While we are outlining three pages below we would prefer if initially you just worked on the homepage so we can check you are headed in the right direction. We will provide feedback so as to not waste anyone's time.
Any design must fit in a 1024px wide monitor without horizontal scroll - recommend you work to a design of 960px wide and no larger.
1) Home Page
Please see attachment for a general idea of where advertising elements should be placed. Take no real notice of the design or other elements, do whatever you feel.
At the top we have the site logo (our current one at gamingupdate.com or a new design of one) to the right of that is a 728x90 banner ad.
Under that is a double navigation bar top bar would contain links like home page and all the platforms we cover (ps2, ps3 etc...) under that would be links to content areas, news, reviews, previews for each platform. A search box needs to be somewhere - perhaps in the nav bar?
Below that would be our featured content. Some sites just highlight one item others highlight a range of items. To the right of that would be the 300x250 banner ad.
Underneath that would be other featured content, perhaps screenshots and videos, latest news (we like to keep latest news as high and prominent as feasible - but also cram in the other featured items which are also important, plus fit in a 160x600 banner ad too.
Colors, we're looking for something white background, youthful, classy and suit an audience of video game fans.
We also need space for a facebook integrated login We're not looking for lots of graphical elements on the page, sharp lines and a css codable, FLEXIBLE design is preferred.
We run http://www.supercheats.com and are happy with that site - if you want an idea of what we like!
Other good sites include: http://www.ign.com
Ad place is not set in stone, but each page MUST have a 728x90, 300x250 and a 160x600
2) A page previewing all the material we have for a single game. Template as outlined above up to and including the nav bar. Then split the page into two columns, on the right 300px to hold a 300x250 banner ad, other elements to highlight related items and a 160x600. And on the left a rundown synopsis of what we have for a game eg, news items, reviews, previews, screenshots, videos... May want to stick the videos into a player with a playlist (we use the JW player). eg on supercheats.com, this page would be the equivalent of this one: http://www.supercheats.com/nintendo…nwhite.htm
3) A page which would hold a review for a game. Taking the template from 2) it would just need to be reworked to show one item in-depth, just a single review for example for a game. on the right under the 300x250 would be items which linked to related items for the game or other suggested items on the site. - Have a browse around supercheats.com to see how we work this concept.
We are not looking for a re-skin of supercheats.com - gamingupdate must be a seperate design