I was doing some research for a new site design project I will take on and here are some inspiring designs I found.http://www.f-i.com - Been a fan of this site for a long time. I've seen it go through at least two re-designs.
http://carbonmade.com/ - Fun social network for portfolios
http://www.tangentproducts.com/ - A little dark for my taste but it gave me an idea of how I'd like to layout my gallery.
http://www.nihonmatsuri.cl/ - Love the blue color pallette and fish illustrations
http://www.carlofranco.ca/ - Carlo has a great sense of design and user experience