Completed contest

Fun, bold design for woman-focused online magazine/portal

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

A winner was selected from 37 designs submitted by 16 freelance designers.

37
entries
16
designers
1
winner

How Sarah Lewis started their web page design journey

Summary

I'm creating a dynamic online magazine/community/portal site targeted at married women between 20-40 years old. Looking for a design that can handle a lot of information in a clear and fun way.

I'm an experienced contest holder--I give useful feedback and don't abandon contests!

Brand name

hasn't been determined yet; just put something generic

Description

Tagline:
hasn't been determined yet; just put something generic

Desired Color Scheme:
bold colors preferred; keep in mind the female audience, though

Desired Style:
fun but stylish, clean, modern

Accepted File Formats:
Layered Formats (.psd or .tiff); Fireworks layered PNG preferred

This membership-based site will mostly be made up of articles, with extras like polls and contests. I'm looking for a magazine feel, with good photography accompanying the articles, and articles submitted by members as well as staff.
Target audience
Married women between 20-40 years old who are looking for advice, validation, and ways to connect with other women. They approach life from a Christian worldview but are not boring or mousey; they're smart, time-crunched, and looking for meaning.
DivineCaroline is probably the closest to the site I'm creating. They are a general women's site, where mine will be specifically for married women with more focus on how to grow relationships and tackle the ho-hum issues of life.
General guidelines
- the central focus will be 1-3 featured articles (open to your judgement on how many) with photos
- additional content will include headlines with short excerpts from posts (and possibly small photos), a featured member, a poll, and an "about" blurb
- search and "log in" features should be prominent
- there should be room for ads, particularly the square and skyscraper ads
- categories (for navigation and for content sections, if you choose to show them) are Love & Sex, God, Friends, Family, Home, Work, Play, Health
- as a membership site, it would be helpful to show where "Your Profile", etc., might go 

Examples of sites I like

DivineCaroline
What I like:
- feminine feel without being too cute (they have a similar target audience)
- several ad positions and creative sponsorships (like the poll)
- "about" section placed prominently
- lots of information bt it's clear what you're looking at
- cleanWhat I dislike:
- colors seem a little blah
- awful lot of serif fonts
- top ad placement seems too overtOutside Magazine
What I like:
- bold colors
- space for advertising
- lots of information but still easy to find things
- clear headings on different sections
- excerpts along with headlinesWhat I dislike:
- the ripped-paper edges (works for them but seems more masculine somehow than what I'm after)iVillage subsite
What I like:
- definitely feels feminine (though I prefer bold colors to pastel)
- search is right at the top and easy to find
- "log in" is also easy to find
- creative headings and colors for sectionsWhat I dislike:
- top ad placement seems awkwardgURL
What I like:
- fun, funky colors and layout
- prominent poll
- top menu is a good overview of the options
- "log in" is easy to find
- headline font fits well with designWhat I dislike:
- limited ad space on front page
- probably a little too trendy for my audienceBest Life Magazine
What I like:
- strong, bold lines
- clear headings
- very visible search
- clear, concise navigation
- simple colors and lines that complement the photos and keep the overall look from being overwhelming
- strong, useful footerWhat I dislike:
- masculine colors (I know, it's a men's site!)  

Inc.
What I like:
- lots of ad space
- the division between a "main" post and other featured blogsWhat I dislike:
- corporate feel in colors, fonts, and layout (it works for them, not for me)
- long side navigation 

Feedback policy:
I feel that all entries deserve some feedback, so I promptly rate every entry. However, because I usually receive many entries and only have an hour or so per day to review them, I am only able to provide detailed feedback to entries that are fairly close to what I'm looking for (usually those rated 3 stars or higher).

If your entry is given 1 or 2 stars, it's not personal; it just means it's not a good fit for this project. If you wish to continue submitting entries for this contest, you're welcome to do so, and my best advice is to re-read this brief, look at my example sites, and look at the entries that have received higher ratings. Try to identify what makes them a good fit, and emulate those concepts (but don't copy someone else's entry!).

Custom package

$315

Free features

  • Open contest
  • Fast-tracked

Deliverables

PSD
PDF
PNG
JPG

We've found some similar contests you might like

$899
Delivers network marketing news, information, resources, and training
design by thecenx design by thecenx design by thecenx
24
entries
7
designers
$599
The zippers with sealant layer are profiles which are welded to the plastic film during the bag making process.…
design by bigzero design by Didien_geonk design by Yesica Flores
16
entries
11
designers
$599
We are a flight school specializing in teaching pilots techniques for safe and professional flying under…
design by Nicolet Media design by Vinod3Kumar design by Rahul Just Creative
30
entries
6
designers
$599
We are a local marketplace in the San Francisco/Bay Area for Indian/Bollywood clothing/jewelry sold by individual…
design by Gendesign design by Gendesign design by Gendesign
26
entries
6
designers
$1,049
Corporate Magician / Kids Magician Please look at the existing website.
design by Responsive マークルーク design by Dead Wood design by Dead Wood
101
entries
4
designers
$1,049
Home Page and inner page for US based consulting firm
design by Iryna Dincher design by Iryna Dincher design by Iryna Dincher
100
entries
12
designers

We saved a spot for your web page design contest.

Get started now
$650
This purpose of this site is to offer the services of a wedding officiant for unconventional weddings. I want to…
design by Hitron design by BULLS EYE !! design by BULLS EYE !!
41
entries
13
designers
$1,599
Pixuru.com offers professional quality photo products and wall art at consumer prices to everyone.
design by Denzio design by Rhoi design by Denzio
110
entries
17
designers
£399
I am a photo journalist and I would like to upgrade and improve my existing website (http://www.daniel-allen.net/).…
design by Big Blue Roo design by Big Blue Roo design by chibinaru
192
entries
39
designers
$1,049
Since 1986, KPA has been supporting automotive dealers with products and services in Environment and Safety, HR…
design by Intricate design by TheLionKing design by Intricate
67
entries
14
designers
$1,199
Help us create the greatest source of SEO and CRO knowledge on the web
design by TheLionKing design by TheLionKing design by TheLionKing
73
entries
23
designers
A$899
Talentpool is an international resource pool of high end software developers that can be sourced into projects or…
design by WebBox design by Rajdip mitra design by kunnal
19
entries
5
designers