Need a web designer who can quickly add a Web 2.0 feel to a widget-style webapp. We have a series of pages that have already been wireframed and now they just need a designer's touch: color palettes; background textures (if any); font families; icons; border weights; shading & depth; and finally padding and margin rules for the various elements.
We're looking for a clean, modern feel. Think Dwell-style soft modern, but for content, not architecture. Web 2.0 colors, icons and chunkiness are welcome, but the style needs to steer more toward the professional than the cartoony mascot.
We need the following pages designed (and, again, they're already wireframed):
-- a beta welcome page for users to either request or submit invite codes
(page has three simple states with very minor differences)
-- widget-based dashboard
(standard widgets include alert box, search box, user statistics and this-or-that question box)
-- search results widget
-- user profile (consists of two "about me" widgets that appear in the dashboard)
-- user signup page
(page has two states: one with expanded widgets (e.g. "employment history) and one with the same widgets but in a compressed form; page also needs a progress bar designed)
Ideally the designer would be able to develop an external CSS style sheet for these various elements. However, we will accept bids from designers without CSS skills so long as they can fully detail the choices they're making.
Designer must be comfortable working very quickly, even if the end result is not perfect. The project should ideally be completed in 2 weeks or less from time of awarding. Designer must be willing to sign an NDA.
If you're interested in this position, please provide at least 3-4 examples of your own work and background. Student designers are welcome, though please give us a sense of your training. Please list your CSS skills as well as 3-4 sites whose design you admire (but that you didn't design). Finally, please give us a sense of how much time you can commit to the project.
I've included below five sites whose design we like. This should give you a sense of the things we're interested in. We can offer more of these as needed.
• [url removed, login to view] → nice presentation of copy blocks, transparent buttons over splash image float like clouds, box containers replicate box metaphor; floating, unboxed nav elements are like clouds; good, glossy icons
• [url removed, login to view] → like the subtle stone backdrop, which allows the inset/depressed icons (which I love); especially like how this plays out in the thick footer quote and social media icons; like the vertical sidebar on the tour page, though not the organization of the tour, which leaves me feeling confused about what copy’s important; while I feel like there should be more copy here to explain the product, the somehow manage to elicit interest in learning more
• [url removed, login to view] → ultra-simple design, compelling logo, digestible tour; mixed feelings about the flatness, height of the tabs, and degree of fading
• [url removed, login to view] → like the parchment / paper feel; enjoy the simple icons, font and square highlighting of nav elements; like the saw-toothing box-edges at top and around bottom quotation box; not a fan of map presentation: it’s difficult to make sense of what the different content means at a glance
• [url removed, login to view] →incredible tour: vertical selector with icons and prose causes remainder of page to slide left or right; each tour page alternate left/right text and image