Successfully minimalist design
I love Ian P. Hines' site (http://ianhines.com/) as a clean, straightforward personal site. Not sure if I'd go with icons over text, but they sure are simple!
Here's random information on the life and times, work and play of Eric M. Larson. Some technology, some philosophy, some note-keeping, a little religion, and some "current events," all coming together with the goal to support learning.