! I fell in love with this "soft refrigerator," a 2005 nominee. It's portable, and can expand in size to adapt to the amount of stuff inside the cooling chamber. "The soft-membrane coat insulates the contents and gives the appliance a soft, alluring look. The center pillar sustains the weight of the fridge and transports cool to each layer." Sure beats a dorm fridge!
The Universal Leonardo was also a nominee in the Art category and is another fascinating place to visit. This interactive site, for both children and adults, explores Leonardo's many contributions to the fields of drawing, painting, sculpture, and scientific invention. The site is rich and deep, providing brief explanations of Leonardo's influences, the details of his many paintings, the historical background of the period, and a wonderful gallery of images. (The image to the right is Leonardo's "Young Woman with Unicorn.") There is even a bit of "play," with a program that allows the viewer to create monsters as Leonardo did. This site is really a treat.