pherbst got their new web page design by running a design contest:
Design a cool science site for prehistoric reefs
Check out pherbst's Web page design contest…
We (the Field Museum and Milwaukee Public Museum) want to relaunch an existing educational website about prehistoric reefs in the mid-western United States. Silurian refers to a period in time 443-419 million years ago! We're targeting school children, fossil collectors and anyone who is enthusiastic about natural history and the world around them. This is what it was: http://www.mpm.edu/content/collections/learn/reef/ and this is what it is now: http://silurian-reef-dev.fieldmuseum.org
Design: lively, simple and clean. The design should be responsive, and it will be implemented using Flexbox. Colors: Light/medium greens and blues. Reef and ocean colors fit, but nothing too loud or too drab. Reference the homepage image here: http://cornelia.fieldmuseum.org/805/059/SilurianReef.jpg (No fluorescent orange, no black backgrounds.) Structure: Vertical navigation required (see provided dev site), and a design that can account for a 5-level hierarchy. We want to make the visitor feel like they are visiting prehistoric reefs, and seeing them as they would have looked when alive millions of years ago.
HOME PAGE http://silurian-reef-dev.fieldmuseum.org/narrative/392 We want our home page to - Introduce people to a Silurian reef - Give visitors an overview of the subsections in the site "Narrative" CONTENT PAGE should - balance text and image/media content - offer easy navigation between sections of the site Examples: - http://silurian-reef-dev.fieldmuseum.org/narrative/504 - http://silurian-reef-dev.fieldmuseum.org/narrative/429 Search RESULTS PAGE Example: http://silurian-reef-dev.fieldmuseum.org/search/results/7654 "Specimen" CONTENT PAGE Example: http://silurian-reef-dev.fieldmuseum.org/catalogue/fmnh/2945115
What to avoid
No fluorescent orange, no black backgrounds. Main navigation should not be horizontal.
The design should be responsive, and it will be implemented using Flexbox. The design must incorporate both museum logos. We love the trilobite (the one that looks like a brown-gold bug with antennae); please do something with it. Also: 1) There may not be a photo for every person in the team so designs should be able to accommodate that. 2) All images used on the site should have a way to be able to accommodate copyright information and photos in galleries should include description/title as well.
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Web page design starts at $599.
Full copyright with production-ready files for digital and/or print.
It all began with a design brief.
A quick, interactive guide helped them understand their design style and captured exactly what they needed in their web page design.
Designers across the globe delivered design magic.
pherbst collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
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And then… they selected 2 winners!
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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