The Webmaster Centre got their new web page design by running a design contest:
Use your brilliant creativity skills to design an award-winning website for The Webmaster Centre
Check out The Webmaster Centre's Web page design contest…
We are a specialist web development and online marketing company. We use the Drupal Content Management System (http://drupal.org) to develop websites for our clients. Our website was developed to rank well in Google for local and national searches (UK). In other words, it is content-driven and is a marketing vehicle for our strong Drupal and online marketing skills. Our target audience consists of organisations from the following sectors: - Education (specifically Universities and private schools) - Non-profit organisations - Engineering and Manufacturing - Media and Publishing (including magazines) - Hospitality (specifically hotels) Apart from standard company websites, the types of websites that we build include: - Community websites (including intranets) - Ecommerce websites for UK businesses
CURRENT BRANDING -------------------------- We are looking for a completely fresh design. The only element of our website that we definitely want to keep is the logo. The original logo file is attached. Currently the default shape is square / rectangular. This shape can change on the site. We would prefer to retain the colour, font and silhouette but if this stifles your creative output please present your ideas. Attached a couple of images that show how the logo is currently employed in signage at our offices. We are aware that we do not have strong design skills internally (this is why we use 99designs for most of our design work) but instead thrive in the areas of web development and online marketing. BRAND VALUES -------------------- Our strength lies in building websites that are commercially successful for our clients, that really achieve a purpose rather than just "looking pretty". We believe in creating websites that market the products, services, causes, programs, ideas or purpose of the organisations behind them. We don't believe in brochure websites. The way we currently communicate this to clients in our proposals is something like this: "we will create a website that communicates your message so clearly, that positions your products and services as so indispensable and that tells your story in the most compelling way" We are very honest and direct with our clients. We are proud of what we do. We believe that it requires experience, effort and knowledge and that this is where we excel. We also work very hard for our clients to achieve deadlines, help out when there's a problem and strive to provide the very best customer service. All of this means that we are not cheap. We don't sell on price. Instead, we charge according to the value that we bring our clients. We are passionate about Open Source systems (like Drupal). We use platforms like these so our clients businesses are protected should anything happen to us (see http://webmastercentre.co.uk/about for more information).
REQUIREMENTS --------------------- We are looking for three pages to be designed in this contest: * homepage (for desktops, laptops and tablets when used in landscape mode) * mobile version of the homepage (for smartphones and tablets when used in portrait mode) * a 'typical' internal content page All of these are described further below. We will also want to engage the contest winner further after the contest on a one-on-one basis to develop further page layouts. If you will not be available for further work, please do not enter the contest. BACKGROUND ------------------- Our current website is built using the Drupal open source CMS framework (see http://drupal.org) and we will be continuing to use this. Our website currently contains articles, multi-user blogs, sales pages and resources. It also shows testimonials from our clients and a portfolio of recent websites we've developed. The site is now being developed further internally (development will NOT be outsourced, so please don't ask). This will introduce the following new features: - Testimonials will be shown on every page - There will be squeeze / landing pages which will offer free content (guides, ebooks, white papers, presentations, webinars) in return for subscription to our email list(s) - The site will have a log-in facility allowing people access to premium material, help forums and a client dashboard - There will be better integration with our social media accounts - Video will be used more widely throughout the site - We will be incorporating third party adverts (affiliate) throughout the site CONTENT ------------ Therefore the site will contain the following types of content. How these break down into the site menu is shown in the attached document (SITE MAP) - Basic pages (Sales / call-to-action pages describing our services) - Articles - Blog posts (from multiple users) - Resources - Testimonials (these will appear throughout the site) - Videos - Podcasts - Banner adverts - Infographics (images and supporting text) Special pages that will be on the site are listed below. If you win the competition, we will want to work with you to develop specific designs for some or all of these pages. - Contact page (will include a form, map and our office addresses) - Tools (consists of an overview page that will list all tools and individual pages describing a single tool) - Web Glossary (spans several pages - an alphabetical glossary of web terms) - Books and publications pages (consists of an overview page and individual pages for each publication which will include images (of the publication), supporting text and a form to request or buy the publication and supporting pages that appear after the forms have been completed) - Newsletter pages (archived newsletters and sign-up forms) - Portfolio (made up of individual posts about recent websites we've developed) - Meet the team page - Squeeze / landing pages - Forums - Client dashboard - Careers - Partnerships PLEASE NOTE: For guidance on any specific type of content, please either visit our current site or ask us a question via 99designs. DRUPAL ----------- The designs