If you are in for some amusing reading follow the thread Jakob vs. Web design. (memento: functional doesn't need to be pretty vice versa).
This year's Design Annual found IBM's w3 Intranet among the winners. Nice to know working for a company with an award winning Intranet.... and Jakob and team haven't seen w4 yet. Our Intranet has Websphere, Websphere Portal and Domino all over it, with occasional sprinkles of PHP, CGI and others. RSS, Atom, Webservices, Tags and microformats are the glue keeping it together (SOA anyone <g>:).
The big question now: how long will it take IBM to turn this Intranet into a product?