Completed contest

Alternative University - Web 2.0 Website Wanted

Vladislav needed a new web page design and created a contest on 99designs.

A winner was selected from 19 designs submitted by 7 freelance designers.

19
entries
7
designers
1
winner
Runner-up design by galinka
Runner-up design by Priyankar Mukherjee
Runner-up design by rajeshdas
Runner-up design by rajeshdas
Runner-up design by Kurty
Runner-up design by Kurty

One of the designers who made it happen

Winner - Don Vordulf
Superbly talented designer with a great insight into both aesthetics and UX
- info BJu

How Vladislav started their web page design journey

Summary

Gaia University (http://www.gaiauniversity.org) is a relatively new university dedicated to project-based action learning for eco-social regeneration.

Company name

Gaia University (http://www.gaiauniversity.org)

What inspires you and how do you envision the design for your business?

This is a follow-up contest to http://99designs.com/contests/19819/brief -- we're looking to get more entries and ideas and to award this contest.
Core changes:
- The new site will be WordPress-driven as the backend;
- be heavily web2.0-focused with user participation and social network integration. 
- be far more image than text-driven - use photography to tell the story.
Key words:
- inspirational, artistic, elegant   (not “cute” or “busy”)
- clear navigation
- professional
Deliverables: 
- 2 PSD files - homepage + subpage
- 1024x768 monitor design
Colors and logo:
- Please review color palette; design should be close but can be a few shades off.
  http://www.gaiauniversity.org/design/palette.pdf
- Please see logo.
  http://www.gaiauniversity.org/design/logo-1.jpg
  http://www.gaiauniversity.org/design/logo-2.jpg
Fonts:
For our header we have been using Lucis sans Unicode – moslty because we like the G in Gaia not having a horizontal line. In general we are open to other fonts that are creative, architecture style or free-style/artistic. (see logo versions above).
Homepage contents:
1. Header contents:
- Gaia University Logo and name  (See above.  We are open to artistic font/design changes for Gaia University name.  We want to  keep this logo design.)  Does not necessarily need to be banner style, You can be creative.
- Add as friend on facebook | myspace | wiserearth links.
2. Navigation:
- horizontal drop-down menu system w/ about 5-8 main items
(About Gaia U / Programs / People / Regional Circles / Basic Info)
3. Essential elements:
The list below contains the essential elements.  We are happy for you to propose where they will be placed based on the artistic design needs (ie in the header, footer, middle, sides.)
- Search
- Newsletter subscription  w/ call to action
- medium/large photo ( we envision it changing every 7 sec – for examples see sites we like structurally)
- 2 boxes on the side or overlapping with large picture (Titles: Our Associates / Is GaiaU for you?)  See http://www.hampshire.edu/ for an example we like.
-  quick links in drop down menu or additional box named “short cuts” like http://www.bard.edu/ (Contact us / FAQ / Apply / Calendar / Fees)
- News section: a list with headers to link further like http://www.bard.edu/ (Does not need to be fully visible before fold. Title and first 2 news items minimally should be visible)
--> ABOVE ITEMS ALL SHOW UP ON ONE SCREEN WITHOUT SCROLLING, USING UP THE ENTIRE HEIGHT
-> below the fold, area for additional text
4. Footer contents:
- footer similar in size to http://www.tunnel7.com
- Send this page to your friend via e-mail link
- Subscribe to newsletter box
- Our address
- Creative Commons License
Sub pages:
Sub page is same style, except with a clear text area, and allowing for a photo/slideshow within the content on each page.  Once we get the homepage nailed down, the sub page of course will be easy to design.
Pages we like structurally:
http://www.bard.edu/
> clear structure, the quick link menu (could be on the right side using full screen width, or in a menu)
> we do not like the black background, the long list of news links)
http://www.hampshire.edu/
> nice and simple structure, easy to navigate, additional blocks that overlap photo
Page designs we like:
See attached designs:
http://www.gaiauniversity.org/desig…sign-1.png
http://www.gaiauniversity.org/desig…sign-2.png
http://www.gaiauniversity.org/desig…sign-3.png
We like the artistic freedom and color palette.  We like rounded corners. In general we do not like lines around buttons/links.
We like the graphics and the use of colors of http://www.tamera.org/. We don’t like the structure.

Wants

Please see specification and previous contest notes. 

Don't want

Please see specification and previous contest notes. 

Custom package

$689

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