There’s a lot of buzz in the interaction design world about the new Brown University website. Seems like they’ve broken out of the now-traditional, near-cliché set o’ tabs across the top of the page to present a more dynamic peek-a-boo shutter-blinds effect on their homepage.
Beyond the homepage, much of the site looks like any other website out there (although the admissions area and a few other areas are much more dynamic and sport a unique look and feel).
Still the homepage is exciting and presents a lot of choices in an intuitive, easy-to-use interface. Look for the other Ivies (and other universities and colleges in general) to take this as a needed kick in the pants (at best) or to follow suit with a copycat design (at worst, not that that would be such a bad thing considering the tired designs of most college websites today).