You are free to use your imagination on this one, as I have said, we really have little in the way of existing imagery. I personally would lean towards a darker (even black?) background, however this isn't a mandatory requirement.
Our main driver in deciding to actually pay for a design for this project is that we would like the site to look as professionally done as possible (although any improvement on my abyssmal design abilities will be considered).
We need the winning design to be supplied in a format suitable for adapting into a theme for our CMS (undecided as yet, but leaning towards Drupal - why isn't that an option along with Wordpress?). So, a flat .JPG will NOT suffice.
We would like the design to incorporate a sliding/fading banner/call out section to highlight important event adverts and special announcements etc
A recent news, upcoming events box also required.
"Follow us on Facebook" and other social media links req'd.
About Us, Meet the Team, etc links also a plus.
We would also like graphical links to things such as "Join the TEAMHAIR army" etc, plain text is boring.
Any more details required? Please let me know.
Yes, this is my first project on this site (can you tell?) however I picked this as the first as I can't make the first one blind (apparently you designers prefer that?) I have several website projects coming up after this one for a couple of companies I run that are also in dire need of re-branding.... so impress me now and you might see even more in the near future (with larger budgets too as they are commercial sites).