"Q:Why do CSS-driven sites have a reputation for being dull and boring?"
"A: Because most of them are. We could claim that CSS designers are actually minimalists, but the truth is that most early adopters of CSS just didn’t have strong design skills, myself among them. The other major handicap designers face is that moving to CSS means using a lot of text, and the ability to control (or even influence) typography is rudimentary at best. I believe the poor state of typographic styling might be the biggest obstacle to widespread CSS adoption right now.
Still, nobody claims that oil painting is a boring medium just because Bob Ross produced so much stuff. While an artist is certainly limited by his medium, it’s more often the case that the medium is limited by its artists. Until a Picasso or Serat comes along, you don’t truly appreciate what the medium can produce. As more designers come to use CSS, we’ll see more compelling CSS-driven sites. Wired News is a good example of this, as is ESPN. There are others, including adactio.com, stopdesign.com, scottandrew.com, zeldman.com, clagnut.com, and more."
When I was designing adactio.com in its present form, I had two main goals. One was simply to show off; as a freelancer, my website needs to reflect my skills and the kind of work that clients can expect from me.
The other reason was to combat the FUD surrounding CSS based design. There are far too many webmonkeys out there that associate CSS with boring design. I wanted this site to be ammo in my arsenal so that when somebody asked what CSS was capable of, I could point them here and let them loose with the stylesheet switching widget.
Having Eric Meyer name-check this site as an example good CSS-based design gives me a warm fuzzy glow. I think this is what vindication feels like.