Preliminary site copy:
Eligible designs should show the main page plus one or more "content" pages. This will be a blind contest and will be guaranteed once we have 10 designs and at least one we feel can work with. Logo source files attached.
We would like simple, clean, usable design that retains elegance and polish. We prefer liquid designs that flow page elements based on the browser window size (within reason, with appropriate whitespace for readable).
We want visitors to say "wow so fast." We're suspicious that large graphics will damage the initial speed impression. Certain stock photos are almost ubiquitous in our industry: racks of expensive equipment we don't own and pictures of inspired-looking people staring off into space or at a computer.
Stay clear of anything like that; we're different, and we're counting on your creativity to help show that in a positive way.
Graphics *may* be used if they are serving some navigation/usability/illustrative purpose, or if a small graphic makes a big difference toward giving the site the desired level of polish.
I hate to say "web 2.0" but that style or a "MacOS X App" simple/streamlined look that I think would fit us well.
The navigation should point a clear way forward for adding a bunch more pages in the future without making a mess, but we don't want the useful information too many clicks from the front page.
Please bring us all your questions, and you can count on as much of best feedback we as can provide.