I'm trying to figure out possible layout options for a website project. Its function closely resembles EnglishCentral. This website helps people practice spoken English through a series of videos with subtitles.
A typical layout for this sort of design uses a left category navigation area, and thumbnail tiles. But in the initial stage of this particular project, I'm planning on using audio and text only, which means the no image thumbnails could be generated. I also prefer not to use the audio waveform as the thumbnail considering it's not a sound marketplace.
I'm wondering what other options do I have for the layout of this website? Particularly the thumbnail tiles part, how do I replace them with only text and audio? And how to make it attractive at the same time? Any existing examples?
I'd like to thank everyone who contributed ideas to my question. Originally, I was planning on not using graphic at all, and rely on texts. If typography were correct, it might look nice. However, in such a learning site, this scheme could be a bit too monotonous, and would be difficult to generate interest for users. So eventually, even though I don't have videos, I might use other form of graphics. A site like ThemeForest could've easily use screenshots as thumbnails, but they require designers to upload additional icons instead. So I'll think about using a combination of simple graphic, color-coding, and typography.