I am a web applications architect who works for a major web development agency. I built most of the ScrumDog.com site myself in my free time, but I don't have very good design or illustration skills. I built ScrumDog because I needed a better scrum-based project management software for my projects. I like the idea of a black lab (or chocolate lab) as the logo for the following reasons:
1) The dog matches our name (ScrumDog)
2) Labs are friendly, eager to help, and playful
Our target audience is web developers and project managers. People who are web savvy and appreciate a good, clean design.
I need a fun homepage illustration to grab people's attention and make the site look more polished and legitimate. The following urls have homepage illustrations that I like:
-I like the style of this monkey
-The Gorilla is pretty good on this homepage
I am open to other homepage ideas as well. The main goal is to impress people the first time they come to the site and get them to sign up.
BIG PICTURE: I need a couple of quick wins to make my product look more attractive like my main competitor, Basecamp (http://basecamphq.com/). I am open to suggestions as to how to accomplish this. If I find a talented designer who understands my needs, there are more design projects I'd like to undertake (such as a header graphic).