Completed contest

Simple Hockey Blog Homepage Needed! [Wireframe Provided]

KeeganG needed a new wordpress theme design and created a contest on 99designs.

A winner was selected from 50 designs submitted by 10 freelance designers.

50
entries
10
designers
1
winner

One of the designers who made it happen

Winner - Avriel
Excellent work, very happy with outcome.
- vScope

How KeeganG started their custom wordpress themes journey

Company name

Schoolyard Puck

Overview

This website should be a walk in the park for any experienced designer.

Schoolyard Puck is a website where not-so-professional hockey players go to get hockey tips, equipment advice, and read the experiences of others who are in a similar situation.

The absolute biggest way Schoolyard Puck differs from other instructional hockey websites or magazines is this: It asserts that hockey skills can be developed outside of formal ice rinks. There seems to be a misconception in the hockey community that in order to play hockey (and become better at it) a player needs expensive ice time, brand new gear, and professional coaching. Hockey doesn’t just happen on the ice and it isn’t just a game for Canadians. It can be played by anyone on the pond or the street, on rollerblades or shoes. Any time of year. For free.

If Schoolyard Puck could promise its readers anything it would be: You don’t have to be rich to play hockey and get better at it.

If Schoolyard Puck was an actual person it would be Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez from the movie The Sandlot. While Benny is no pro, he certainly knows his game. He’s good, but not arrogant about it. He will lend you equipment and teach you how to be better. His ability to acknowledge his own shortcomings is what drives him to be excellent. He loves the game and doesn’t play for the fancy uniforms or fan recognition.

Tell us a bit about who you are and the people you reach

The primary audience is mostly made up of men 18-30. The type of person willing to play hockey is usually someone who takes risks and doesn’t mind getting physical. Players wear brands such as: Bauer, CCM, Mission, and Easton. They drink Gatorade and listen to AC/DC and Metallica. They stay up late. They get in fights, but when it’s all over they shake hands and say good game. They follow the NHL. They are always trying to improve and they hate losing.

Requirements

Follow the wire frame (see attachment).

If you really feel the need to stray from it, that's fine, but please use it as a foundation. It should be viewable on a 1024 x 768 monitor.

The current site can be found at http://www.schoolyardpuck.com There you can see the type of content this blog provides, along with some of the pictures used. It's a generic template and it must go! It does not reflect the quality and magnitude of the articles. There isn't much about the design I want to keep. It's time for something new and fresh.

Sites I like the look 'n feel of:

* http://www.uspondhockey.com
* generationchurch.org
* http://www.touchgrind.com - mostly for the cool header

Sites that have good content organization:

* ca.gawker.com
* http://www.howtogeek.com

Use the (attached) logo as a guide for color palette. Orange represents a classic street hockey ball and the gray/silver represents the chassis of inline skates or the blades on ice skates. The font used in the logo is called Onani. I am not dead set on that font so if you see one that works better, go for it!

You can use stock images or Flickr, just site the source so I know where to buy them. I will likely use images from the photographer found on this page: http://www.rinkshots.com/eic

Like a hockey team, the website should look professional with matching colors. It should be well organized and clean. It should also be a little gritty, explosive, and exciting.

The ultimate goal of the redesign is to lower the bounce rate by organizing the content better. If visitors can easily sort through the articles, they will be able to find more information that will be useful to them.

One last piece of advice: do not use ice as a background texture. It's been done too many times.

Custom package

US$500

Free features

  • Blind contest
  • Guaranteed
  • Fast-tracked

We've found some similar contests you might like

US$369
VERY SIMPLE PROJECT - we have provided very detailed instructions...you basically just need to build it
design by 2ff design by Hitron design by Hitron
54
entries
7
designers
US$369
Help charm our customers to buy from our main website
design by StephanieKendall design by trestian design by Catalin Craioveanu
15
entries
5
designers
US$499
Something to captivate and engage
design by KhurramR design by MLZupan design by MLZupan
16
entries
6
designers
US$723
The title is the most exciting part!
design by cwebdesigner design by cwebdesigner design by wan54321
87
entries
11
designers
US$499
IDEIAS ONLINE
design by chuknorris design by chuknorris design by nextart
27
entries
3
designers
US$799
Wordpress Ecommerce Site Design
design by thecenx design by thecenx design by Fenrir Media
11
entries
7
designers

We saved a spot for your custom wordpress themes contest.

Get started now
US$614
that resonates with Mothers & drives Sales
design by Woodly design by fertigo design by mahadesigner
26
entries
9
designers
US$509
Consilium Technology Pty Ltd is a professional services company specialising in software development and technical business
design by 404Creative design by 404Creative design by Designer Guru
47
entries
9
designers
US$671
Giggles N Hugs is a restaurant that parents can take their children to enjoy a great, healthy, organic meal. There is a large
design by Hitron design by Hitron design by Hitron
23
entries
8
designers
US$795
Optimising the Sales Force Australia is an Australian company who along with running our annual sales conference, provide a
design by Partikules design by Creative Design 499 design by true02
21
entries
5
designers
US$495
We are a small company that makes cut and terminated wires of different types, as well as wiring harnesses. We recently
design by Only Quality design by Only Quality design by Only Quality
45
entries
11
designers
US$495
I'm an online entrepeneur creating affiliate marketing websites for consumers since 2008.
design by Hitron design by Hitron design by Designsatnight
12
entries
7
designers