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Eye-catching design needed

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

A winner was selected from 132 designs submitted by 28 freelance designers.

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entries
28
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How daynig started their web page design journey

Summary

We're a small UK web design company that uses 99 designs and local Designers for our designs. It's time we had a web site that did justice to the services we provide.
We need a design for the Home page and a related design for the About us and Portfolio pages. No coding is required.

*** We always pick and pay a winner ***

Company name

Please see our web site (http://www.clarihon.co.uk)

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

We need an attractive web site design for our own web site. We can't design to save our lives but we recognise great designs when we see them. Our clients have loved the designs provided by you guys so I know you won't let us down!

Quality is what we need to show and creativity is what we're looking from you.

We need a Home page design and then we'll short-list the best. The people on the shortlist will then need to produce an About Us (profile) page and a Portfolio page.

We're a family web company based in the UK and provide small businesses with brochure and small scale e-commerce & CMS web sites plus the usual extras (incl SEO).

We're informal but want to reflect quality and good taste (very important). The site needs to have impact and NOT look like a typical techie site with standard layout etc. It needs to look a little different but not too wierd. The site needs to look good and expensive. We also want to show a little sense of humour - although that's mostly down to the text we'll be using.

We appreciate that English is not the first language of many of the Designers here so if you're not sure what we mean sometimes, PLEASE ask. We don't mind, honestly!

Initially the pages we'll have on the site are:

Home
About Us
Portfolio
Services - may break
into individual services
News
Newsletter(s)
Resources
Business
Links
Contact

Designs must be provided as Photoshop psd files
Payment by
Paypal or Designer carries the cost of any alternative (direct bank transfer,
Western Union etc)
We may want small mods after contest winner is
declared

Designer can use the design in his/her portfolio

Wants

- Conform to current branding using logo and header/footer graphics where possible. Please see our current logo and marketing literature at http://www.clarihon.co.uk/clarihon_images.zip
- Clean but sophisticated and expensive look using
black, white, red and grey
- Create impact on the Home page and carry through
that to the inner pages
- Slightly 'different' and needs to show a little sense
of humour
- Plenty of room and options for blocks of news, info, features, functions
& images + client login (home page)
- Optimised for 1024 wide screens
(1000px wide)
- Featuring CSS prominently
Sites we like are:
- http://www.gendall.co.uk/ -
expensive/classy feel
http://www.ndesign-studio.com/ -
beautiful - if a little too colourful and spectacular!http://www.lovewashingtonwine.com/ - impact, look,
layout
http://www.dubernet.com/ - look and
feel
http://www.30elm.com/ -
look
http://sidebarcreative.com/
- look
http://www.dreamwire.nl/ -
look
http://www.ignitionuk.co.uk/ - look, colours (but too narrow)
http://www.ratart.co.uk/ - a little
different but I don't like the layout
http://www.pjwdesign.co.uk/ - the look
and some of the content
http://www.wheelmedia.com/
- clean look
http://www.dsm-design.co.uk/ - look and layout (despite web 2.0 bits)
http://www.sevefanclub.com/ - layout
and look
http://www.message.uk.com/
- clean and attractive but too understated
http://bath.aqua-restaurant.com/ -
impact
http://www.localfoodroscommon.ie/ -
look, impact
http://www.sitemaker.us/fx/index.php -
look, impact
http://www.belindaherford.com/ - impact

Don't want

- No obvious web 2.0 styling
- No 'sign up here' sections, forms etc
- No entries or conversations via PMSites we don't like or don't want ours to look like are:

http://www.zagota.com/ - way too busy &
confusing
http://www.bensky.co.uk/ - beautiful but too
dark, headlines semi-illegible and web 2.0 features
http://www.arrivaldesign.co.uk/ - too
clean!
http://www.faabsolutions.com/ - not
'classy' enough
http://www.dynamic-webs.co.uk/ -
designed by geeks for geeks
http://www.surreywebdesign.co.uk/ -
layout too standard/formulaic
http://www.strategies.co.uk/ - layout
too standard/formulaic
http://www.tommydew.com/ - says nothing on
the home page
http://www.jengnet.co.uk/
http://www.thriftysites.co.uk/
http://www.plasticbox.co.uk/

Apologies if you own any of these sites or are friends/relatives of the owners!

Custom package

$500

Free features

  • Open contest
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