This site uses a distinctive (read: “frickin’ cool”) visual heirarchy to accentuate relationships/common biases in up-to-the-minute news feeds.

And this site visually maps photos posted on Flickr to highlight the sense of location in users’ images.

What is exciting about these cases is that they are such fresh and well-paired marriages of design and content. Most sites have rich stores of information, whether submitted by users or of product info/inventory, etc. But these examples underscore how well-thought-out design can add value and even alter perceptions of that information.

(Yeesh, I think I’m waxing Tufte)