need to be created as specifically for Drupal as possible. This means: * The design needs to be flexible enough for us to apply to different types of pages or content that will appear on the site such as blogs, articles, videos, contact pages and so on. * The design needs to be supplied so that it can be applied in a responsive style (to work on all devices) * The main body area should be a fixed width around 960px to 1024px. * Graphical devices should be kept to a sensible level. For any graphical backgrounds that you employ in your design, please be aware that with the Drupal CMS, content and block columns don't always stay the same width or height, so please ensure that your design provides extra area for background images to allow for that variability. WHAT WE EXPECT FROM THE DESIGN ------------------------------------------------- We want you to go a little further than just creating a "look". The winning design will be one that will consider and be able to demonstrate how people will interact with the page. Whether this is a static menu that remains in place as the page scrolls, elements that react as people hover their cursor over them or animations, we want to see usability, great creative thinking about user interaction and a brilliant understanding of user interface design. ALL PAGES -------------- Every page of the site should follow the guides outlined in the attached SITE MAP). With regards to which of the menus depicted in the site map appear on the home page and what other elements are included on the home page are entirely down to your creative ideas and your knowledge of usability and good navigation design. HOME PAGE ---------------- You can see the current homepage at webmastercentre.co.uk if you wish, but we want you to take as much freedom to redesign and communicate our brand values, our message and what we do as clearly AND as powerfully as you can. However, we advise that you consider the content of the site as described above. We welcome any questions that you may have throughout the competition to help clarify your thoughts and ours. MOBILE HOME PAGE -------------------------- We build responsive websites that detect the device they're being displayed on and can alter the content, layout and functionality accordingly. Therefore it is important that we demonstrate this capability fully on our own site. We want a mobile-friendly version of the home page that we will set to automatically display on any of the following: - Smartphones (both in portrait and landscape mode) - Tablets (in portrait mode) - Devices with a horizontal resolution of at least 480px and no more than 1024px This design should provide access to the most relevant information for someone choosing to view the website on a mobile device. Therefore please think carefully about what such a user might want to see. There should also be a link to view the "Full desktop site". INTERNAL 'TYPICAL' CONTENT PAGE ------------------------------------------------ By typical, this would be the layout that would show any of the following types of content. In other words we expect these all to be similar: - Basic pages - Articles - Blog posts - Resources - Videos - Podcasts - Infographics (images and supporting text) - Careers - Partnerships All of these pages will consist mostly of text. links and supporting images. On occasion (e.g., podcasts, infographics), there will be an "attachments" section that contains files to be downloaded or forms (e.g., careers, partnerships) if the visitor wants to take the next step. The design of this page should therefore illustrate for us how the following elements should be handled: - H1-H6 headers (font, size, colour) - Form elements (fields, buttons, etc.) - Lists of content (such as a list of teaser blog posts) - Both horizontal and vertical menus (a combination of these may be used throughout the site) - Bullet lists - Pull quotes (see attached file) - Sidebars (left and/or right depending on your design) HANDOVER --------------- We will need the final design supplied as a layered RGB file. We would prefer that in PNG format (for Fireworks CS6) or PSD (for Photoshop CS6). Please label all layers with meaningful names. Please also remove any unnecessary layers.
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PROPRIETARY ELEMENTS --------------------------------- Although we do not expect the final site will be 100% compliant with the W3C standards, please avoid design elements that can't easily be implemented in accordance with those standards (e.g. Silverlight, iFrames, Flash) as we need the site to be robust in situations such as being viewed on mobile devices and screen readers. A NOTE ON FONTS ------------------------- If your design includes non-browser-generated, non-web-safe fonts in the main content areas of the site or for buttons, menu links or section headings, ideally those fonts should be available from either Google Fonts or Typekit. If not, we expect the fonts to be included in the price and provided at handover. This should be as a full web kit which includes EOT, OT, TTF and SVG versions. Finally, we're looking overall for a design that is graceful in all situations and will work in most modern browsers (IE, FireFox, Chrome, Opera, Safari).
When we launch our new website with the winning design, we will be submitting our site for a number of trade awards in 2014. In every instance, we will be crediting the winning designer as our partner in creating the site. We are very strong at marketing and we hope that this will lead to better recognition and more work for you, as our winning designer. Designs submitted where it's clear the brief hasn't been read will be immediately eliminated.
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.
The Webmaster Centre is collaborating with designers to refine their ideas
99designs has great collaboration tools so you can pinpoint and capture your ideas
And then… they selected a winner!
Mike is an extremely talented designer. His design was spot on for what we asked for. He took our concepts and made them a reality. We will use Mike again in the near future.
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