When asked to build a new website for The Amsterdam Laboratory for Legal Psychology (ALLP) we asked as one of the many questions what their content consisted off. It becamse clear the content is mostly text and the images where sparse. Only photos of the ALLP members where available. Surely you can come up with different images to support the field (like a shoeprint, a fingerprint, a magnifying glass, etc.). However the wish of University was that we would not use any of these cliche symbols and the challenge was to build a website that did not use a lot of imagery, but focusses on the textual content instead.
The same actually applied to the logo of ALLP. They needed a new logo and they did not want any symbols or images in it. So the logo we designed was again word-based, but nonetheless presented a strong image in itself.
Then we had three different content types for the website, having to give them (almost) equal prevalence. Those were: General information, news and projects. As you can see for yourself we managed to create a open website addressing all of these different content types equally. Now the content needs to grow, but it will the next few years and it will give the website body graduatly.