The Program on Public Consultation is looking for a freelance web designer to create an interactive budget exercise to accompany the release of an upcoming study on the federal budget. The exercise would be an interactive form that would allow users to enter their preferences under an array of categories and would track the cumulative effect of their selections. Once they complete the exercise, it would provide the user a summary of the changes they have made.
It would be similar but more complicated than this New York Times site [url removed, login to view]
As an example, below is one category from the study:
Amount budgeted Your choice
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The user would be presented with the description of each category and the amount budgeted and be allowed to enter their own number in the next box. In this section, there would be a list of 30 categories and they would go through and enter a number for each one.
The next section would have a matrix of five tax rate choices for eight different brackets. For each bracket, the user would click on the rate they preferred to select it. Following this, there are eight other topics that are relatively simple and usually are just five different options.
The application would track the total effect of the user's selections as they went along. Once the user is finished, the application would total the results of all their choices and present a summary chart.
The entire exercise needs to be aesthetically pleasing and easy to use. It would be simple to integrate into an existing website for presentation. It would require rigorous testing by us the client and a feedback process to make necessary corrections.
IMPORTANT: The project must be completed (including the feedback process) by Wednesday February 2nd, 2011.