Completed contest

School website redesign

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

A winner was selected from 54 designs submitted by 10 freelance designers.

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One of the designers who made it happen

Winner - Lene
This is the second time I have used Lene. Lene produces excellent, professional designs and responds very well to feedback. A pleasure to work with.
- Will Burrard-Lucas

How conexium started their web page design journey

Summary

Redesign an existing school website to give it a modern clean look.

What inspires you and how do you envision the design for your business?

HOME PAGE

Redesign an existing school website to give it a modern clean look. The existing website can be found at http://mck.nsw.edu.au
We need the homepage redesigned completely but it should contain these basic elements which can be seen on the existing home page:

header
navigation
main content area
general text
3 news boxes
news ticker
image slideshow box
footer

The header should incorporate the school logo and school name. You can find the logo here http://mck.nsw.edu.au/images/crest2.jpg (but the school name is now "marist college kogarah" instead of "marist kogarah high")

The navigation is currently a javascript dropdown menu which will probably be replaced with a more accessible dhtml menu. So as part of the design please include the look of the dropdown menu. I am open to the idea of using a different method of site navigation but just keep in mind that in some sections the pages can go 4 or 5 levels deep. The top level nav elements Home, Handbook, About etc will basically stay the same so include these in the design.

In the main content area the homepage will contain some general text, 3 news boxes, the news ticker and an image slideshow box. These features all exist in the current website but in the new one they will be more dynamic. The current image slideshow box is just a large static image but it will be a slideshow of images fading in and out with text labeling each image underneath. The news boxes will probably contain more information and possibly scroll through the info. Feel free to experiment with the design of these features.

The footer will contain links to privacy policy and copyright line, possibly some other links as well.

INNER PAGE

I would also like a design of a sample inner page. The only design difference to the home page will probably be in the main content area which will be CMS generated content (mainly text and images). However if you think a slightly different template is needed for the inner page then feel free to do this. The basic colours, font and look and feel should remain the same as the home page.

COLOURS AND FONT

There are basically two options. Either use the colour scheme from the existing website (seen in the top banner) or use the colour scheme found in the school logo http://mck.nsw.edu.au/images/crest2.jpg The logo shows the school's traditional colours of red and white. Other colours can also be used but these colours should form the basic theme. I imagine it will be hard to make the red and white look good on their own. As for the font feel free to choose yourself but please don't use the same font as on the current website.

LOOK AND FEEL

The client has told me they like the look of http://www.spc.nsw.edu.au/about_spc/ which is another school website. They like the use of curves instead of the sharp angles on the existing mck website.

LAYOUT

We want the website to be center aligned with a background colour, similar to http://www.spc.nsw.edu.au/about_spc/
I am open to either a fixed width or liquid layout (expands to browser width). If you do a design suitable for a fixed width website it should be designed for 1024x768 resolution so the width should be around 960 to 970 pixels. That gives enough breathing space for the browser borders and scrollbars.

LOGO AND IMAGES

You can find a higher quality school logo/crest here:

http://mck.nsw.edu.au/images/MckLogoClipart.wmf
http://mck.nsw.edu.au/images/MckLog….bmp(14MB)

You can use any of images found http://mck.nsw.edu.au/ in your design, here are a select few which might be usefull:

http://mck.nsw.edu.au/images/ath07.JPG
http://mck.nsw.edu.au/images/computers.jpg
http://mck.nsw.edu.au/images/debating.jpg
http://mck.nsw.edu.au/images/end.jpg
http://mck.nsw.edu.au/images/front02.jpg
http://mck.nsw.edu.au/images/science.jpg
http://mck.nsw.edu.au/images/champagnat92.jpg
http://mck.nsw.edu.au/images/Marist…0front.jpg
http://mck.nsw.edu.au/images/chapel.jpg
http://mck.nsw.edu.au/images/exam_hall_large.jpg
http://mck.nsw.edu.au/images/gsgonzag_roof.jpg
http://mck.nsw.edu.au/images/land2.jpg
http://mck.nsw.edu.au/images/new_technology.jpg
http://mck.nsw.edu.au/images/swim.jpg

http://mck.nsw.edu.au/images/10ac.jpg
http://mck.nsw.edu.au/images/2005_ac01.jpg
http://mck.nsw.edu.au/images/2005_rl_13_2fr.jpg
http://mck.nsw.edu.au/images/2007%20chapel.JPG
http://mck.nsw.edu.au/images/Colleg…rs%202.jpg
http://mck.nsw.edu.au/images/Crest11.jpg
http://mck.nsw.edu.au/images/Home/xartcomp.jpg
http://mck.nsw.edu.au/images/Home/x…r_room.jpg
http://mck.nsw.edu.au/images/Home/xdrama.jpg
http://mck.nsw.edu.au/images/Home/xgym.jpg
http://mck.nsw.edu.au/images/Home/xlibar.jpg
http://mck.nsw.edu.au/images/Home/xscience.jpg
http://mck.nsw.edu.au/images/New%20…anavan.jpg
http://mck.nsw.edu.au/images/New%20…hapel2.jpg
http://mck.nsw.edu.au/images/champa…ranada.jpg
http://mck.nsw.edu.au/images/gen/hi…chape1.JPG
http://mck.nsw.edu.au/images/gen/hi…_hall2.jpg

Aside from the above images which have been approved please don't use images which clearly show identifiable student faces as this is a privacy problem. You can use any of the ones listed.

Wants

- layered photoshop PSD file of final design

Don't want

NA

Custom package

$400

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