The 3 pages are a homepage, a profile browse section and an ideas posting and commenting section. We may wish to work with the winning designer on additional pages as the total site consists of around 15 pages in total. Following are the outline for each of the 3 as part of this contest:
1. Homepage: We want four components to be represented here. The main one is a basic search function that spells out "I am a [dropdown of profile types] seeking a [dropdown of professions] who's interested in [dropdown of topic categories], followed by a search button. The second component is a "Quote of the Day" section that has enough space for one quote - in my head, the closest comparison is to the "Quote of the Day" on Forbes' website. The third component is a "Featured" profiles section displaying a few profiles of other people on the site; I imagine this profile display to be in the shape of mini baseball cards, with a person's picture on top, a few lines of intro text, and small buttons on the bottom that would allow a visitor to "message" or "follow" that person on the featured profile. The fourth and last section on the home page would be a section for "Trending Ideas", where visitors can upvote or downvote ideas that have been submitted by other users. The goal for the homepage is to give visitors an overview of what the site offers but also inspire them to start interacting with this community, whether it's by doing a basic search, messaging or following a featured user, or engaging in upvoting or downvoting an idea.
2. The second page is the more detailed profile search and browsing section of the site. It should allow users to search other user profiles by entering a keyword (ie. python programming) or by using filters for 5 criteria: profile type (only 3 types: student, professional, or mentor), skillset, language, location, or school (these can be dropdown menus). They should also be able to sort the results by recently active versus older profiles. The goal of this page is to direct users to search, browse (and ultimately message or follow) other users they feel have similar interests or complementary skillsets who they might want to get to know better. I imagine the page to display the search results under the search and filter/sort options in the same kind of baseball card layout as those on the home page, except maybe larger with more of their profile details on the baseball cards.
3. The third and last page is an ideas search and comment forum of sorts. It's similar to the profile search page in that it should also have a keyword search function and allow different filters, except that the filters here would be dropdown menus for category (default is "ALL"), language (default is "English", location (default is "ALL"), and recency (default is "<30 days"). The display of results here would be like a reddit thread, where different ideas are posted, and people can comment, upvote, downvote, flag as inappropriate or share the idea on social media. Visitors should also be able to publish a new idea to the forum. The goal is to get users to share, vote on, or publish a new idea.