Like many things, design benefits from constructive effort invested in it. Interface design skills can be improved by browsing other designs and trying to recreate them, getting hands on experience and thinking about what makes them good designs.
I came across the City of Sydney’s website and thought it represented a nice clean brochure-ware site design. There are three levels of tabs available to the user that I think are laid out appropriately, with the global navigation at the top, followed by the local navigation below and finally some links for presumably popular reasons people visit the site.
A simple colour design coupled with changing imagery gives this site an easy to read aesthetic and I felt it was definitely worth sketching out in my notes.